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Ipswich City Council Enviro Organisation Award

Ipswich City Council Enviro Organisation Award

Our CEO, Steve Lacey, was honoured to accept the 2019 Ipswich City Council Enviro Organisation Award on behalf of the QTFN team.

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The award recognised multiple activities to support threatened species and control predators at our 2000 ha cattle property, Aroona Station, 55km southwest of Ipswich.

 

In accepting the award, Steve acknowledged the phenomenal legacy of Dr Robin and Kathleen Stock who donated Aroona to QTFN in 2015. Their desire to see Aroona sustainably managed for both its production and conservation value, inspires our ambitious work at the property.

 

Congratulations to joint Enviro Organisation Award winner, Springfield Lakes Nature Care, recognised for delivering environmental projects and events around Ipswich.

 

Thanks to our cattle manager, Chris Schreiweis, education partner Wonder of Science, delivery, project and business partners, as well as many community volunteers for helping us achieve our vision for Aroona.

 

Learn more about our work at Aroona

QTFN Appoints New CEO

QTFN Appoints New CEO

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steve Lacey as our new Chief Executive Officer.

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Steve brings a unique perspective with over 10 years’ experience managing and consulting in Australia for state and national agricultural groups in the areas of risk, productivity and profitability, natural resource management and natural capital.

 

Prior to joining QTFN, Steve was the Manager – Natural Capital for AgForce Queensland Farmers Ltd. Combining his strong stakeholder networks and passion for conservation, presents an exciting opportunity to build new alliances to benefit Queensland’s natural environment.

 

Steve picks up from Nerida Bradley who has taken up the position as CEO of the Australian Land Conservation Alliance, after growing QTFN in to a thriving and sustainable business. We would like to thank Nerida for her dedication and commitment, and we are pleased she will continue in an advisory capacity managing commercial projects.

 

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Koala Crossing Reawakens!

Koala Crossing Reawakens!

Three years on, Koala Crossing is transforming! Planted in 2016 in partnership with our friends at Greenfleet, more than 90,000 trees are revitalising the landscape. 

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As you can see, the plantings are well on their way to providing new habitat for koala and other local wildlife.  Careful treatment of weeds followed by substantial recent rains has helped the trees survive critical drought conditions.  Habitat created at Koala Crossing will provide important connectivity for koalas in the Flinders Karawatha corridor, the largest remaining stretch of open eucalypt forest in the region.  Find out more about Koala Crossing 👉 bit.ly/QTFNKoalaCrossing  

Joining Forces to build cassowary connections

Joining Forces to build cassowary connections

QTFN has joined forces again with (C4) Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation organisation to secure more habitat for cassowaries.

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We were pleased to acquire part of a significant wildlife corridor at Smiths Gap, north of Tully. Over 10,000 trees will now be planted to provide safe avenues for cassowary movement, in partnership with C4 and Terrain NRM.

Sandy and Purga Creek Koala Research Project

Sandy and Purga Creek Koala Research Project

Queensland Trust for Nature, Scenic Rim Regional Council, the New Hope Group and UQ’s Koala Ecology Group partnered to undertake important koala research in the Peak Crossing area.

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Our research aims to investigate habitat use of koalas along Sandy and Purga Creeks, between the Flinders-Goolman Reserve and the town of Peak Crossing. GPS tracking devices placed on koalas will monitor their movements over several months. Data retrieved from collars fitted to koalas we capture in the study will describe movement patterns and reveal which sites are most popular.

Can you help? We need access to properties between the 12 and 14 March. We are also interested in recent koala sightings in the Peak Crossing area. For more information about participating in the study please email Felicity Shapland [email protected]

Inspiring benefactors help us look to the future

Inspiring benefactors help us look to the future

Dr Robin and Kathleen Stock joined neighbouring farmers, NRM groups, local government and QTFN business partners at the Aroona Future Directions workshop.

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Participants were treated to a tour of the property and then got stuck into a brainstorming and strategic directions session.  Drawing upon their all the experience and expertise in the room, QTFN is building exciting future directions for our work at Aroona Station.  A key message from all participants was the phenomenal potential for Aroona to be a demonstration model for how conservation and agriculture can combine into successful sustainable businesses.

If you’d like to be contribute to the future directions of Aroona please email [email protected]  

New Hope Group at Avoid Island

New Hope Group at Avoid Island

In November 2017, we had the pleasure of hosting a group of corporate volunteers from the New Hope Group.

During their two-day trip to Avoid Island, the enthusiastic team rolled up their sleeves and got hands-on with recording

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species data as well as habitat restoration and beach clean-up activities. These activities are critical at the beginning of flatback turtle nesting season to ensure the beaches are free of marine debris that the turtles (and other marine life) could ingest. Restoration work also included removing weeds that can prevent access to nesting beaches for the turtles.

Aroona Reptile Survey

Aroona Reptile Survey

On a very wet weekend in October 2017, 50 dedicated volunteers braved the weather to take part in our annual reptile and amphibian survey at Aroona.

Our participants discovered six frog species and eight new reptile species

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that hadn’t been found at the property previously. But the icing on the (soggy) cake was our first sighting of a koala at Aroona!

The data collected during this survey will be used to inform the management of the property and has been provided to Queensland’s WildNet database. Once identified, species were released exactly where they were captured.

Totally Wild

Totally Wild

Our favourite kid’s wildlife show, Totally Wild, filmed episodes on two QTFN properties in 2017!

The elusive brush-tailed rock wallaby was the star of two episodes filmed at

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Aroona. Four episodes were made with 10 lucky year nine students and Wonder of Science ambassadors attending Flatback Bivouac at Avoid Island.

Watch episodes here:

Season 24 – episode 146 (about 20 mins and 20 seconds in)

Season 24 – episode 147 (about 12 mins in)

Season 25 – episode 24 (about 4 mins 55 seconds in)

Tinana Koala research project

Tinana Koala research project

QTFN’s Conservation Manager, Tanya Pritchard is excited to be working alongside Dr Bill Ellis on the Tinana Koala Research Project.

In many areas of the Fraser Coast local koala populations are decreasing.

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The Tinana area (near Maryborough) is experiencing rapid urban development; at the same time, there is a lack of scientific research and monitoring programs focussed on koalas and their habitat in this area.

This research project will help to gauge the current status of the koala population in this area and provide a broader understanding of the health of koalas in the Maryborough district of the Fraser Coast.

We know the poorly studied koala population has regional importance, and this research will give us the information and tools to better protect them.

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