A recent survey conducted on Stradbroke Island has reveled that healthy numbers of koalas, wallabies and kangaroos have survived the bushfire that ravaged the island over the fortnight.
After the massive fires that scorched Stradbroke Island over 16,000 hectares of bushland have been left charred and blackened.
Preliminary reports from wildlife carers on the island are optimistic as weekend surveys of burnt-out bush revealed Straddie’s much-loved animals appear to have survived in large numbers.
Koalas, Kangaroos, wallabies and many other creatures have survived the fire and Redland City Acting Mayor Alan Beard said natural instinct combined with the efforts of firefighters appears to have played a major role in their survival.
Cr. Beard did say some burnt wildlife was found but according to the recent survey many had escaped to pockets of safe bushland.
“Koalas, wallabies and mobs of kangaroos still in their pre-fire numbers were observed in good condition in pockets of bushland where they were able to seek refuge for shelter, food and water.”
Cr. Beard said a number of organizations provided time and resources to conduct the surveys, to find out the movements of the wildlife.
“An aerial survey was undertaken in conjunction with the Channel Seven News helicopter, along with a vehicle survey by the Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, a marine survey in conjunction with the University of Queensland, a second in-depth survey with the Local Government Association of Queensland and Redland City Council, as well as an eight-hour, two-vehicle survey by mining company Sibelco,” he said.
Recent rainfall should help damaged vegetation regrow and return to its former beauty.
Due to the generally positive results there will most likely not be any more formal wildlife surveys. However volunteers will remain on standby to collect any injured, orphaned or sick animals found by Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, Sibelco employees, Traditional Owners and the general community.
To report injured wildlife on North Stradbroke Island, the number to call is 0407 766 052.”
Public information sessions on 15 January 2014 will inform residents about the recovery efforts.
Cr Craig Ogilvie – whose Division 2 includes North Stradbroke Island – said the session would involve the Redland City Council, the Queensland Fire & Emergency Service and Queensland Police.
“We will provide the latest fire information including an overview of what’s happening next and when, a rundown on emergency planning and there will also be discussions about new signage,” Cr Ogilvie said.
The meetings will be held on Wednesday 15 January 2014 at Dunwich Community Hall (Cnr Ballow Road and Junner Street) at 10am, at Amity Point Hall (16 Ballow Rd) at 12 noon, and at Point Lookout Community Hall (East Coast Road) at 2pm.