Lockyear Valley Project Creating "Koala Kitchen"

A Landcare group is teaming up with local schools on a project to bring back koalas to a part of southern Queensland’s Lockyer Valley.

For the past 18 months, the Lockyer Valley Landcare group has been clearing a lantana-infested parcel of land near Withcott, east of Toowoomba.

Students from 30 schools across the Valley and the Darling Downs have been helping to replant the four-hectare site with native plants.

President Greg Grimes says it now has $35,000 in state funding to begin the next phase of the project known as the ‘koala kitchen’.

“That’s going to allow us to do some ground preparation and then plant thousands of koala trees,” he said.

“The way we’re planting is we’re not planting sparsely.

“We’re planting closely so the koalas, when they move into the area – into parkland – because the trees are a lot closer together there’ll be overlapping of branches so they’ll be able to stay in the canopy instead of having to come down and be vulnerable to other wildlife.”

The land is also being used as a kitchen for humans, with students learning how to grow their own vegetables in a bid to boost local nutrition.

Story By Fidelis RegoPosted Thu 17 Oct 2013, 12:11pm AEDT

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-17/lockyer-valley-project-creating-koala-kitchen/5028518

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