In response to turtle hatchlings emerging on Teewah Beach which is an important breeding ground for endangered marine turtles, better protection during turtle season will be discussed at the next Teewah Cooloola Working Group in Mid-April. In addition, this issue was raised with the Minister for Environment during Question Time in Parliament, which can be found at https://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/tableOffice/questionsAnswers/2021/153-2021.pdf
QPWS rangers are continuing to patrol the area and working closely with Coolum and Cooloola Coast Care groups to identify potential sites. However, if you come across a turtle nest, please do not disturb and report it to either the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service on 13 74 68 or call Coolum and North Shore Coast Care on 0478 435 377.
A reminder for all motorists to exercise increased caution when traversing the beach, especially at night. If hatchlings are making their way across the beach, motorists should stop and wait for the hatchlings to reach the ocean, before continuing.
For more information, please visit https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/20647