Gallagher Toowoomba’s Alexandra Kennedy joined the Koala Ecology Group to take part in a long-running koala survey in the Eastern Darling Downs, aimed at understanding why populations of this Australian animal are declining in some areas. Her effort also contributes to the Gallagher Corporate Volunteering program marking the company’s 90th year in business.
Sadly, koalas are disappearing from many parts of Australia and, almost incredibly this iconic species has been listed as a vulnerable in Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT. In South East Queensland this has been attributed to loss of the eucalypt woodlands of their preferred habitat due to urban development, as well as dog attacks and vehicles strikes.
In rural areas the picture isn’t as clear. The Koala Ecology Group at University of Queensland, with the support of the Queensland Trust for Nature, are conducting a long-term survey of the koala population in the intense-agricultural region of East Darling Downs. The group checks the animals for signs of disease and they are tagged so they can be identified to help establish their numbers in the area.
Kennedy has embraced her new volunteer role with enthusiasm, as well as more than a few of the furry East Darling Downs koala cohort.
Gallagher has an active corporate responsibility program and a well-established policy of making strong connections with the communities in which we operate. The business is delighted to share in this incredibly worthwhile cause!
Our shared commitment
See how Gallagher’s commitment to supporting the communities where we operate translates as a real life ‘blueprint for better’ in our 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which features two of Gallagher Australia's volunteering programs, including this one!