NSW: Brindabella Wildlife and Wilderness Reserve - Robbie Swan
Body Politics is the owner of a property, located approximately 70 km from Canberra, purchased with the intent to protect the land and use it for sustainable eco-tourism by applying Conservation Covenants to each section of the property. The primary goals are ‘to develop the property in a way that ensures maximum protection for the environment but also allows for maximum protection of the owners and shareholders.’ As such, the property is registered as a wildlife refuge with New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service.
The sanctuary covers 116 hectares that is being subdivided into four blocks, two front blocks of less than 10 hectares each, one medium sized block of 30 hectares and the back block of 70 hectares which shares about a one kilometre of border with the Kosciuszko National Park. With mountain peaks rising to 4000ft, the property has extensive views of the surrounding landscape. The sanctuary is part of a larger habitat areas linking into Kosciuszko National Park and bordered by three other wildlife sanctuaries.
The landscape is native sub-Alpine wet & dry Sclerophyl Forest, with tree ferns growing in shady gullies. There is a variety of Eucalypt trees and the property is home to rare/endangered alpine orchids. The habitat supports a large numbers of lyrebirds but also boasts echidnas, platypus, wombats, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, eagles, parrots, bats, red bellied and brown snakes, possums and flying foxes, all in good numbers. Notably, it is home to two listed animals, the endangered mountain pygmy-possum and the vulnerable powerful owl.