Koala Climate Corridors: Bunyas to Border

Koala Climate Corridors, is a project launched by the Great Eastern Ranges and IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) create biodiverse climate corridors to help wildlife adapt and communities build resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Through the project, GER’s regional partners are working with local partners to reconnect and regenerate habitats to help koalas, rainbow bee-eaters and other wildlife adapt to climate change by providing them with safe spaces to move as conditions and food sources shift.

Bunyas to Border, the first climate corridor, is being developed in the Lockyer region along the western ‘horn’ of the Greater Border Ranges which stretches from the Main Range to the Bunya Mountains. A region rich in biodiversity, lush rainforest and unique volcanic landforms that also supports a growing population of people.

GER’s regional partner, the Lockyer Uplands Catchment Inc (LUCI), is working with local landholders and communities across Bunyas to Border to:

  • Plant trees and shrubs to create and reconnect habitat for koalas, brush-tailed rock wallabies, grey-headed flying foxes and other local wildlife.
  • Assist forest and woodland habitat to naturally regenerate through the strategic management of major threats such as weeds.
  • Install supplementary wildlife drinking stations to provide wildlife with a reliable source of water during future fires and floods.
  • Pop-up new age nest boxes to replace lost tree hollow homes for greater gliders and glossy black-cockatoos.
  • Build the capacity of landholders to build the resilience of their landscapes and wildlife populations.

The long-term aim of the partnership is to extend the corridor across the Queensland-NSW border to connect with related efforts in the southwest Border Ranges as well as southwards to link in the upper Lachlan River catchment.

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