Grandchester koala habitat project thrives

THRIVING: Powerlink Environmental Strategist Chris Delamont inspects what were saplings in 2014 (inset) under the $1 million Grandchester Koala Offset Project.
THRIVING: Powerlink Environmental Strategist Chris Delamont inspects what were saplings in 2014 (inset) under the $1 million Grandchester Koala Offset Project.

WITHIN three years a 20ha stretch of cleared land at Grandchester has been transformed into thriving bushland once again.

Under the $1 million Grandchester Koala Offset Project, 12,500 trees have been planted in the conservation area to link reserves in Grandchester and Woolshed Creek.

The rapid growth of the plantings has surprised those behind it - Powerlink Queensland, which provided the funding, Ipswich City Council, which provided the land, and SEQ Catchments, which is managing the project.

Powerlink Group Manager Environmental Strategies Nicole Lashmar said the project demonstrated strong environmental returns with survival and tree growth rates outpacing all expectations.

"Powerlink takes its environmental commitments seriously so it's really encouraging to see such positive results after only two years," Ms Lashmar said.

"This project offers significant environmental outcomes from a conservation and biodiversity perspective by increasing koala habitat which will in turn increase koala long-term survival rates.

"The habitat also provides an important koala corridor, establishing connectivity to surrounding koala areas. Saplings that were one metre high about a year ago are now quite substantial trees that will very soon be ready for koalas to call home."

SEQ Catchments Chief Executive Officer Simon Warner said the project was geared towards creating habitat which helped koalas thrive, rather than simply planting trees to meet the minimum offsetting requirements.

"We always enjoy working with entities such as Powerlink and Ipswich City Council because they understand the bigger issues associated with the environment and drive to get real outcomes for our plants and animals," Mr Warner said.

The project, which has high biodiversity significance, was undertaken to help Powerlink meet its obligations to offset impacts as a result of building transmission lines and substations in southeast Queensland.

Topics:  bushland grandchester habitat ipswich koala project

Supercell hailstorm to smash city 'biggest this year'

WEATHER: Thunderstorms will hit the Central and North Burnett for the rest of the week.

Storm with stretch from Dalby to Brisbane

Parademics called to more than 500 snake bites this year

Mr Hebbron warned people to be cautious when working outdoors or traversing in a snake's habitat, such as when out bushwalking.

VIDEO: QAS offers warning for Ipswich residents

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats play Club Services Ipswich Saturday night

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

Hugh Laurie receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Laurie and his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Blake Lively hosts 40th party for Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively throws husband Ryan Reynold's 40th birthday bash

What's on the big screen this week

Benedict Cumberbatch in a scene from the movie Doctor Strange.

MARVEL'S latest superhero Doctor Strange makes his debut.

Trump 'worked like hell' to pick up John Travolta's wife

John Travolta and Kelly Preston

Trump wrote comments in tribute to Travolta's son Jett

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?