Karla rescues her habitat

Elizabeth Reynolds with Karla to the Rescue. Photos: Rob Maccoll

By Margaret Maccoll

Noosa’s famous koala Karla is on a mission to save her own habitat and help her wildlife friends.

In her second book in a series of adventures of Karla the koala author Elizabeth Reynolds and illustrator Linda Wills are shedding light on the impact of bushfires on wildlife and raising money for the Noosa Koala Crusaders to help them create a koala sanctuary in the region and the Rural Fire Service who helped protect their homes in last years bushfires.

The children’s book was launched on Tuesday at a fundraising event in Hastings Street with a special guest appearance by Arlo the koala from Wildlife HQ, as well as Noosa MP Sandy Bolton who read to the children and Mayor Clare Stewart.

Elizabeth began writing her books after working with Tourism Noosa and discovering a shortfall in available books on Noosa.

Her first book, Karla, the coolest koala in Noosa, follows Karla as she spends a day in Hastings Street. The latest edition has Karla joining forces with Chloe the kangaroo as they help out where they can when their world is burning.

Elizabeth said being a lawyer and writer of short stories and poetry gave her the experience of a wordsmith before taking on the children’s books.

The first book was an instant hit, selling 2000 copies in its first eight months.

Elizabeth already has plans for her third book where Karla discovers the Great Barrier Reef.

For more information visit karlathekoala.com.au