This year has seen the Tully Branch forge very productive
partnerships with many other NGOs, private enterprise and the local Council. The post Yasi opportunity to secure more habitat for the Glider has been the main thrust and involved the cooperation of State Departmental officers, Forest Managers, Terrain staff, Council Nursery staff, Conservation Volunteers Australia and WPSQ members.
Negotiations regarding the planting of corridor trees to enable connectivity between remnant patches of native forest for mahogany gliders are continuing on a positive note.
The talks, between Hancock Queensland Plantations and WPSQ members, have been in operation for some 12 months and are progressing at a steady rate, according to Tully branch secretary, Lawrie Martin: ‘Forestry company representatives have been most helpful and, like us, are confident of a sensible outcome being reached for the benefit of mahogany gliders – and other native animals – before the deadline arrives.’
Other important glider developments:
- National Parks, Girringun Rangers, Terrain and WPSQ members attended the launch of the Cardwell Golf Club Glider signage. More signage is planned for and we look forward to a very busy year 2013 when we will need the support from branch members and our partners to ensure that the successes of 2012 convert to real improvements in coastal protection and coastal woodland habitats.
- Terrain NRM have supported the revision and reprinting of Wildlife Queensland’s original Mahogany Glider Education Kit. This is well under way and hopefully will be ready to reissue to schools in the MG distribution area and elsewhere by first term next year.
- The Paddock tree brochure has also been reissued by Terrain, initially funded by Council.
- Tony O’Malley of Terrain prepared a detailed document outlining the requirements of the Glider for the coming rewrite of the local government plan for the Shire.
And most interesting of all:
- Learning of the mahogany glider’s plight, two English relatives of Tully branch members have set up a tree in the Fakenham Parish Church in Norfolk, England, to be part of the annual Christmas tree Festival. More than 90 trees are set up in the church from November 29 to December 6 and each tree has a collection box where members of the 25,000 visiting throng can make charitable contributions.
WPSQ Tully president Sue Smith said the most welcome gesture from people in a far-off land was like ‘….. hands reaching across the sea … and clearly displayed people worldwide were feeling for all the endangered animals put under threat by human activity.’
Home is where the hollow is …
… it’s a long-term investment!
Did you know that Queensland is home to all six of Australia’s glider species?
… would you like to help us keep it that way?
This Christmas, consider a gift that gives twice – Wildlife Queensland is asking you to ‘Adopt a Glider‘ for someone special and support conservation efforts to assist the endangered mahogany glider and other glider species.
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