On a clear early morning in April, members of the QKC volunteers threw their muscles in to help the newly formed Edward Allison Park Bushcare Group restore wildlife habitat along the water course of Cedar Creek, in Draper, north west of Brisbane, in collaboration with Moreton Bay Regional Council.
This first stage, involved clearing of weeds, digging holes, planting trees, watering and spreading mulch. There will be several more working bees in the coming months to extend the area to be restored and to maintain existing habitat. This will eventually connect to an expanding wildlife and koala habitat corridor stretching for many kilometres along Cedar Creek.
In the second half of 2021, the veil of corona virus movement and gathering restrictions began to lift and QKC was able to resume activities that are in line with its vision to be a voice for the koalas by protecting and developing koala habitat, providing support for koala carers and advocating for the cause of our endangered koalas.
In a short few months, we have engaged in habitat tree planting activities in a number of sites across south east Queensland from Imbil near Gympie, to the Noosa Hinterland and the Moreton Bay region.
We are actively seeking more planting opportunities so that we can improve and increase koala habitat, providing movement corridors for koalas and other wildlife whilst adding to the biodiversity value of the land. QKC is keen to collaborate with all levels of government, community groups and private landowners to achieve this aim.
In November, QKC was a proud sponsor of the highly successful Noosa Wild Koala Gala, put on by Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation. Over 300 people attended and were treated to wonderful food, entertainment, and presentations by a panel of leading koala researchers and advocates including our ambassador, Meghan Halverson.
Noosa Wild Koala Gala
QKC has also provided significant funding to Koala Action Inc., Koala Action Gympie Region and Koala Land and Wildlife Support as well as making financial contributions to individual koala carers.
The up listing of the koala’s status from vulnerable to endangered in Queensland, New South Wales, and ACT in 2022, means there is even more work to be done. The new team at Queensland Koala Crusaders is right up for the challenge. Come and join us and help us make a difference.
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