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Habitat for Koalas


A significant revegetation project comprising thousands of eucalypts and other native trees being planted in the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast has been undertaken. The project aims to increase habitat for the endangered Koala at Australian Wildlife Conservancy’s (AWC) Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary (Kabi Kabi country).


Up to 20 staff and skilled workforce interns from AWC and Barung Landcare spent five days planting up to 4,300 seedlings of 10 key Koala food trees and other local species across six hectares of the sanctuary. 


The land designated for reforestation was purchased by AWC in 2022, as part of a 26 hectare expansion of the sanctuary. While the central and western portion of the new section is healthy remnant forest, the eastern portion was utilised by previous owners as a cattle grazing paddock and is now a clear block with introduced pasture grasses.


In the months leading up to tree planting, Barung Landcare germinated and developed seedlings from seeds collected at Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary, such as Koala favourites, White Mahogany (Eucalyptus acmeniodes), Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus grandis), and Queensland Blue Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis). 


Barung Landcare returned to the sanctuary late last month, to prepare the paddock for the 30 centimetre seedlings by slashing the towering 1.5 metre introduced pasture grasses. 



Kate Seehuusen, Barung Landcare Natural Area Manager, said the week of tree planting was a workout for all but well worth the effort. 


“This project is a step in the right direction for helping to strengthen our Koala populations and create corridors which will in turn help other local species.” 


The revegetation work is part of a three-year Koala conservation project at AWC’s Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary and Mount Zero-Taravale Wildlife Sanctuary in northwest of Townsville. 


The project received grant funding from the Australian Government’s Koala Conservation and Protection Grant and includes thermal drone and bioacoustics monitoring to determine the presence and abundance of koalas at both sanctuaries. 


For more information on AWC’s work at Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary, visit australianwildlife.org/where-we-work/curramore/


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