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NSW: Koala Gardens - Katrina Jeffery


Katrina Jeffery is the owner of Koala Gardens, a property located approximately 20km south of Lismore. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary also used for wildlife rehabilitation and protected in perpetuity by a Conservation Agreement with New South Wales state government. An area at the top of the property that is not part of the Conservation Agreement has been planted with koala food trees to supply leaf to the Friends of the Koala care centre. It is Katrina's intent to continue native habitat regeneration concentrating on biodiversity and the protection of the possible range of threatened species that the habitat may support. Katrina also intends to start a small tourism business on the property in the future.



Koala Gardens covers 5.6 hectares consisting of well-established mature koala food trees and a regenerating rainforest remnant. A koala colony uses the property and currently 8 colony members frequent the property. Over 3000 young native trees (less than 6 years old) have been planted or self-sown. The majority of these are koala primary or secondary food trees. The property is a fundamental part of wildlife corridors in Tuckurimba. As part of the designated climate change corridor, it is also identified as important for long term resilience. The property has been described as having high ecological value, providing connectivity between north and south.

Topography affects the presence of the open eucalypt canopy with diverse herbs, native grass and scattered shrubs in the understorey. Further down the gully, in the south east of the property, the species composition shifts to dry rainforest. The sclerophyll vegetation is associated with Aboriginal land management along walking trails in the Northern Rivers. This cultural landscape needs active maintenance as the lack of burning and removal of livestock is leading to an expansion of trees and shrubs. Consequently, without management, there could be a loss of grass habitat including that of the hairy joint grass, which tends to appear in open areas near soaks.


Forest Red Gum - Pink Bloodwood open forest of the foothills and ranges of the North Coast (Keith no. 6). The community on this property is relatively simple and the canopy is dominated by forest red gums (Eucalyptus tereticornis) and pink bloodwoods (Corymbia intermedia) with occasional turpentines (Syncarpia glomulifera). The mid-storey is relatively sparse and is dominated by eucalyptus and Corymbia spp. regrowth. The shrub layer is relatively simple and includes hickory wattles (Acacia disparrima) black wattles (A. melanoxylon) and coffee bushes (Breynia oblongifolia). The groundcover is moderately diverse and is dominated by a variety of grasses, including windmill grass (Chloris gayana), bladey grass (Imperata cylindrical), kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra), native sorghum (Sorghum leiocladum), scented top grass (Capillipedium spicigerum), swamp foxtail (Pennisetum alopecuroides) and other herbaceous plants such as purple top (Verbena rigida), barbed wire grass (Cymbopogon refractus) and spiny-headed mat- rush (Lomandra longifolia). Patches of lantana (Lantana camara) occur here.

Pink Bloodwood - Tallowwood moist open forest of the far northern ranges of the North Coast" with a regenerating dry rainforest understory. The community on this property is relatively simple and the canopy is dominated by pink bloodwoods (Corymbia intermedia) and brush boxes (Lophostemon confertus) with some forest oaks (Allocasuarina torulosa), swamp boxes (Lophostemon suaveolens), black wattles (Acacia melanoxylon) and hickory wattles (A. disparrima) occurring on the lower slopes and in the gully. The mid-storey is relatively diverse and is dominated by brush boxes and pink bloodwoods, regrowth hickory wattles (Acacia disparrima), black wattle, red ashes (Alphitonia excelsa) and scattered forest oaks. The shrub layer includes numerous rainforest species including murroguns (Cryptocarya glaucescens), scrub turpentines (Rhodamnia rubescens), veiny wilkieas (Wilkiea huegeliana), boxwoods (Denhamia celastroides), bolwarras (Eupomatia laurina) and coffee bushes (Breynia oblongifolia). The groundcover is moderately diverse and in the more open forest it is dominated by a variety of grasses, including bladey grass (Imperata cylindrical), kangaroo grass (Themeda triandra), native sorghum (Sorghum leiocladum) and scented top grass (Capillipedium spicigerum). In the gully other herbaceous plants such as gristle ferns (Blechnum cartilagineum), rasp ferns (Doodia aspera), spiny-headed mat-rushes (Lomandra longifolia), settlers flaxes (Gymnostachys anceps) and scrambling lilies (Geitonoplesium cymosum) occur. Vines are numerous and include snake vines (Stephania aculeata), native grapes (Cissus hypoglauca), sarsaparillas (Smilax australis) and morindas (Morinda jasminoides). Areas of dense lantana (Lantana camara) occur on the lower slopes and in the gully.


The property contains habitat for fourteen threatened fauna species and three threatened flora species: hairy joint grass (Arthraxon hispidus), thorny peas (Desmodium acanthocladum), sweet myrtles (Gossia fragrantissima), wompoo fruit-doves (Ptilinopus magnificus), rose-crowned fruit-doves (Ptilinopus regina), little lorikeets (Glossopsitta pusilla), red-backed button-quails (Turnix maculosus), pale-vented bush-hens (Amaurornis moluccana), grey-crowned babblers (Pomatostomus temporalis), koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), squirrel gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis), grey-headed flying-foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus), southern myotis (Myotis aelleni), little bentwing-bats (Miniopterus australis), greater broad-nosed bats (Scoteanax rueppellii), eastern long-eared bats (Nyctophilus bifax), spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus). Species confirmed on site include koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), little lorikeets, and hairy joint grass.


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