Dangerbridge Farm, QLD

Restoring protected koala habitat in South-East Queensland

Dangerbridge is an integrated revegetation and grazing property. Located on land traditionally owned by the Kabi Kabi people just north of Queensland’s iconic Noosa region.

Greenfleet has been revegetating Dangerbridge to take climate action and provide habitat extension into Cooloola National Park. Demonstrating our long-term commitment to the work that we do, Greenfleet first planted here in 2003, returned in 2021 to continue this important reforestation work. 

The native forest growing on site is improving habitat connectivity along Kin Kin Creek and enhancing koala habitat and food tree abundance.

 

Restoring biodiversity

Greenfleet initially planted 17,000 native trees across 19 hectares of the property in 2003. This original planting comprised a total of 30 native species, including Forest Red Gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis), an important Koala food tree. Other native species planted include Weeping Bottle Brush (Callistomon viminalis), Southern Silky Oak (Grevillea robusta), and Paperbarked Tea Tree (Melaleuca quinquenervia).

After only 10 years, this initial planting reached 20 metres in height and formed habitat for many native bird species. The landholder, Jeni, is ecstatic with the impact we’ve made. “The resulting forest is fantastic," she added, "I'm so pleased with the outcome." 

In 2021, the original planting is flourishing, as seen here on a recent visit to the site.

 

Building koala habitat

In 2021 Greenfleet,  Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN), Noosa & District Landcare, and the Koala Habitat Restoration Project revegetated an additional 57 hectares. Another 11 hectares have also been managed for assisted natural regeneration, including planting and ongoing weed control. This work will be key in preserving and extending habitat for our iconic koalas.

In early 2021, Noosa Landcare and QTFN worked to release a koala, Billi, into the native forest at Dangerbridge. By releasing Billi in an area where Greenfleet has established native vegetation, Billi will be able to find a long-term home in this protected forest. You can see Billi’s story in the video below.

 

Preparation is key

A unique aspect of the reforestation processes at Dangerbridge, is the we take to prepare the site for planting. To reduce the weeds and to help ensure water filtration into soil that had been heavily compacted, a process called discing was used. Aquaspears, a planting tool that uses pressurised water to hydrate the planting spot prior to adding the seedling, were also used to ensure the seedlings would retain enough water for up to three weeks after they were initially planted. 

In the image below, you can see the impact of the preparation on the site prior to planting.

 

Critical climate action

As it grows, this forest will be critical in protecting the climate by drawing down on carbon from the atmosphere. 

Over its lifetime the forest at Dangerbridge will capture 31,449 tonnes of carbon which is the equivalent of what 7,300 cars emit on our roads each year. By legally protecting this forest for 100 years, the positive environmental impact of this project will be sustainable and long term, providing essential wildlife habitat for decades to come.  

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Location size

92 hectares north of Noosa on Kabi Kabi Country

Planting dates

2003, 2021

Species

  1. Acacia melanoxylon    
  2. Allocasuarina littoralis    
  3. Alphitonia excelsa    
  4. Araucaria cunninghamii    
  5. Casuarina glauca    
  6. Callistomon viminalis    
  7. Callistomon viridis    
  8. Commersonia bartramia    
  9. Corymbia gummifera    
  10. Corymbia intermedia    
  11. Eucalyptus tereticornis    
  12. Eucalyptus grandis    
  13. Eucalyptus microcorys    
  14. Eucalyptus robusta    
  15. Ficus watkinsiana    
  16. Ficus obliqua    
  17. Flindersia australis    
  18. Grevillea robusta    
  19. Gmelina leichhardtii    
  20. Lophostemon confertus    
  21. Melaleuca quinquenervia    
  22. Syncarpia glomulifera    
  23. Toona ciliata    
  24. Allocasuarina torulasa
  25. Corymbia glauca
  26. Corymbia tesselaris
  27. Eucalyptus resinifera
  28. Lophostemon suaveolans