Koala trees hit one year at Pimpama Conservation Reserve

Koala trees hit one year at Pimpama Conservation Reserve

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10-Aug-2015

From left to right: City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate; SEQ Catchments CEO, Simon Warner; Energex Manager Mark PatonThis story will be aired on Channel 9, Channel 7, Channel 10 and ABC News 24CEO SEQ Catchments Simon Warner being interviewed by TV journalists. These trees will provide habitat for iconic wildlife such as the much loved Koala and Glossy Black-CockatooA range of species are being planted in this area.
The trees planted here are just over a year old and will provide habitat for a range of wildlife, including the Koala and Glossy Black-Cockatoo

 
Koala habitat is well on the way to becoming established on the Gold Coast, following the planting of over 90,000 trees at Pimpama Conservation Reserve.

This month celebrates a year since the plants were put in the ground, with the first year often the most critical for plants in terms of survival.

Spanning an area about the size of Brisbane’s City Botanic Gardens, the planting are being delivered by Energex, SEQ Catchments and the City of Gold Coast as part of offset commitments for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Gold Coast region. 

SEQ Catchments General manager, Simon Brown, says the newly planted trees will help balance the growth of the city with substantial environmental gains.

“Investment in our green spaces is becoming increasingly important as our urban footprint continues to be developed, and the trees have already reached a good size,” said Simon.
“As the plantings mature, the space will eventually provide food and habitat for a wide range of our native animals.

“The reserve also helps connect our coastal areas to the hinterland which makes it easier for native wildlife to move around and these trees will also play an important role in improving water quality for the region.”

“The survival of these plants over the next few years is critical and once they become established they’ll provide habitat for a range of wildlife such as the much loved Koala and Glossy Black-Cockatoos.”

Energex says that the contribution to the surrounding environment from the planting will be significant.

“Partnering with SEQ Catchments and the City of Gold Coast has provided Energex with an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to the City’s biodiversity, whilst a number of power lines are upgraded to meet the City’s needs,” said Mark Paton, Energex Group Manager, Environment.

City of Gold Coast Mayor, Tom Tate, said the project is a significant result for the City’s ongoing investment in protecting the Gold Coast’s natural assets.

“This is the first of two environmental offset projects that the City has successfully negotiated in recent years, resulting in a total investment of around $1.6 million for the Gold Coast,” he said.
“The outcomes are tremendous for nature conservation in our city, and mean we get much more from environmental offsets including, in this case, increased habitat for koalas and other wildlife, a major boost to native tree cover, and improvements to the quality of our waterways.”

This project is delivered by SEQ Catchments in partnership with City of Gold Coast on behalf of Energex to meet its offset commitment for upgrades to energy distribution networks in the Gold Coast region. 

For more information about Energex's environmental offsets, please visit www.energex.com.au/about-us/corporate-responsibility/environmental-commitment/environmental-offsets

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