Six-month-old Vina whose mother was killed by a car.
Six-month-old Vina whose mother was killed by a car. David Nielsen

Carers do best for doomed koalas

WHILE she holds a fear that wild koalas in south-east Queensland are doomed, carer Marilyn Spletter does her best to give them a chance at life.

Ms Spletter, a Hattonvale resident and vice president of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society, has helped out at Moggill Koala Hospital for more than 20 years.

Koalas are housed in wards that are named to offer a clue to the animals' conditions - cystitis, conjunctivitis, intensive care, injury and koala kindy for hand-reared youngsters.

Mrs Spletter said the main danger for koalas was loss of their habitat through development.

"Eventually there's going to be no koalas in the wild in south-east Queensland," she said.

"If people tied their dogs up, koalas would stand a bit of a chance.

"Possums adapt to neighbourhoods and small yards.

"Koalas can only eat eucalypts, so they have to travel.

"We have to plant koala food trees. If you look after the trees, you're protecting all wildlife."

Mrs Spletter is tenderly bottle-feeding Vina, a six-month-old koala picked up at Peak Crossing after her mum was killed by a car.

"She was 400g when I got her - she's 750g now," she said.

Moggill Koala Hospital celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 7.

The riverfront site was given to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service by Jessie McGilchrist.

If you are interested in volunteering, phone 3202 0267.