Peter Burke and Lisbet Dean are proud Land for Wildlife members who have also entered into a Voluntary Conservation Agreement with Noosa Council. Their property on Black Mountain Range in the Noosa hinterland is within a large (2,200 hectare) tract of remnant vegetation containing various eucalypt forest types and pockets of rainforest. Within this core area are many Land for Wildlife and Voluntary Conservation Agreement properties, as well as a 100 hectare land parcel recently purchased by Council for conservation.
The Voluntary Conservation Agreement on Peter and Lisbet’s property was established in 2012, and since that time open areas on the property have been planted with 2,500 trees, with a focus on establishing Koala habitat. The main eucalypts planted were Tallowwood (Eucalyptus microcorys) and Grey Gum (Eucalyptus propinqua). The most recent planting was in July 2020.
Late last year Lisbet and Peter were thrilled to see that Koalas had moved into the most recent planting. This demonstrates how re-establishing habitat for wildlife can make a difference in a short period of time.
Lisbet is an accomplished photographer and here are some photos she has taken of Koalas on their property.
Article by Dave Burrows
Land for Wildlife Officer
Photos by Lisbet Dean