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Conservation of endangered swamp tea-tree

    Project partners:

  • GreenWorks
  • SEQ Catchments
  • Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management
  • Somerset Regional Council
  • Lockyer Valley Regional Council
  • Logan City Council
  • Scenic Rim Regional Council
  • Local Landcare and community groups
  • Local landholders
  • Australian Government (Caring for our Country initiative)

    GreenWorks funding:

  • $300,000

    Project commencement:

  • December 2009

About this Project

This GreenWorks project will improve the condition and extent of the endangered swamp tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana) through fire, weed and land use management on private and public land.

Status Update

During 2010, the project supported fine-scale mapping (1:25,000) of these communities by the Queensland Herbarium, providing an improved understanding of the current extent and condition and a revision of the preclearing extent of this important vegetation community.

Engaged and contracted new landholders for on-ground works, bringing the total number to 11 (including Lockyer Valley Regional Council at Lockyer Waters).

Continued negotiations (underway or imminent) to conduct property management planning and on-ground works. In total, 48 per cent of on-ground funding is currently committed.

Held a planting day, with locals and community representatives planting more than 500 Swamp Tea-trees forest community species including 200 Melaleuca irbyana on Council reserve land at Lockyer Waters. Work at this revegetation site established 0.5 hectares of Swamp Tea-tree Forest in accordance with planting guidelines. With planting now completed, the site will be handed to Lockyer Valley Regional Council for long-term maintenance.

Collected bio-condition data from five new sites, enabling long-term assessment of changes resulting from improved land management or new activities that emerged from the project.

Undertook more detailed assessments using the Queensland Herbarium’s bio-condition methodology. The data will increase understanding of Swamp Tea-tree communities and improve information used in considering clearing permits and offset requirements – supporting further conservation.

Facilitated valuable real-life experience for two final-year students as part of Griffith University’s Industrial Affiliates Program. They undertook detailed vegetation studies with the guidance of experts from the Queensland Herbarium and support from SEQ Catchments staff.

Held a seminar to outline draft assessment results and seek feedback from stakeholders. This was attended by representatives from Ipswich, Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim Councils, Queensland Herbarium staff, Griffith University’s student supervisor, SEQ Catchments staff and the Powerlink GreenWorks Program Manager.

Held a field day for 28 landholders and other participants in April 2012 and a planting day at The University Of Queensland’s Gatton campus with more than 50 staff and students in November 2012.

    Project in Action

    Living Laboratory For Gatton from The University of Queensland on Vimeo.

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