QLD: Oakview Wildlife Refuge - Anne Marie Dineen and Joe Schick
- Oakview is currently for sale! See the listing: http://www.ecorealestate.com.au/1345741/
- For more information, please contact Anne-Marie on (07) 5484 7354 or
Oakview Wildlife Refuge is almost 196 acres near Gympie. On the fringe of known koala habitat, Anne-Marie Dineen and Joe Schick's property provides a corridor of natural bushland in an area largely dominated by grazing properties.
It is characterised by open eucalypt forests of spotted gum and other eucalypt species, grass trees, creek and water holes, riparian zone vegetation, rocky outcrops, gullies and hills that provide habitat for a range of species including swamp, black stripe, whiptail and redneck wallabies, eastern grey kangaroos, common brushtail possums, greater gliders, northern brown bandicoots, koalas, platypuses, lungfish, a myriad of birdlife, lace monitors and many reptile species.
The riparian zone is fed by a creek and waterhole that provides habitat for the wildlife that Anne-Marie and Joe rescue and rehabilitate. They specialise in macropods but also care for a wide variety of other animals including flying foxes. Registered with the Land for Wildlife program, they also had a binding conservation agreement finalised in 2009.
Anne-Marie teaches cruelty free cooking classes on the refuge, and is passionate about saving wildlife and educating people about how loss of habitat is in part due to our dietry choices. "Removing animals from our dinner plates in turn reduces cruelty to cows, sheep, pigs etc. and improves our health and the health of the planet. 80% of the world's grain is grown to feed farmed animals, which contributes to world starvation."