9 September 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

First Planting Day for Koala Trail

The first planting day for the Two Mountains Koala Trail between Mts Warrenheip and Buninyong will be held on Sunday 21st September at 9.30am on the property Linda Grant, Glenanes Road, Dunnstown at 9.30am.

President of the Lal Lal Catchment Landcare Group, Lindsay Grey, said it was pleasing to finally start some on-ground works for the project which aims to see the number of trees doubled between Mts Warrenheip and Buninyong where there are permanent koala colonies. The project will  help koalas migrate between the two public reserves. Mr Grey said the aim was to increase the number of trees without restricting farming practices, with trees being planted in the corner of paddocks, along fencelines, and around dams.

Co-ordinator for the planting day, Mr Phil Kinghorn, said the planting this month would start to revegetate an area that had very few trees, which meant koalas were exposed to long distances without a refuge. Koalas have been recorded at Ms Grant’s property in the past but she had not seen one for several years.

Mr Kinghorn said there had been great support for the project from DEPI, Moorabool Shire Council and Central Highlands Water. The local schools had also helped spread the word about the project.

The tree species being planted will be Manna Gums, Red Gums, and Swamp gums – these being the species preferred by koalas. The Landcare Group expects koalas to start visiting the plantings after about 10 years.

The whole community is invited to the planting day but are encouraged to contact Max Coster, Landcare facilitator by text to advise if they will be attending, to assist with catering for lunch. The Navigators Historical Society is catering for the event.

Mr Kinghorn said people attending the planting day should wear sturdy footwear and  a hat and bring a water bottle. Glenanes Road is accessed via Ti Tree Road and then Hansens Road, with signs for the event posted at the corner of Hansens Road.

For more details contact

Max Coster, Landcare Facilitator
Mobile 0409 177 461
e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Internet: www.mln.org.au

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