Beaudesert Rotary commits to koala preservation

BEAUDESERT Rotary Club has been chosen from 54 clubs in District 9640 to partner the Currumbin Coolangatta Tweed club in raising funds to help develop a vaccine for koalas.

The clubs have committed to raising $50,000 to complement a $200,000 research grant for the Queensland University of Technology and the Universiity of Queensland.

Beaudesert Rotary Club president Lesley Turton said the money would go towards scientific studies and trials into a promising vaccine against chlamydia, a disease that threatens the existence of koalas. 

Ms Turton said the project was a natural progression from this year’s tree planting activities, where Rotary members partnered with Scenic Rim Regional Council to plant 100 trees for koalas and other wildlife at Waters Creek.

“Early next year we will get very active about this,” she said.

“We are hoping to reach our fundraising goal by the end of the financial year.

“In the meantime we visited the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital about three weeks ago and saw the important work they do.”

Among the group visiting the animal hospital was Beaudesert Rotary member and co-owner of Exact Express Radiology on William Street, Linda Jackson.

Ms Jackson asked their senior vet, Michael Pyne, if the hospital could do with a second ultrasound machine, given that when anything went wrong with the hospital’s equipment they would need donations just to have someone come out to look at it.

“They already had one but Michael was very pleased to accept another,” she said.

“We had a decommissioned ultrasound, there was nothing wrong with it and we were glad to deliver it to them yesterday.”

Ms Jackson said she and her husband Mark delivered just in the nick of time because their existing machine died right before they arrived.

“They plugged it in yesterday and it wouldn’t work, so instead of having two machines they are back to one.

“ But at least they can keep the old one for spare parts.”