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Koala Tree Planting to Occur in Kilcoy

PLANTING of about 500 blue gum trees will go ahead at Kilcoy to complement existing vegetation and further enhance the habitat of Hopetoun Field at Yowie Park.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the plantings would take into consideration future uses of the area and will be protected from cattle grazing.

“The planting will not only support koala populations, but also assist in protecting water quality in Kilcoy Creek and Lake Somerset,” Cr Lehmann said.

The implementation cost is $12,390 to prepare the site, purchase plants and materials required to ensure the plants thrive.

SEQ Water has committed $6,000 to the program with the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) contributing $1,000 and Council paying in excess of $5,000 towards ongoing annual maintenance costs.

The site will form an important habitat node for the Kilcoy koala population and it is hoped that as the trees grow and attain structure, they will attract resident flying foxes currently roosting at Anzac Park.

The koala and grey-headed flying fox are both listed as vulnerable species nationally with populations at risk of extinction.

Council will be coordinating closely with Brisbane Valley Kilcoy Landcare group to coordinate the plantings and facilitate community involvement. 

Wed - 26 / 04 / 2017