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QKC Newsletter May 2023

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Noosa and District Land Care are sourcing seeds

Their production nursery is currently seeking seed from the following native species. Please feel free to drop in collected seed to our Hinter Hub store on Station Street, Pomona. 

  • Alyxia ruscifolia - Chain Fruit - collect seed when orange. 
  • Flindersia australis - Crow’s Ash - collect unopened pods directly from tree. Collect when pods have browned off. Small window of opportunity to collect - can open quickly once browning of seed pod has occurred. 

When collecting native seed, keep in mind that this is also food for our native wildlife and a source for genetic flow and regeneration across the region. Only collect a maximum 20% of available ripe seed or fruit from a single plant. Take a sample of leaf, stem and flowers so we can clearly identify which species it is.

For more information you can email  [email protected]

Habitat reconnected after bushfires

Across NSW & QLD, connectivity between patches of core habitat was improved across 228,137 hectares of land, forests restored and weeds removed by a partnership between IFAW and Great Eastern Ranges.

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Help review Queensland's koala protections

  • Feedback is being sought on Queensland’s strong koala protection regulations 
  • More than 714,040 hectares are mapped as koala habitat under the Palaszczuk Government’s south east Queensland koala habitat regulations, introduced in 2020
  • The regulations are complemented by $24.6 million in funding to protect koalas and implement the 2020-2025 south east Queensland Koala Strategy

The Palaszczuk Government is asking Queenslanders to have their say and help strengthen the state’s south east Queensland koala protections.

Submissions close at 5pm on June 5, 2023.

Conservation Strategy Details

Have your say here

Joey stuck in car grill

In a heartbreaking accident, a koala mother was struck by a car and sadly did not make it, leaving behind her young joey.

As the car drove 30 kilometres further, Eamon, the koala joey less than 12 months old, was miraculously discovered stuck in the grill of the car.

Upon being transported to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, little Eamon received a complete health assessment from our round-the-clock veterinary team, before admitting him to the Perry MacFarlane Koala Intensive Care Unit.

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Wild Koala Day at the Maleny Wood Expo

QKC recognised Wild Koala Day for 2023 by holding an information booth at the Maleny Wood Expo from 28 April through 30 April. The event was well attended with over 9,000 people visiting over the four day festival. The organiser wrote: “The food and entertainment was amazing, the Sunshine Coast Wootha Prize exhibit was inspiring, people loved the workshops and talks, the Nature Hub was a hit for learning and networking, people absolutely loved what was on offer for the kids, and people lining up at the gates said it was the most diverse the Wood Expo has ever been.”

Anika Lehmann, one of our founders and David Mackenzie, Treasurer, each spoke at the Speaker’s Tent to educate the public on koalas, and both speaking events were also well attended. 

Our wonderful members were incredibly supportive as well, as we had lots of great help for all three days we were there. Huge thanks to:

Rex and Meghan Halverson, Evaline Rawlinson, Kurt Jones, Bernard Jean, Ange Fairweather, Stefanie Fishel, Therase Burke for their support in helping attend the stall. 

Despite the challenging weather conditions, we were able to meet and greet lots of interested people who would love to see more koalas in the Region. It was a wonderful event!

Lockyer Community Action Group on Wild Koala Day

The Lockyer Valley Community Action group took to the streets on Wild Koala Day this year.

They had a team of residents come together on the Monday prior to produce signs with messages about a rocket engine testing facility that was approved just 4.5km north of Helidon and just 12 months ago had lodged a Development Application to significantly expand the operation. 

On the morning of Wild Koala Day fourteen people walked the streets of Gatton (where the Lockyer Valley Regional Council office is located) for several hours with the signs which culminated in them gathering outside the Council offices.

There was a great response from people on the street, and lots of "thumbs up" from passing motorists.

Well done team and may the message not fall on deaf ears.

Click here for a leaflet giving a condensed description of the issues.

Wild Koala Day makes Channel 7 News

Gympie landholders urged to plant more koala-friendly trees Gympie landholders are being urged to plant more koala-friendly trees to link up fragmented vegetation for the endangered species. Rescuers fear the region's koalas could be wiped out within decades.

QKC member and legend, Bernard Jean makes an appearance in the story...

Video Courtesy of: 7NEWS at 6pm

7news.com.au/news/sunshine-coast

Click here to signup as a volunteer

 

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Koala Habitat Family Planting Day - Hinterland Bush Links, 21st May

Join our friends at Hinterland Bush Links to plant 200 koala food and habitat trees in Booroobin, on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, followed by morning tea in nature.

This planting will contribute to Hinterland Bush Links Koala Habitat Project, which aims to plant a total of 5000 koala food and habitat trees on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, to restore, protect, and connect our natural areas.

This project is partially funded by the Australian Governments Saving Koalas Fund and supported by our friends at Koala Action Inc. and Queensland Koala Crusaders.

Date: Sun, 21 May 2023

Time: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM 

Click here for more details and to RSVP

MRVT Tree Planting - Koala Action Group Gympie Region, 27th May

Our next outing at the Trail is on Saturday, 27 May 2023 starting at 8:00am.  Parking at the entrance to the George Burtenshaw Feature Protection Area, Imbil and walking into the trail from there.  We will meet at the new structure on the trail. 

We will be planting 350 plants so many hands are needed.

If you plan to be one of the people coming to join us to help with the planting please  wear the usual safety gear and bring water.  Morning tea will be provided.

Email KAGR here for more information

Roving Restorers Program - Noosa Chapter - 20th May

When: 8:30 AM, 20 May 2023

Where: Yurol State Forest

The Roving Restorer program will be conducting monthly working bees at the Yurol State Forest. 

We will treat environmental weeds within the current remnant forest areas and along tracks and trails. This will help improve the resilience of both the existing high biodiversity remnant vegetation areas and also the long-term management of the revegetation areas. It also provides an opportunity to learn bush regeneration techniques, plant identification skills and to make new friends!

Please contact Noosa Landcare Project Officer – Tamara - tamara.kubica@noosalandcare.org for further details.

Participants will be notified the day before the event of the exact location of the works.

Please arrive for an 8:30am start.

All tools will be provided.

Bring gloves, water, boots, sunscreen and insect repellent. Long-sleeved shirt, trousers and hat are essential (Workplace Health and Safety Regulations). 

This project has received funding support from the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action grant program. 

Click here to signup as a volunteer

 

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Malani's Birthday surprise for koalas

Our newest members, Malani and Kat (see Member Spotlight below), put their energy into action on 12th May when, in honour of Malani’s 8th birthday, she and her Mum, Kat, hosted a beautiful birthday party at Banksia Place in Doonan. Malani created the invitation herself, as well as the wonderful Donation Box she sat on the table next to her koala and tree-themed birthday cakes.

There was a lot of fun, merriment and terrific conversation with all the kids, and their parents, keen to learn more about koalas and what QKC is doing. In support, Malani and Kat raised over $211 for QKC, and we were thrilled to be part of the event!

It’s so heartwarming when the youngest in our world care enough to make their energy and passion a reality! Many thanks to Kat and Malani for “adopting” us to help save koalas!

And the Grill'd Noosa Local Matters winner is...

Last month QKC was selected to participate in Local Matters at Grill’d Noosa.

Local Matters is the Grill’d community donation program that sees each Grill’d restaurant donate back into the community every month. The donation is split between 3 local community groups of which QKC was one for April.

Thanks to everyone who voted at Grill'd in Noosa! Our jar won and those dollars will help us to do what we love-help save koalas from extinction!

The Gift of Giving...

QKC are active in working collaboratively to meet our strategic goals that include:

Can you chip in to help?

$10 - Will plant one koala food tree 🐨

$25 - Provides medication for a sick koala 💊 💉

$50 - Funds a tank of petrol for rescues of leaf cutting 🚑 🌱

$100 - Can help put pressure on governments to stop excessive tree-clearing, so our native wildlife habitat is protected for future generations 🐨🌳

You can become a "Voice for the Koala" by:

☝️ Making a donation today

✌️ Did you know you can fundraise for QKC via Facebook. Click here to start a campaign and let your friends and family know by sharing your fundraising goal.

 

Photo credit: Prue Henschke (images 1 & 2)

 

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Kat & Malani

During the Maleny Wood Expo, we were delighted to meet two lovely people who have become our newest members. Eight year old Malani and her mum Kat visited us and were brimming with questions and ideas about ways we can all help koalas. We had a lovely conversation and were so thrilled that they became new members that very day!

Malani has done quite a bit of investigating on her own (and with Mum’s help) about the current state of koala survival. In fact, she’s more well versed in the current picture than I was when I first joined QKC! Her keen curiosity and passion to make a difference is evident when you speak with her.

Malani and her Mum have presented several new ideas that have energised the Management Committee and we’re so excited to see where this new road might lead. They’ve expressed a desire to get involved in plantings, in school programs and in fundraising (more on that in the Fundraising Section).

We’re thrilled to have them in the QKC Family!

Become a member today

Photo credit: Prue Henschke (images 2 & 3)

 

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Investigation into Victorian Koala Management Strategy released

“Weak, bitter, defensive, and very very late:” the newly-formed Koala Alliance Victoria has investigated the long-awaited Victorian Koala Management Strategy and found it indefensible. 

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Wildseek partnership aims to find koalas across Australia

The partnership between Queensland University of Technology, Landcare and WIRES is co-ordinating drone surveys for koalas and other native animals. The first surveys will take place in East Gippsland VIC, Noosa QLD and Tamworth NSW. 

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More koalas sighted in south-east South Australia

A male koala sighted at Glen Roy Conservation Park, north of Coonawarra, sparks hope for a recolonisation in South Australia.

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Ambitious plans for wildlife in NSW Northern Rivers

Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital has launched a plan to support all wildlife hospitals and rescue organisations across the region.

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SEE YOU NEXT MONTH 🐨🐨🐨

 

 


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  • Murray Munro
    published this page in Newsletters 2023-05-17 14:48:48 +1000