A federally funded project aimed at conserving and enhancing wildlife habitat across properties in the Kerry Valley is starting to welcome back wildlife, with a nationally threatened long-nosed potaroo spotted on a cattle property last month.
The Kerry Valley buffers the renowned Lamington National Park and its World Heritage listed Gondwana Rainforests.
It was the focus of a recently completed Caring for our Country funded project to support land holders with land management practices that contribute to biodiversity conservation.
The project focused on extending habitat and mitigating threats to 22 nationally threatened species with wildlife surveys supported by Scenic Rim Regional Council.
The Finnegan’s property is literally ‘over the hill’ from the renowned O’Reilly’s ecotourism venture. It is an active cattle grazing property owned by Mark and Tracey Finnegan, a couple committed to achieving a balance of nature conservation and sustainable production.
The surprise visit of this marsupial, which feeds on over 50 different types of fungi, also marks the 1000th Australian Government Caring for Our Country funded project being managed by SEQ Catchments.
This milestone highlights the importance of regional Natural Resource Management in delivering on national, state and regional priorities as well as mobilising and engaging local communities in meaningful on ground action to restore and maintain South East Queensland’s valuable natural assets.
Liz Gould, Biodiversity Manager at SEQ Catchments recognises the big role landholders play in looking after our landscapes.
“This potoroo finding confirms the critical role private landholders can have in the conservation of threatened species, as well as broader land stewardship and provision of essential ecosystem services, such as clean water and healthy soil,” she said.
“Investment through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program is vital for the recovery of threatened species such as the long-nosed potaroo and their habitats.”
“We’ve been losing habitats and local populations of some species at an alarming rate in South East Queensland, one of the fastest growing regions in Australia; if we don’t manage what’s left we risk losing some of these species forever.”
Read more about what ABC News had to say about this project here.