Koala workshop at CQUniversity

2 Feb 2012

Jacquie Mackay from ABC Capricorn interviewed Adjunct Professor Frank Carrick at the Koala workshop at CQUniversity in Rockhampton about the Koala Venture program, which is a research partnership between The University of Queensland's Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation and Rio Tinto Coal Australia. Jacquie also spoke to Bill Ellis, who explains the conservation research which he has been conducting on St Bees Island.

This morning I brought you the program from CQUniversity in Rockhampton where local, national and international koala experts are meeting this week to talk about conservation of koalas in both Central Queensland and the nation and the threats to koala populations.

This morning there are dozens of people at Central Queensland all talking about one of Australia's favourite animals - the koala.

Here in Central Queensland there has been a great deal of research into the koala populations in the region, a lot of it has been done by Dr Alistair Melzer the Senior Research Fellow for the Centre for Environmental Management at CQUniversity.

Dr Melzer has worked on trying to help with the recovery of both the bridled nailtail wallaby and hairy nosed wombat and is involved in conservation planning for the koala. These are really important discussions, especially as the Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke is in the process of deciding whether or not to add the koala to the list of nationally threatened species.