Steve Phillips
Australian Mammalogy 38, 158 - 163.

The effects of short-term disturbances that result in changes to movement patterns and/or behavior of wildlife are poorly understood. In this study movements of seven koalas were monitored before, during and after a 5-day music festival event. Aversive behavior in the form of evacuation of known ranging areas was demonstrated by three koalas that had core areas within 525 m of the approximate centre of the festival area, the associated responses comprising movements that were perpendicular to and away from staging areas where music was played.

Steve Phillips, Cheyne Flanagan, Tracey Wilson and Che Phillips
Technical Report

Timber is one of the few truly renewable resources and plantation-grown Australian hardwoods make a significant contribution to the lessening of impacts on biodiversity values in areas of native forest. Unfortunately, koalas residing or otherwise making use of Southern Blue Gum plantations in Victoria and South Australia are being injured or killed during tree-felling operations. This document promotes a Code of Practice (CoP) by which koala populations making significant use of plantation areas can be more sustainably managed.

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We have been working with community, the development industry and all levels of government for more than 15 years. We apply high ethical and professional standards to our work, striving for scientifically objective and data driven outcomes based on informed threatened species management, biodiversity conservation and the underlying principles and objectives of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

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Over the last couple of years, various parties have been engaged in the collection of field data relating to habitat use by koalas across the South Gippsland area, including the Strzelecki Ranges. Over 1000 field sites have  been sampled using RG-bSAT sampling protocols. We recently completed our analyses of the data and created a four-tiered koala habitat map for the study area. Amongst other things, analysis revealed a  hitherto unknown species of preferred koala food tree - Strzelecki Gum E. strzeleckii.