Help Bushcare team care for Redlands Coast wildlife

Redlands Coast residents have the opportunity to help care for their local wildlife with a special school holiday koala tree community planting activity at Victoria Point.

The Redlands Coast Community Bushcare Team is looking for a small green army of enthusiastic volunteers to help with the planting of 1000 native plants to expand the wildlife habitat within the Eprapah Creek wildlife corridor.

Mayor Karen Williams said the event was part of the team’s annual planting program to enhance local habitats.

“This is a fantastic activity for people of all ages, and one which can deliver great outcomes for our environment and wildlife,” she said.

“Redlands Coast is home to one of the most significant urban koala populations in Australia.

“This planting of various species of eucalypt trees will not only benefit koalas with increased food source but will also assist in maintaining and improving many other local wildlife populations, including possums and birdlife.”

Cr Williams said a viable breeding population of koalas could still be found in the local area.

“Redland City Council has been working closely with the community and many stakeholders to conserve and support local koalas, and this habitat planting is an important part of our koala protection strategy,” she said.

Division 4 Councillor Lance Hewlett encouraged the local community to be part of such an “important, wonderful and rewarding activity”.

“We are 100 per cent committed to working with the community and with the right experts to ensure that the koala, our iconic national symbol, is preserved in the region,” said Cr Hewlett.

The free event will be held from 9am to 11am on Sunday 10 April. Volunteers are asked to park on the street at Cameron Court Park, Victoria Point and then take a short walk to the park adjacent to the creek.

Each volunteer can take home a free native plant from Council’s native nursery at IndigiScapes.

Gloves will be provided and holes for plants will be pre-dug so all the volunteers will need to do is put the plants in the ground.

After planting, people are invited to stay for a free, cold drink.

The Bushcare Team will follow COVID protocols and provide hand sanitiser and masks for when physical distancing is not possible.

To participate, and help Redlands Coast wildlife, register your attendance here.