You see them in trees, crossing the road and now you could see a koala on Wollondilly Council’s logo.
Councillor Michael Banasik will ask the council to incorporate a koala symbol or photo in council’s logo, letterheads and on newly installed signs throughout the shire at the next council meeting.
“We have seen how passionate people in the shire are about saving the koalas,” Cr Banasik said.
“More than 13,000 people signed the council’s petition and the vast majority of those signatures came from people in the shire.
“We know the community is passionate about saving koala habitat and stopping koalas getting killed while crossing the road.”
Cr Banasik said the council had been campaigning for months to save the shire’s disease-free koala population.
Last week Mayor Judith Hannan presented its koala petition to state Parliament.
The council, and the petition, called on the state government to repeal the rezoning of the South East Wilton precinct, which threatens to bisect the southern portion of the Allens Creek, a vital koala corridor.
Cr Banasik said the council should “continue to strike while the iron was hot”.
“Putting a koala symbol on council documents will be zero cost to council,” he said.
“The council is in the process of reviewing and updating its signs anyway so when that happens the koala symbol can be included.
“Now is the time to do it.”
Cr Banasik said the small initiative would help boost the shire’s profile.
“We are already becoming known as the council and shire that wants to save the koalas,” he said.
“If there are koalas on our signs then people will definitely recognise Wollondilly .
“The initiative could be a great tourism marketing tool for the shire.”
Camden Council uses a platypus on its logo and Cr Banasik was pleased both councils cared about protecting native wildlife.
“Now the pressure is on Campbelltown to put a native animal on its signs,” he said.
Cr Banasik also suggested Koala Place could be a viable name for a new street.
He reminded people to attend the council’s Save Our Koala Summit on Tuesday, September 11 from 10am to 2pm at Appin Community hall.
Locals will hear from leading experts and koala advocates about the threats to the unique disease free colony in south western Sydney.
RSVP by August 24 to firstname.lastname@example.org because spaces are limited.