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Stewartdale Nature Refuge koala habitat restoration project, Ripley.

  • Stewartdale Nature Refuge Ripley, Queensland (map)

The Stewartdale koala restoration project is the largest on ground koala restoration project implemented in Queensland. Negotiations with the landholders, the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia and the Queensland government commenced in 2012 and in 2013, the 969 ha site was declared a Nature Refuge. Detailed restoration planning was undertaken and has guided the design and implementation of the project including seed collection, site preparation and the installation of 18 km of fauna friendly fencing designed to protect establishing trees while ensuring fauna movement throughout the site is retained. The site is being restored by assisted regeneration across approx. 65 ha and more than 114, 000 trees have been planted with approx. 92% success rate.  Participants will be guided around the site to observe firsthand how it is developing while gaining insights into the challenges and rewards of restoring large sites. Any questions you have about the project will be answered by a representative from the State government, the project manager and those intimately involved with the implementation of the project. Additional representatives from Birds Australia will also be available to talk about the 69 bird species so far recorded on Bundamba Lagoon and how this too influenced project design and works across the 211 ha project area. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have also established a koala food plantation at the entrance to the site to assist feeding koalas at the Daisy Hill sanctuary.

Morning tea and lunch on site overlooking Bundamba lagoon.

Partners in the project include the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, the Department of Environment, Heritage and Protection (State Government), Birds Australia and professional contractor, Ecosure.

Cost: $45 per person. Includes travel, packed morning tea and lunch and restoration guides.

Date and time: Friday 28th September 08:00 – 15:00. Depart and return from/to UQ.

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Coastal Restoration – The mighty Tweed