Partnering to Support Koala Conservation
We’d like to pay special tribute to our special community of partners and individuals who are making positive change within our Koala Habitat Partnerships Restoration Program (KHRPP). Since it commenced in 2019, the KHRPP has planted more than 170,000 koala trees across 100 hectares of cleared council and privately-owned land. A further 145 hectares of existing koala habitat is being restored using assisted regeneration techniques.
The KHRPP is committed to more than simply restoring habitat for koalas. It’s understanding koala’s food sources, their natural behaviour, their needs and their limitations to navigate through their environment. It’s understanding that a koala’s food source is more than simply planting trees, it’s ensuring which Eucalypt species are native to which area and offering variety in those species. The KHRPP success is because of the efforts and expertise of the collective team.
An example of this united effort occurred in Autumn at one of our project sites, Black Mountain in the Noosa region. Together, the Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Trust for Nature, Noosa and District Landcare and Noosa Shire Council worked with the landholders to plant 2000 trees across 1.67 hectares of land. This planting added to the already 4,050 trees planted within the program to reconnect habitat across this historically grazed property.
This is just one of seven project sites celebrating the collective achievements of all of our partners. With thanks to the success of the program and these partnerships, the expansion of the program was recently announced with interest landholders submitting expressions of interest to further extend koala habitat in South East Queensland.