Koala Crossing

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Landscape level restoration

Koalas in South East Queensland are under increasing pressure of urban encroachment. They need connected corridors to move, forage and breed, and their long-term survival requires protection at a landscape level.

Koala Crossing is situated at the base of Mt Flinders, 5km from the township of Peak Crossing. It joins the Flinders-Goolman Reserve and is the largest remaining stretch of open eucalypt forest in the region. Koala Crossing provides an important linkage for koalas in South East Queensland and the property is managed according to national koala recovery action plans.

Koala tree revegetation

Working with Greenfleet and other partners, QTFN has planted over 90,000 koala food and shelter trees at Koala Crossing since 2015. Ongoing revegetation and restoration work at Koala Crossing is supported by our Offsets with Outcomes program.

The property is managed to protect existing remnant and mature regrowth threatened species habitat and enhance existing vegetation though active management of key threatening processes such as fire, weeds and feral pests.

Partnering to protect

QTFN is working with local councils, the University of Queensland (UQ), and the local community of Peak Crossing to conduct critical research on the koalas of the Peak Crossing Area. With the help of the Koala Ecology Group (KEG) from UQ, this important research will provide information about koala movements and health in this area. Individual koalas will be tagged with coloured ear tags to allow for visual identification, and the results from the study will be used to identify areas for revegetation.

In the five years since acquisition QTFN has fostered 15 collaborative research projects that are expanding our knowledge of koalas in this region. Studies show koalas vary considerably in the home-range of habitat they use in this region, but individuals tracked within the reserve-network surrounding Koala Crossing generally roam across 20-100ha. Individual koalas in this region appear to prefer Corymbia citriodora and Eucalyptus tereticornis and Eucalyptus crebra (inferred from time spent in and proportion of trees with scats) and more scats are found beneath larger trees of each species.

Protecting high quality koala habitat

Koala Crossing was acquired to protect remnant and regrowth vegetation, including koala habitat from future development. At the time of purchase, Koala Crossing was threatened with immediate clearing due to changes in vegetation clearing regulations. Without new fencing, revegetation works and weed and pest management, there was an immediate and significant risk of loss of values of that habitat. 

Four different ecosystems are represented at Koala Crossing, one of which is ‘endangered’ and one of which is ‘of concern’ biodiversity status. These ecosystems are able to support a large variety of vulnerable species including the tusked frog (Adelotus brevis), collared delma (Delma torquata), glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), powerful owl (Ninox strenua), black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster), spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), brush- tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) and koala (Phascolarctos cinereus).

Meet some of the Koalas who have made their home at Koala Crossing

Blondie

“Blondie Bumstead” came into the care of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society in June 2014 as an adorable 18-month-old, after her mother was attacked and killed by two dogs. Following months of TLC and a four-week stint in koala kindy at the Moggill Koala Hospital, Blondie was released to her new home among the spotted gums of Koala Crossing.

Thurston

“Thurston” joined the QTFN family in May 2016. Found abandoned on the NRL Grand Final Day in 2015, the young male was hand-raised for eight months before becoming the third koala to be released into the wild at Koala Crossing. He joins Blondie, Miss Brownie and a community of 20 koalas QTFN is working to protect.

Alfie

Alfie was found as a 12-month old by Mt Gravatt police officer Constable Rio when a woman she were arresting on unrelated charges said she had the marsupial in her green canvas bag.

Lovingly cared for by Ipswich Koala Protection society carers after an outlandish start, orphaned koala Alfred was released to his new bush home at Koala Crossing in 2017. Watched by a group of school children, tree-planting volunteers, QTFN staff and his carers from the Ipswich Koala Protection Society, Alfie was released onto a swaying blue gum by his Senior Constable rescuer.

Blondie

“Blondie Bumstead” came into the care of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society in June 2014 as an adorable 18-month-old, after her mother was attacked and killed by two dogs. Following months of TLC and a four-week stint in koala kindy at the Moggill Koala Hospital, Blondie was released to her new home among the spotted gums of Koala Crossing.

Thurston

“Thurston” joined the QTFN family in May 2016. Found abandoned on the NRL Grand Final Day in 2015, the young male was hand-raised for eight months before becoming the third koala to be released into the wild at Koala Crossing. He joins Blondie, Miss Brownie and a community of 20 koalas QTFN is working to protect.

Alfie

Alfie was found as a 12-month old by Mt Gravatt police officer Constable Rio when a woman she were arresting on unrelated charges said she had the marsupial in her green canvas bag.

Lovingly cared for by Ipswich Koala Protection society carers after an outlandish start, orphaned koala Alfred was released to his new bush home at Koala Crossing in 2017. Watched by a group of school children, tree-planting volunteers, QTFN staff and his carers from the Ipswich Koala Protection Society, Alfie was released onto a swaying blue gum by his Senior Constable rescuer.

Koala Crossing

Base of Mt Flinders

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