The Redlands’ reputation as a haven for wildlife is set to go international with a Japanese documentary team filming in the city.
Japanese director Shotaro Tsuji was in the Redlands at the weekend to document local wildlife conservation and rescue operations.
The film, Mystery Australia, will be shown on Japanese television later this year.
It visits the Redlands property of Koala Action Group member Jenny Anthony, home to koalas and kangaroos and part of two Redland City Council habitat protection programs – Land for Wildlife and a Voluntary Conservation Agreement.
The documentary will also highlight the dedicated efforts of the Redlands’ after-hours Wildlife Ambulance service, with a crew accompanying its nightshift volunteers on a rescue.
Japanese production company CP International said it selected the Redlands for the documentary because of its koala conservation efforts.
Redland City Council spokesman for the environment Councillor Paul Gleeson said this was recognition of the Redlands progressive attitude towards wildlife conservation, particularly in looking after its koala population.
“Council took over the operation of the after-hours Wildlife Ambulance in 1998 and our
officers co-ordinate this service,’’ Cr Gleeson said.
“But it relies on the hard work and dedication of the caring volunteers who work through the night to save injured and distressed wildlife. These volunteers are extremely passionate and dedicated, with many of them also having full-time jobs.’’
Cr Gleeson said Redland City Council was committed to programs to encourage and assist residents to enhance habitat for koalas and other wildlife.
“The most important of these is the Koala Conservation Agreement Program, which is a partnership between landholders and the council to plant, manage and maintain koala trees on their property,’’ Cr Gleeson said.
“Our Parks and Conservation officers are responsible for restoring and maintaining habitat in the city’s parks and conservation areas, as well as identifying and planting corridors to provide movement and connectivity.
“For all this to draw the attention of international documentary makers is very satisfying.’’