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William Road Replanting Project,
Burpengary, Queensland
(2010/2012)

Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Assistance Scheme Grant
Koala Action Inc. - $5,000
Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. - $5,000

This project was undertaken by Koala Action Inc. (KAI) and Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc. (MBKR) as a joint venture to provide an additional source of koala food trees as well as other natives to increase the site's carrying capacity.

Some of these trees will be used for shelter during hot summers and heavy rain.

 


Maintenance at William Road.

With a total of $10,000 from the Moreton Bay Regional Council Community Assistance Scheme Grants Program ($5,000 from Koala Action Inc. and $5,000 from Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc.), work began to replant koala food trees and other natives into this existing park.

The park was located near large acreage properties and a bushland reserve so our efforts have ensured that the carrying capacity of this site for koalas and other native wildlife has been substantially increased. 

william-road-finiished-1One year later.

 

The site was approximately 1100 m2 and divided into two beds, one slightly larger than the other. Organic native fertiliser and water crystals were deposited manually into a mechanically pre dug hole.

A total of 800 native tube stock that included 150 koala food trees were planted by members of both groups and local residents.

The koala food trees were planted before the others to give them a head start. We focus on these trees due to an urgent need for  additional food sources.

This practice has proven beneficial because it allows those species to grow faster than other plants that will compete for available water and nutrients.

South East Queensland Koala food trees species planted:

leafpoint Spotted Gum (Corymbia citriodora)
leafpoint Pink Bloodwood (Corymbia intermedia)
leafpoint Narrow-leaf Ironbark (Eucalyptus crebra)
leafpoint Rose Gum (Eucalyptus grandis)
leafpoint Tallow Wood (Eucalyptus microcorys)
leafpoint Small-fruited Grey Gum (Eucalyptus propinqua)
leafpoint Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus robusta) 
leafpoint Narrow-leaf Red Gum (Eucalyptus seeana)
leafpoint Qld Blue Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis)
leafpoint Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus)
   

The grant included a watering regime of approximately four 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.

 

william-road-finished-2This is what it's all about.

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.

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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