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11 Sep 2013
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Time and beliefs can change the value that human beings place on animals and the environments that we live in. 

Koalas for example are renowned worldwide as an animal symbolic of the Australian landscape.

This gentle native creature is currently on the endangered species list and their survival is under the protection of the federal government.

Turn the clock back to 1927 when the federal government declared open season on the koala population and more than half a million animals were killed for their pelts.

The shooting season only lasted for one month; however the decision had decimated Noosa’s local koala population. 

They lived in close proximity to the settlement at Noosa Heads and their 20 hour sleeping patterns made them an easy target for local hunters.

It was only some forty years later in the 1960’s that conservationist Dr Arther Harrod and local Noosa conveyer Max Walker lobbied the federal government to reintroduce koalas back to the Noosa area. 

The State Government’s Department of Agriculture and Stock built special carrying cases that housed six koalas and one joey which Dr Harrold and Mr Walker released into Noosa National Park.

It is believed that the koalas existing in the Noosa National Park today are the direct descendants of these relocated animals. Both Max Walker and Dr Arther Harrod played a role in building Noosa’s cultural landscape.


Nowadays there is a delicate balance between plants and animals that locals fight hard to preserve. Noosa has a strong sense of community where people work together to protect the environment.  

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