Hinterland Bush Links

Established in 2011, Hinterland Bush Links (HBL) 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 vital habitat.

HBL 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 blocks of land and farms. These wildlife corridors enable native animals and plants to access more habitat, undertake nomadic and migratory travel, and adapt to climate change. Hinterland Bushlinks builds on the existing restoration work is being carried out by landholders and organisations in the region.

What makes this region special
Queensland’s beautiful Hinterland region is nationally recognised as a hotspot for its exceptional diversity of plants and animals. Its patchwork of hills and valleys, rainforest, eucalypts, paddocks and villages support a plethora of species, including many threatened plants and wildlife. These include animals such as platypus, wompoos and gliding possums.

However, all is not well for the Hinterland wildlife. A significant portion of the bush has been cleared and invasive weeds and feral animals are putting pressure on the landscape and causing populations of native plants and animals to decline.

Hinterland Bush Links was launched in response to these threats. By working with landholders and organisations to protect and maintain bush blocks and reconnect them with wildlife corridors, HBL 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 HBL Roving Restorers program engages volunteers to assist landholders to restore native habitat and control damaging 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, preferring hand weeding wherever possible. Our volunteers and the landholders build increased knowledge of weed identification and bush restoration methods.

  • Nest boxes for wildlife

    Nest boxes for wildlife

    HBL 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. HBL also receives an ongoing supply of nest boxes from a retired builder in the community which are distributed to landholders across the region to install on their properties.

Partners

  • Barung Landcare
  • Burnett Mary Regional Group
  • Conondale Range Conservation
  • Envirosource
  • Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network
  • Great Eastern Ranges Intiative
  • Hancocks Plantations Qld
  • Healthy Land & Water (formerly SEQ Catchments)
  • Lake Baroon Catchment Care Group
  • Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
  • Mimburi Upper Mary Aboriginal Association
  • Noosa & District Landcare
  • Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation
  • Qld Department of Environment and Science
  • Qld Department of Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning
  • Qld Department of Transport and Main Roads
  • Qld Parks & Wildlife Service
  • Qld Trust for Nature
  • Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Unity Water

Project Facilitator

Susie Duncan

Donate

By donating to the Great Eastern Ranges you will be helping us to relink and restore healthy habitats across 3,600km for nature and people.