The initiative is part of Seqwater’s North Pine Vegetation Management and Fencing Project, which aims to remove invasive weeds from a 15-hectare parcel of land in Brisbane’s north and replace with native tree species.
Seqwater Senior Project Manager Matt Malos said planting the trees would provide a safe haven for koalas in the area and help keep the furry animals away from water treatment operations.
“The trees will also enhance the area by providing screening for residents that neighbour the water treatment plant,” Mr Malos said.
“As an added measure to protect wildlife, fencing has been installed around Seqwater’s operational area as a barrier to keep koalas and other native wildlife safely out of those sites.
“In South East Queensland we are fortunate to share our environment with some wonderful and unique wildlife.
“This project is part of Seqwater’s commitment to minimising the impacts of water infrastructure on flora and fauna.”
Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Vice President Sam Wakerley said that according to a survey of 24 sites in Pine Rivers conducted a few years ago, about 300 koalas resided in the area.
“Our organisation receives about 500 koala calls each year,” Ms Wakerley said.
“Younger, dispersing male koalas will sometimes travel to establish their own range – and this is how they end up on roads or in backyards.
“It is estimated that the koala population in Pine Rivers has declined by 54 per cent since 2012, due to habitat destruction from development, dog attacks, car hits and disease.
“Projects like this one undertaken by Seqwater go a long way to ensuring our region’s koala population is not only sustainable but is able to thrive.”