Joint Mission Helps Rescue Island Koalas

WHAT do golf, a sub-tropical island and a wildlife rescue mission have in common? They share a koala tree planting project at North Stradbroke Island Golf Club.

The project began on February 2013 when Horizon Foundation Horticulture planted 226 Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus Robusta) trees alongside the seventh hole.

An initial grant was received from Redland City Council to upgrade the irrigation for the project.

The second stage has now started thanks to a further $8000 grant from the council which encompasses planting another 400 trees in 12 months.

North Stradbroke Island Golf Club president Peter Turner said the community-based endeavour would provide a protected sanctuary to an at-risk species.

Sibelco donated the trees and fertiliser.

Stage three involve planting a variety of native trees and shrubs to attract other significant species to the golf course, such as the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Image: The Horizon Foundation and North Stradbroke Island Golf Club members (from left) Peter Turner, Barak Matfin, Michael Charles, Shane Robinson, Luke Ferre and Anne Blakeway, work on the joint koala project.


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