Hinterland Bush Links

Established in 2011, Hinterland Bush Links is a visionary project to ensure the long-term conservation of the native plants and animals of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland by connecting, restoring and protecting habitat.

Hinterland Bush Links works with a wide range of agencies, community organisations and landholders across the region to protect and restore land and create vital connections between habitat. These include people with urban backyards through to those with large bush blocks and farms. These wildlife corridors enable plants to disperse, and native animals to access more habitat, undertake nomadic and migratory travel, and adapt to climate change. Hinterland Bush Links builds on the existing restoration work that is being carried out by landholders and organisations in the region.

What makes this region special
Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland region is nationally recognised as a hotspot for its exceptional biodiversity. Its patchwork of hills and valleys, rainforests and heathlands, support an abundance of species including many threatened plants and animals. Some of the notable animals that live in the region are the Platypus, Marbled Frogmouth, Wompoo Fruit-Dove, Giant Barred Frog and Greater Glider.

The challenge
A significant portion of native bush in the region has been cleared and invasive weeds and feral animals are degrading the landscape, causing populations of native plants and animals to decline. Hinterland Bush Links was launched in response to these threats. By working with the community to create healthy and connected habitat, Hinterland Bush Links is providing local wildlife with the best chance of surviving into the future.

For more information, visit the Hinterland Bush Links website at www.hinterlandbushlinks.org

Projects

  • Upper Mary Valley Weed Vine Project

    Upper Mary Valley Weed Vine Project

    The project is working to eradicate Cats claw creeper, Madeira vine and Dutchman's pipe; weeds that are destroying habitat for a range of threatened plants and animals in the Upper Mary River catchment. This catchment is a biodiversity hotspot and supports Lowland Rainforest of Subtropical Australia which is listed as Critically Endangered nationally. By working strategically from the top of the catchment, weed propagules are prevented from re-infesting lower reaches of the river through passive flow and flood events.

  • Roving Restorers

    Roving Restorers

    The Roving Restorers program engages volunteers to assist landholders in restoring native habitat and controlling destructive weeds. Properties are strategically selected based on their habitat values, scope for increasing connectivity in the landscape, and their potential to buffer surrounding reserves. Increasingly landholders involved in the program are reluctant to use chemical control in managing weeds, so the skilled hand weeding of volunteers is in high demand. These works ensure that both volunteers and landholders increase their knowledge of weed identification and bush restoration methods.

  • Nest boxes for wildlife

    Nest boxes for wildlife

    Bush Links has been supporting a local landholder to develop innovative ways to provide much-needed nesting sites for hollow-dependent wildlife. This has included modifying discarded wheelie bins to provide an alternative to large tree hollows, and carving hollows directly into younger trees to provide new nesting sites for a host of animals including gliding possums, phascogales and birds. The landholder is monitoring the nest boxes to determine their success rate. Bush Links also receives an ongoing supply of nest boxes from a retired builder in the community and these are distributed to landholders across the region to install on their properties.

Partners

Project Facilitator

Susie Duncan

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