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Gold Coasters Slugged $3 Levee To Help Save The Koalas

Cost of a coffee to save a koala

Gold Coasters Slugged $3 Levee To Help Save The Koalas Mayor Tom Tate announces Koala Fund

For the price of a small coffee a year, Gold Coasters will be helping to save the lives of our local koalas.

In the new financial year, ratepayers will be forking over a $3 levee to a new Koala Fund.

The $800,000 raised in 2018/19 will then be put towards protecting the furry, Aussie icon.

Councillor Cameron Caldwell helped make the announcement on Friday morning, saying it is a worthwhile cause.

"I believe that the $3 levee is a small price for all of us to pay," he said.

"We can swap a coffee for a koala and I think that's a wonderful gesture for all Gold Coasters to make".

Council will use the cash, as well as getting a $10 million loan, to buy land in the northern suburbs, which will then be kept as protected koala habitats.

Mayor Tom Tate said the koalas and the land won't be hidden away from the public though, with council planning on opening 30 walking trails through the sanctuaries so we can catch a glimpse of the cuddly natives.

"No longer are we going to lock up our open space, we are opening it up for locals and tourists alike," said Cr Tate.

The City Budget will be delivered on June 21, with general rates expected to go up by CPI or less.