AroonaA working cattle station for over fifty years
Working cattle station
QTFN runs a herd of nearly 300 cattle on our Queensland property, Aroona. We use cattle as land managers on a rotational system demonstrating that production, restoration and conservation can co-exist.
At Aroona, sustainable grazing practices go hand-in-hand with conservation outcomes.
Our vision for Aroona
In Queensland’s vast agricultural lands, there is massive potential to build on the value of natural capital, landholder know-how and collaborative co-operation.
As part of our commitment to facilitating research, QTFN is working with universities and researchers to better understand how grazing regimes and agricultural land management can deliver commercial value while also positively contributing to the health of Aroona’s native wildlife and ecosystems. Aroona presents an opportunity to demonstrate that fauna and flora conservation and cattle grazing can co-exist. The results of this research will be extremely significant for Queensland’s 145 million hectares of grazing land.
Abundant and Biodiverse
Aroona is home to a range of threatened species, including the brush-tailed rock-wallaby, koalas, powerful owls, and the glossy black cockatoo. Aroona’s large areas of diverse native vegetation facilitates natural ecological processes at the scale necessary to support varied and viable populations of wildlife.
Brush-tailed rock wallaby
Brush-tailed rock-wallabies were historically hunted widely for fur. It is thought that half a million were shot between the years 1884 and 1914, and the species is now listed as vulnerable by the Commonwealth Government.
Remaining populations are highly fragmented and have limited gene pool movement, making them highly susceptible to habitat loss and feral predators. Since Aroona was donated to QTFN, we have identified previously unknown populations of the rock-wallaby. Now we are supporting research to better understand their life-cycles and behaviours.
History of Aroona
Originally, Aroona was eight separate lots of cattle grazing land, acquired by Dr Robin and Kathleen Stock.
Over the years, the Stocks developed a special connection to the property and a keen interest in its resident wildlife. Given their love of local wildlife and wilderness, the Stocks wanted to see Aroona sustainably managed for both its production and conservation value. This desire aligned perfectly with the Trust’s vision to protect Queensland’s biodiversity on productive landscapes and enable sustainable land use.
The Stocks donated this $2.9 million property to QTFN in December 2015 creating a substantial and important conservation legacy.
Little Liverpool Range
Aroona forms an important part of the Little Liverpool Range, which connects to the Main Range National Park. The Main Range is part of the World Heritage Gondwana Rainforest of Australia and extends 70 kilometres from the New South Wales border to the north of Cunningham’s Gap.
The Little Liverpool Range is a critical wildlife corridor in South East Queensland, providing habitat for a number of threatened species. Land use in the area is primarily agriculture and animal husbandry; consequently, the lower slopes have been fragmented and substantially degraded.
The Little Liverpool Range Initiative was set up to encourage sustainable management of the Range’s conservation values through a coordinated network of land managers. The Initiative’s key stakeholders are the Ipswich City Council, QTFN, Spicers Gainsdale Resorts, the UQ Threatened Species Research Centre, the Rural Fire Brigade and local landholders.
To ensure the sustainability of the threatened species populations, it is critical to implement a range of recovery actions to improve their habitat. By leveraging excellent on-ground outcomes for a relatively small amount of funds, we are able to maximise the positive impact of collective conservation land management.Learn more about the LLRI
Our work with Landholders
We work with landholders to generate community interest and ownership.
Coordinated pest management and landscape restoration activities yield better results for species recovery and corridor planning than fragmented, individual efforts. Our primary focus is conservation land management, and we are able to share the results of our research at Aroona with landholders. This ensures the information feels practical and real, not theoretical, which makes all the difference.