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Gold Coast Weekly | Issue #40 | Koalas on the road

Did you know that the coastline between Burleigh Point and Snapper Rocks was declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2015?

Issue 40: In this week's edition, we're sharing tips on how dog owners can help keep koalas safe this breeding season, inviting you to the biggest pest fishing event in South East Queensland, and connecting you with new park facilities to explore.

Attention all dog owners

Be an alert dog owner this koala breeding season

Did you know that most dog and koala incidences take place inside backyards? Sadly, last year 25 koalas suffered dog attacks in suburbs across the Gold Coast. Regardless of the size or temperament of your dog, when approached by an unfamiliar animal in their own backyard, a dog may naturally feel threatened and react in an unexpected manner. While dog bites may not be visible on a koala, even a minor bite can become infected and be fatal for a koala.

Here are some actions you can take to help prevent fatal injuries to koalas: 

  • Safely contain your dogs, keeping them indoors at night or confined on a veranda or in a garage area. Alternatively, try smaller enclosures, runs or long tethers.
  • ​Be aware that koalas live in, or close to, many off-leash dog parks. Always keep your dog under effective control and on a leash unless in a designated off-leash area.
  • If you see a koala on the ground in an off-leash area, place your dog on a lead immediately and keep a safe distance until the koala climbs back up a tree.
  • Install koala-friendly backyard fencing that enables koalas to easily climb and exit a backyard.

If you see a koala that is in danger, injured or deceased – call Wildcare Australia on 07 5527 2444 immediately. For more information, visit our website.

Tilapia Buster Fishing Tournament

Reel in for Tilapia Buster Fishing Tournament

Hook, line and sinker - put your fishing skills to the test and join hundreds of Gold Coast anglers on Saturday 6 November for the biggest pest fishing event in South East Queensland.


The free Tilapia Buster fishing event aims to remove pest fish from our precious waterways resulting in an improved environment for our native fish species.


Since the inaugural event in 2015, anglers have protected native fish by removing over 2.5 tonnes of Tilapia from Robina Lakes and surrounds. The event is a family-friendly fun day out with prizes on offer for different age groups.


If you're a keen competitor, register via Eventbrite and complete an online indemnity form found on our event website.


Find a new park to explore this weekend

Looking for your next picnic spot, a place to kick the football with the family or somewhere to find your zen in nature? We have you covered.


The Gold Coast is home to 2,277 parks, covering more than 16,000 hectares that feature over 600 playgrounds, more than 280 sports fields and over 380 barbecues.


With so many fantastic facilities to use and locations to explore, our online Park Finder connects you to information on over 500 of our most popular parks.


Search by function and locate great parks for children, barbecues, fitness and exercise, accessibility, BMX, skating, weddings, exploring nature and more. Find further details on our park facilities on our website.


Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

30 October, 4pm-9pm

Take in the gentle breeze at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, featuring 100+ stalls, local artisans and live music performances.


Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Cost: Free

Walk With Me Halloween Edition

Walk with me (Halloween theme)

31 October, 8am-9.30am

Bring the whole family along and spend a morning with your dog to meet new furry friends, get active and learn tips from an animal behaviourist.


Where: Albert Park, Broadbeach Waters

Cost: Free

Colourful Minds program

Colourful Minds program

31 October, 10am-2pm

Do you know a creative kid? Children aged four and up can ignite their inner artist with their own easel, paints and stencil. No bookings required.


Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport (next to bouncy pillow)

Cost: Free


Road Closure Notifications

Where: Marine Parade between Nind Street and Scarborough Street (lane closure)

When: 25 October to 30 November, 6am-6am

To view all the road closures taking place on the Gold Coast visit our Media Centre or Department of Transport and Main Roads.

Casual Shoot Arounds

Want to practice your basketball skills and see if you can score a three pointer? Our Gold Coast Sports & Leisure Centre, Runaway Bay Indoor Stadium and Coomera Indoor Sports Centre offer casual basketball shoot around sessions in world-class court facilities. Book a 10-visit pass for $45 and save 10%. Sessions are subject to availability.

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