In mid-December 2015, Land for Wildlife South East Queensland reached a milestone with the registration of our 4000th property. This achievement was celebrated on the stunning 4000th property owned by Bev and Laurie Geraghty in Currumbin Valley.
Bev, Laurie and their Beautiful Rain Forest
Bev and Laurie’s property illustrates the important role that landholders play in protecting nature and also the educational value of Land for Wildlife. Bev and Laurie are new to the Gold Coast and have started building. They plan to create an orchard and small crops on previously cleared land. Their property also has several hectares of remnant subtropical rainforest, and they joined Land for Wildlife to gain advice and support about these rainforest areas.
And what amazing rainforest areas they have! Their Land for Wildlife Officers were delighted to inform them that their property contains 7 hectares of Lowland Subtropical Rainforest, an ecosystem that is considered critically endangered under Commonwealth legislation.
During a property visit, Land for Wildlife Officers discovered a healthy population of the Southern Pink Underwing Moth and wild Macadamias (Macadamia tetraphylla), both of which are also listed as endangered under Commonwealth legislation.
Bev and Laurie’s property is bursting with wildlife, plants and fungi and is a perfect fit for the Land for Wildlife program. We are delighted to have them on board.
Land for Wildlife is a practical demonstration of the ‘think global, act local’ message. The program would not be possible without the strong endorsement and leadership offered by eleven Local Governments in South East Queensland, and for the Australian Government’s investment in the regional program, delivered by SEQ Catchments.
Congratulations and thanks to all owners of the 4000 Land for Wildlife properties across SEQ. With you, the future of our landscapes, our rural economies and our communities are stronger and brighter.