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Les Hughes Sporting Complex Replanting  Project,
Bray Park, Queensland.
(2007/2008)

Federal Government Envirofund
Grant - $12,148

This site of approximately 6 hectares was already home to an established koala population. In January work began by removing 52 non endemic weed tree species that included E. torelliani and Pinus radiata which will eventually be replaced with koala food trees. These weed trees were subsequently mulched and used in ongoing revegetation activities.

 

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Mulch made from weed tree species.

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Early stages of planting.

 

In addition, large grassed areas were mulched and replanted with koala food trees and other natives to increase the carrying capacity of the area.

Some of the funds were used to mark and spray the site to remove exotic weeds and grasses. Additional weed free forest mulch was purchased, delivered and spread over the marked beds to soften and sweeten the soil to achieve optimal growth.

When soil is exposed, residual water evaporates. Mulching protects the soil and helps retain moisture. By mechanically digging the holes after good rainfall, water can penetrate the dry soil reducing evaporation rates after it is exposed. 

KAI members and local residents planted 700 native endemic tube stock including 175 koala food trees.

   

All plants were sourced from Pine Rivers Community Nursery, Eaton's Hill Queensland. These plants were propagated by volunteers using seed stock from the local area. This ensures that the plants can readily adapt to local soil and climatic conditions. Experience has shown us that planting species endemic to the area results in optimal growth.

The grant included a watering regime of approximately three litres of water per plant on three separate occasions.

KAI also secured a commitment from Moreton Bay Regional Council to mow the grass between the beds on an ongoing basis.

Our commitment extended to undertaking two years of maintenance on all sites which includes manual removal of weeds surrounding the plant and the use of a broad-spectrum systemic Glyphosate herbicide to remove weed and grass species that negatively impact on the growth of the plants.

To see other replanting and rehabilitation projects please follow this link.

 

South East Queensland Koala food trees species planted:

leafpoint Spotted Gum (Corymbia citriodora)
leafpoint Large-leaf Spotted Gum (Corymbia henryi)
leafpoint Pink Bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia)
leafpoint Large-fruited Grey Gum (Eucalyptus biturbinata)
leafpoint Narrow-leaf Ironbark (Eucalyptus crebra)
leafpoint Grey Ironbark (Eucalyptus siderophloia)
leafpoint Rose Gum (Eucalyptus grandis)
leafpoint Tallow Wood (Eucalyptus microcorys)
leafpoint Gum-topped Box (Eucalyptus mollucana)
leafpoint Blackbutt  (Eucalyptus pilularis) 
leafpoint Small-fruited Grey Gum (Eucalyptus propinqua)
leafpoint Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus racemosa)
leafpoint Red Mahogany (Eucalyptus resinifera)
leafpoint Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta)
leafpoint Sydney Blue Gum (Eucalyptus saligna)
leafpoint Narrow-leaf Red Gum (Eucalyptus seeana)
leafpoint Qld Blue Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis)
leafpoint Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus)
leafpoint Broad-leaved Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia)

KAI undertakes a range of koala based activities including educational, the raising and care of orphaned koala joeys, public awareness as well as environmental and medical research.

For further information, please follow this link.

     
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