GER supporters are a varied bunch of people enthusiastic about restoring the connectivity of habitat across the Great Eastern Ranges from Victoria to Far North Queensland working with or alongside GER Regional Partnerships. You can meet some of our supporters below:
Community Groups and Projects
Tamborine Mountain Landcare was formed in 2003. We now have a membership of over 120. Our main project is The Corridors Regeneration Project. This is an ongoing project managing a network of vegetation corridors that link all major creeks with tracts of remnant bushland, National Parks, Council reserves and other important wildlife linkages. Our funding sources are supplemented by TM Landcare’s second hand bookshop (The Piccabeen Bookshop) staffed entirely by our volunteers. For more information go to http://www.tamborinemtnlandcare.org.au
The Coffs Jaliigirr Project is part of the $3m, North Coast Local Land Services project – “Connecting Communities and Cultures Through Corridors”. Project partners include Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Inc. and the Coffs Harbour Local Aboriginal Land Council. Since 2012 works have been undertaken on more than 885ha of identified priority corridors across 23 private properties and numerous public reserves.
Bellingen Urban Landcare Inc. http://www.bellingenurbanlandcare.org.au has been rehabilitating public sites along the Bellinger River, Cemetery Creek and Ringwood Creek since 1994. Literally thousands of people and many organisations have contributed to this high profile project. Of particular importance BULC is working to connect Bellingen Island EEC with corridors that run through Bellingen. A great community-based project contributing to the GER vision.
The Kirbys Road Environmental Reserve is a Sunshine Coast Council property acquisitioned through the SCC Environment Levy. The reserve has an environmental management plan and the community is invited to visit each year to find out about progress with management and be involved with tree-planting and weed work. Importantly it provides a broad habitat corridor between Kondalilla National Park and Maleny National Park.
We are a university-based Landcare group. We try to work on campus and around SE Qld and would love to get involved in larger-scale habitat corridors.
The Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) is supporting a local community Bushcare Group to revegetate parts of Little Yabba Park. The project is funded through SCC Environment Levy rates.
Imagine in 30 or 40 years time that we, in deed the world, could look back on the urbanisation of Thurgoona / Wilringa and say “we did it”. Not only did we build a thriving extension of Albury accommodating upwards of 50,000 new residents, but equally as important we avoided sacrificing the threatened biodiversity that already call the place home, such as the iconic Squirrel Glider. This is the fundamental mission of the Albury Conservation Company (ACC). We are a not-for-profit organisation that invests, in partnership with key stakeholders, in local biodiversity research, on-ground conservation works and community education. We are currently delivering a Squirrel Glider Urban Nest Box project which will see 100 boxes built by Thurgoona Men’s Shed and installed in residential backyards of Thurgoona and Splitters Creek. This has been made possible through our involvement as an S2S partner, and via a GER grant supported by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust. Albury Conservation Company is also about to embark on a two year project addressing hollow-bearing tree protection in Thurgoona / Wirlinga, including mapping of trees and sharing information with the development industry via a working group established for the project.
Centre for Ecological Learning (CEL) and Bellingen Environmental Youth Experience (Bellingen EYE) is a hub for environmental education and in particular, youth-led initiatives. Local youths learn landcare skills, bush survival skills, local public food growing and campaign on issues such as plastic-free living. For more details go to cel.org.au
We are independent, non-profit and focused on the protection of Queensland’s biodiversity.
QTFN is able to buy and sell private property to protect at-risk ecosystems and secure management solutions through commercial contracts on privately-owned land.
We prioritise linking wildlife corridors, revegetating vulnerable ecosystems and increasing buffers to National Parks on properties in rural and urban fringe areas. For more information go to http://www.qtfn.org.au/newsroom.
Schools and Universities
Thornton Public School has been working since 2008 to look after a 3.8 ha patch of bush on their school grounds. They have been weeding and planting and have a small constructed waterway and frog pond where they undertake fungi and bird identification classes, as well as cross country running and mountain biking. They have nominated as a GER Stepping Stone and are also a Land for Wildlife property.Thornton Public School, Thornton NSW.
The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment at the University of Newcastle are a key GER Hunter supporter. They are GER Hunter Steering Committee members and a GER Stepping Stones project partner. The institute hosts Gabe Anderson several days per week.
Jerangle Primary School is one of six schools who worked with the K2C partnership to create a bush tucker gardens for the ‘Adopting Indigenous Values in the Community’ Project.
Year 3 and 4 students from Beresfield Public School have been working to restore part of the school ground by planting native species.
Johnathan has transformed his place from a barren and eroded block with three remnant trees to a lush oasis with habitat for creatures great and small. He has been in Mt Vincent for 20 years and was active as secretary of the Mulbring Valley Landcare group. He helped secure funding from Greening Australia to plant 6000 trees in the area – stabilising local creek banks and linking Mt Heaton to Mt Vincent. He has planted over 1500 trees on his property. He is now working with the GER and Stepping Stones to plant additional corridors.
I first became involved in the GER with its founder, Ian Pulsford, in the early days of planning leading to the original funding announcement by then NSW Minister for Environment, Hon Bob Debus MP. It has been a highlight of my life to work on the GER first as Principal Conservation Analyst, and more recently as Conservation Manager. The inclusiveness and sheer visionary scope of the GER make it the most important conservation aspiration of our age.
Sportsman Creek Conservation Area is a registered not-for-profit 50 hectare property which is being rehabilitated and returned to it’s original natural state. Flora and Fauna surveys have recorded over 650 species to date. An important unlogged (High Conservation) 5 hectare natural sand island in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek is the jewel in the crown.
Rob and Mary are part of the local Landcare group and have been tree planting in the area for many years. The GER Stepping Stones project supported Rob and Mary to extend their plantings and link existing bushland on their place to the neighbours to the north and south. Rob and Mary’s place is a key link connecting five neighbouring properties who are all involved in the project. Rob and Mary propagated all of their own trees from local seed and have planted 1000 trees in stages over the last 6 months to create the new linkage.
The Stepping Stones project has been working with the Mathesons to remove lantana and other weeds and plant a series of stepping stones on their 18ha Black Hill Property. They have also nominated their place as Land for Wildlife. This property is part of the Lower Hunter Green Corridor and is providing key links from in tact vegetation to the south to other patches to the north. Even the Llamas are in on the action. Emma, Kara, James and Milly with Gabe Anderson and two of their Llams, Archer and Elvis support the GER project. They run Llamas on their property to reduce the impact on the soil and ground cover. They have de-stocked 4 hectares including 2 ha of subtropical rainforest and with help from the GER Stepping Stones project are restoring it.
Landholders and GER Supporters, Brendan and Rachel, own a 6 ha property in Black Hill which forms part of the Stepping Stones project. They have been working with Conservation Volunteers professional bush regeneration team who have helped complete 1ha of restoration along their creek line.
Our young family is working together with K2C and GER on our 88ha property in Yass River NSW. We aim to stop the decline of small bush birds by providing vegetation links, or ‘stepping stones’, to connect large pieces of native vegetation.
Jan owns an 80ha property in Brunkerville which abuts National Park and State Forest. The Stepping Stones project has already completed 25 ha of restoration on Jan’s land and is also working with seven of her neighbours to restore bush and revegetate areas to create links to the north.
‘I am very impressed with the project! I am so happy with the work done here & am really seeing exactly where the teams have been now, they are amazing.’ Jan Vizer.
Landholders, Simon and Kelly and their young family, are working hard to look after their land and running a mixed sustainable venture. They have fenced off the creek and along with Local Land Services, the Hunter Valley Stepping Stones project have assisted the family to plant 700 trees and to carry out weed control on their land. Simon and Kelly’s property now links with four others whose owners are also working actively with the partnership to revegetate this key area of the corridor.
GER Supporters, Gary and his wife Carroll, have planted hundreds of trees and restored a degraded gully on thier Brunkerville property. With a Local Land Services grant the GER Stepping Stones project was able to build on this work, carrying out weed control and planting another 700 trees around the boundaries of the property. Garry has been instrumental in getting his neighbours involved in the project and in January 2014 hosted an information session at his Bed and Breakfast. As a result the Hunter Valley Partnership is now working with 19 property owners in the region.
In 2000, Gill and Tony Robinson bought a 42 hectare block of land on the Murrumbidgee River just south of Michelago, NSW. They have negotiated a Conservation Agreement with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage so that the property can be protected in perpetuity and contribute to landscape connectivity. The main activities have been fencing, weed control and tree and shrub plantings. A wide range of vulnerable and endangered plant and animal species are being protected. Another activity has been the construction and installation of sugar glider boxes to compensate for lack of suitable tree hollows for this species. Other than that it is simple enjoyment of a beautiful piece of Australia.
Because the Great Eastern Ranges is so important for the future of Australian biodiversity and the livelihood of the 11 million Australians that live in the area.
Chris and Ann really care for their place and have been working hard for nearly 40 years battling back the lantana and restoring the bush. The GER Stepping Stones project was able to support them with five days of professional bush regenerators to have a real impact on the hard to reach lantana and other weeds. Chris and Ann have extended this work and the project supplied them with a small number of trees to in-fill a gaps in the canopy.