Lockyer Uplands Catchments

Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc (LUCI), is a not-for-profit community organisation working to improve habitat connectivity across public and private land in the local landscape, whilst contributing to greater connectivity at the regional scale.

LUCI members include landholders and their supporters from the western Lockyer Valley in south-east Queensland, who are interested in and act on caring for native habitats. The organisation works with its members to improve connections between habitat across private and public land at the local level, whilst also contributing to regional connectivity as part of the Great Eastern Ranges and Main Range-Helidon Hills Regional biodiversity corridor.

To achieve LUCI’s vision, the organisation undertakes on-ground projects and community education projects aimed at raising awareness of natural systems, encouraging better land management practices and improving environmental outcomes.

What makes this region special?

The LUCI landscape features ridges and escarpments of sandstone and basaltic columns which support a range of regional ecosystems including different types of Eucalyptus forests and woodlands as well as Semi-evergreen vine thicket vegetation communities. These include many significant plant species such as the Brush Sophora, White Cliff Bottlebrush, Slender Boronia, Stream Clematis and Bailey’s Cypress Pine. The region’s diverse habitats support a number of vulnerable, near threatened or endangered animals including Red Goshawk, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Powerful Owl, Black-breasted Button-quail, Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby, Koala, Long-nosed Potoroo and Grey-headed Flying-fox.

For more information visit the LUCI website at www.lockyeruplandscatchmentsinc.wordpress.com

Projects

  • Glossy Black Cockatoo

    Glossy Black Cockatoo

    LUCI is undertaking a five-year citizen science project on monitoring the presence of Glossy Black Cockatoo (GBC) in the landscape and investigating the phenology of GBC feed trees. This project involves surveying on six private properties and a local conservation park. Our goals are to promote understanding of the GBC’s habitat needs including feed trees and tree hollows and expand the extent of GBC feed trees in our local landscape.

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  • Weed management

    Weed management

    Since 2015, LUCI members have been undertaking a weed mapping and management program in a local conservation park. The focus is on improving the semi-evergreen vine thicket (SEVT) areas of the park, which provide habitat for the endangered Black-breasted Button-quail. Our goals are to encourage landholders to maintain remnant tracts of SEVT on their property and enhance SEVT connectivity in the local landscape.

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  • Peer-supported biodiversity management

    Peer-supported biodiversity management

    In 2017, a group of LUCI members initiated a peer support and learning group around Biodiversity Property Planning and meet on a quarterly basis to share experiences on property management progress. The goal is to understand the range of native habitat on members’ properties, plan and undertake measures to improve those habitats (including weed and pest animal management) and monitor the presence of particular species on each property indicating the health of those habitats. The group is also working towards a connectivity strategy across members’ properties. Other LUCI activities include monitoring koala presence on members’ properties through random “scat walks”, twice yearly special interest walks, community workshops on conservation topics and an annual breakfast with guest speaker.

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Partnership Facilitator

Diane Guthrie

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