Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

The Bear Facts of an Environmental Bargain; Koalas Share the Benefits

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

The Bear Facts of an Environmental Bargain; Koalas Share the Benefits

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ARTHUR

GORRIE

REPORTER

arthur.gorrie@gympietimes.com

KOALAS are a novel and important part of Gympie Regional Council's sewage treatment system, under a new deal between humans and their sleepy leaf-eating friends.

Using trees as a way of harnessing treated sewage, turning it from pollutant to plant food, is not such a new idea.

It has been used for some time in the Gympie region already.

But Mayor Mick Curran and environment portfolio councillor Wayne Sachs yesterday announced a whole new and unexpectedly appealing dimension to the process of human waste disposal and recycling - koalas.

More than 1000 eucalypt trees growing below the council's Widgee Crossing treatment plant will now turn all that purified organic fertiliser into koala food.

The people at Australia Zoo already gather leaves to feed their koalas, including those being treated in the zoo's animal hospital.

"At this stage, they harvest from the Imbil treatment plant four times a year," Cr Curran said, on site at Widgee Crossing yesterday. …

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