Weeds and wildlife draws a crowd to corridor

Dianne Mauloni
April 26, 2016

Nigel Tucker from Biotropica engaging with interested landholders at Smiths Gap

Nigel Tucker from Biotropica engaging with interested landholders at Smiths Gap

Eager to learn about revegetation and weed control with minimum effort, a large crowd showed up at the ‘Weeds and Wildlife’ event at Smiths Gap earlier this month.

The Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4) held the Open Day in the middle of Australia’s longest and widest rainforest corridor between the coast and the highlands.

More than 40 people from Feluga to El Arish and Mission Beach came along to learn about managing weeds in the part of the corridor in which they live.

Peter Rowles from C4 was very happy with the turnout. “It was great to see so many people show such care and enthusiasm for the corridor and the species it supports. 
We received good submissions on the day from ten people for funding to assist them purchase herbicides and with labour costs to replace weeds with habitat that wildlife can use.” said Peter.

The project is funded by Terrain NRM through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Queensland Government’s NRM Statewide Regional Investment Fund. 

Peter added, “Nigel Tucker from Biotropica was the guest speaker on the day explaining to attendees the importance of the local forest in increasing the connectivity of habitat between the coast and the Walter Hill Ranges and Southern Tableland”.

Other partners in the project presenting at the Weed and Wildlife open day included the Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Biosecurity Queensland, James Cook University and Biotropica. 

Terrain’s Tony O’Malley said, “We’re keen to work with landholders who have important wildlife corridors on their property. Smiths Gap (Maadi) is a high priority area because it’s the bottleneck in the Walter Hill Range rainforest corridor from Mission Beach to Ravenshoe. 

If you would like more information on the project contact C4 or email c4mission@gmail.com  or contact Terrain on 0437 728 190 or email tony.omalley@terrain.org.au