Supporting reconciliation, restoring Country, and delivering climate action
Spanning two sites located on Kabi Kabi Country in Queensland, Yurol and Ringtail make up around 1,100 hectares of cleared land that Greenfleet is restoring to legally protected native forest as they transition to National Park in the Noosa Hinterland.
This project is:
- Protecting our climate by restoring legally protected native forest
- Creating vital koala habitat
- Delivering verified social and cultural benefits for Traditional Owners
- Replacing monoculture plantation with biodiverse native ecosystem
Greenfleet is restoring around 1,100-hectares within 2,400 hectares of new National Park. Located in the Noosa Hinterland, the revegetation area is Greenfleet’s biggest project and an incredible 1,000 times the size of Queensland Suncorp Stadium’s playing surface.
By re-establishing a native biodiverse forest and creating protected koala habitat, Greenfleet is building on an award-winning project initiated by Noosa Parks Association, with support from Noosa Shire Council, Noosa Landcare, and the Queensland Government.
This project adds to Greenfleet’s ecosystem restoration work in this region, including Dangerbridge, which is a long-term project located just north of Noosa. You can see where more of Greenfleet’s revegetation projects are growing here.
"This is something that we’re going to be able to look back on, to see 2,400 hectares of land come across to national park, revegetated to capture some carbon, create wildlife connectivity, koala habitat, water quality advancements, Indigenous work, Kabi story lines. I think in my lifetime, this will be the single biggest environmental improvement that I see. It’s an exciting project.” -Phillip Moran, General Manager at Noosa District Landcare
A landmark agreement with Traditional Owners
In 2021, Greenfleet signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation, which represented a vital step in this project.
Together with Kabi Kabi people, the Traditional Owners of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast region, Greenfleet has developed a new carbon offset with cultural and social co-benefits that are verified by the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation.
Rowan Foley, who is CEO of the Aboriginal Carbon Foundation, advised “the reason why Traditional Owners are involved in these types of projects is to look after Country. Greenfleet will support Traditional Owners in looking after Country – so it’s very much a win-win situation here.”
The creation of these offsets ensure that we are providing economic support to the Kabi Kabi people while taking critical steps to protect our climate. In partnership with Noosa District Landcare, we are also seeking to offer employment opportunities and traineeships that will help Traditional Owners work on Country.
Greenfleet CEO, Wayne Wescott said , “we’re thrilled to have reached this agreement with Kabi Kabi. To be able to combine climate action with a direct revenue stream for Traditional Owners, jobs on the ground, and to help bring their young people back to Country by providing capacity and opportunity: it’s a rich and sustaining partnership, and one that I feel very proud of”.
What this project means to Kabi Kabi
What the short videos below to hear what this project means to Kabi Kabi.
Revegetation approach and species selection
Due to the historical forestry plantations across these sites, there has been depletion of a naturally biodiverse forest canopy. One of Greenfleet’s ecological priorities is to restore the forest canopy to provide protection to understorey species and build habitat for native species, including koalas.
13 different native species were selected as a part of the project to help increase the biodiversity across the sites.
Fast-growing Eucalypt species are being planted to form the forest canopy, including species such as Blue Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis) which is also preferred source of habitat and food for koalas. Other species planted include Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus), a fast-growing pioneer species that can help re-establish woodlands, and Forest She-oak (Allocasurina torulosa), which is used for habitat by Glossy Black Cockatoos.
While delivering climate action and supporting reconciliation, this project will help create and extend critical habitat for the region’s wildlife.
By re-establishing a native biodiverse forest on land previously cleared for timber plantations Greenfleet is extending legally protected native forest that will directly benefit species such as koalas and the native mammals, birds, reptiles, and frogs that call the national park home.
Greenfleet’s revegetation work is particularly important for species like koalas and Greater Gliders which are listed as endangered in Queensland.
Greenfleet’s ecosystem restoration work delivers climate action by removing carbon from the atmosphere as our forests grow.
The multi-year project at Yurol-Ringtail is establishing a legally protected forest that will capture around 700,000 tonnes of carbon across its lifetime. This is the equivalent emissions produced by over 160,000 average cars in a single year.
As well as our Principle Partner on this project, the GPT Group, Greenfleet is working with a number of organisations to bring this project to life.
- Kabi Kabi Peoples Aboriginal Corporation
- Aboriginal Carbon Foundation
- Noosa District Landcare
- Noosa Shire Council
- Noosa Parks Association
- Queensland Government
When reflecting on this project former Noosa Council CEO, Brett de Chastel, said “what separates this project from others is two things. Firstly, it’s changing the scale. We’re talking regional connectivity of over 2,400 hectares. And secondly, it pushes back. It is actually restoring land, not just preserving it.”
Hear more from Brett de Chastel and Greenfleet’s CEO Wayne Wescott in the video below.
Greenfleet is a 25-year-old Australian not-for-profit environmental organisation protecting our climate by restoring our forests.
We plant native biodiverse forests to capture carbon emissions and help fight the impacts of climate change. Greenfleet is Australia’s first carbon offset provider and since 1997 has planted over 10.3 million native trees creating more than 550 forests in Australia and New Zealand.
Our forests are legally protected, conserve biodiversity and improve the health of our soils and waterways. They also restore habitat for wildlife, including many endangered species.
Greenfleet grows forests and climate hope by empowering people to take tangible and long-lasting environmental action.
1,100 hectares within 2,400 hectares of new National Park in the Noosa Hinterland, Queensland
2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024, 2025
- Allocasurina torulosa
- Corymbia intermedia
- Eucalyptus bancroftii
- Eucalyptus grandis
- Eucalyptus microcorys
- Eucalyptus propinqua
- Eucalyptus racemosa
- Eucalyptus resinifera
- Eucalyptus robusta
- Eucalyptus tereticornis
- Lophostemon confertus
- Melaleuca quinquenervia
- Syncarpia glomulifera