Koala Monitoring

Koala Habitat Restoration – Kirbys Environment Reserve
This project is being undertaken as part of the Commonwealth Koala Community Grants opportunity. The objective of this program is to support community-led conservation and recovery efforts to improve the extent, quality and connectivity of the Koala, as well as improve data and knowledge of Koala populations and health across their range. Kirbys Environmental Reserve is a core koala habitat area and key area of connectivity between Kondalilla National Park and Maleny National Park.


Our project aims to improve outcomes for Koalas within Kirby’s Environmental Reserve by addressing:


  1. Restoration and rehabilitation of habitat
  2. Monitoring and evaluation of pest species and threats
  3. Monitoring and evaluation of the koala 
  4. Community engagement through education and participation in citizen science 
On-ground activities will include natural assisted regeneration and weed management, planting of 2000 trees, thermal drone imaging and detection dog monitoring of koalas and motion sensor monitoring of pest species. We also aim to engage the local community through a community tree planting day and koala education and monitoring days. Much of the remaining koala habitat resides on private land, and recording sightings is a vital step in conserving koala populations.

Habitat Restoration

Regeneration works using the Bradley method of restoration will be undertaken on site. Our team are clearing woody weeds to encourage native recruitment & planting 2000 trees.

Threat & Pest Monitoring

Pests and threats are being monitored with 8 strategically placed wildlife trail cameras.

Koala Monitoring

We’re partnering with UniSC’s Detection Dogs for Conservation to conduct koala scat & presence surveys, and using our thermal drone imaging to detect koalas.

Report a Koala Sighting

Everyone can play a role in koala conservation by getting out into nature to learn more about koala populations in your local area. Reporting koala sightings can help to monitor populations over time and inform conservation planning and action at local, state and national levels.


  • QWildlife, a Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science app
  • QLD Koala Count, a Koala Action Group QLD Inc. project with Atlas of Living Australia
  • KoalaMap, Australian Koala Foundation


National Recovery Plan for the Koala

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

South East QLD Koala Conservation Strategy 2020 – 2025

Department of Environment and Science

Planting trees for koalas

A guide for Coastal South East Queensland, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

National Koala Tree Planting List

A guide to koala tree species for your LGA, Australian Koala Foundation

(Sunshine Coast LGA, page 159)