New South Wales: Quoll Headquarters - 164 hectares - Steve Haslam

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Victoria: Witchwood - 9.1 hectares - Jill Redwood

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Queensland: The Roost - 39.75 hectares - Lynn Childs

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Tasmania: Lyn and Geoff's Refuge - 10 hectares - Lyn and Geoff Murray

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Western Australia: Tippaburra Valley - 2470 hectares - Buddy Kent

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New South Wales: Falls Forest Retreat - 80 hectares - Mary White

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Victoria: Wingura - 2.5 hectares - Suzanne and John Brandenberger

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Queensland: Cooper Creek Wilderness - 66.74 hectares - Prue Hewett

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NSW: Gordon's Refuge - Gordon Markwart


Gordon Markwart is the owner of a property located approximately 20km east of Moss Vale. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary and a residence. It is Gordon's intent for the property to continue in these purposes while promoting the growth of native vegetation and limiting that of non-native species.


Gordon's Refuge blue-tongued lizard


The property covers 0.23 hectares with approximately half the block consisting of remnant temperate rainforest known as the Yarrawa Brush, which is unique in Australia. Most of the 2,500 hectares of original Yarrawa Brush were cleared in the 19th century for agricultural purposes. Small patches remain in places that were unsuitable for farming or where the rainforest was preserved by property owners. Vegetation includes sassafras (Doryphora sassafras), lilly pillies (Syzygium spp.), kangaroo apples (Solanum laciniatum), and tree ferns (Cyathea australis).


Gordon's Refuge wombat

Wildlife known to inhabit the sanctuary include bare nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus), highland copperhead snakes (Austrelaps ramsayi), blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides scincoides), crimson rosellas (Platycercus elegans), satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus) and a variety of parrots, doves and pigeons.


Gordon's Refuge birdlife


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