Annual General Meeting
Time: 7.00 pm
You are cordially invited to our first ever hybrid AGM!
Via Zoom and in person at Lismore Workers Club, Keen St, Lismore
All members (and guests) are invited to attend and celebrate Friends of the Koala’s achievements over the past 12 months and to elect the 2020/21 Management Committee.
If you plan to come to the real-life AGM please RSVP via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/friends-of-the-koala-2020-agm-tickets-126631418983 and join the out-going Committee and our special guest speaker for a shared dinner at 6.00pm.
Zoom details will be sent to all registered attendees on Wednesday 18th. Due to physical distancing we are limited to 36 people at the Worker’s Club in our present room.
Guest Speaker – Amy Hocking
Amy Hockings is a student with the University of New England studying a Masters of Environmental Science (Research). She has also been employed as a Biosecurity Officer with North Coast Local Land Services for the past four years which is where her interest in wild dogs grew. Amy was devastated to learn about the recent predation event on koalas in SEQLD and when she looked into the issue there was conflicting views and a serious lack of research. This compelled her to investigate the interactions between wild dogs and koalas. We speculate that rehabilitated koalas may behave differently from established populations and very little information is available on the fate of those koalas, unless brought back into care. This project seeks to monitor the predation risk of the rehabilitated koalas and compare the results with a healthy free ranging, established koala population within the same study site. This study area is unique as it the first to look at fine scale movements of wild free ranging and rehabilitated koala over several months and is one of the few populations that have not been affected by the recent devastating bushfires. Information from this study will assist in building knowledge regarding the potential impact of wild dogs on koalas, assisting to mitigate threats to koalas & stabilise local populations.