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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William and Kathryn's Refuge Landscape


VIC: Stringybark - William and Kathryn Elder


William and Kathryn Elder are the owners of Stringybark, a property located approximately 25km southwest of Ballarat. The property is a wildlife-friendly sanctuary and it is William and Kathryn's intent for it to continue to be used for conservation and wildlife protection. The property is also a member of the Land for Wildlife program and is subject to a vegetation offset management plan with Golden Plains Shire Council. William and Kathryn intend to place a permanent covenant on part of the property in the future.


William and Kathryn's Refuge Echidna


The property covers 8 hectares of bushland contiguous with state forest on three sides. Vegetation is dominated by heathy dry forest comprising of low, open eucalypt woodlands with understories featuring snake (Acacia aculeatissima), silver (Acacia dealbata) and black (Acacia melanoxylon) wattles, grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp.), native peas (Pultenaea spp.) and a variety of native orchids and grasses. There is a small area set aside for a sustainable, off-grid house built by William and Kathryn.


William and Kathy's Refuge Spider web


Wildlife species known to inhabit the sanctuary include short-beaked echidnas (Tachyglossus aculeatus), brushtail possums (Trichosurus vulpecula), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), and swamp wallabies (Wallabia bicolor). The sanctuary is also home to approximately 30 reptile species including wood geckos (Diplodactylus vittatus), jacky lizards (Amphibolurus muricatus), garden skinks (Lampropholis guichenoti), eastern blue-tongued lizards (Tiliqua scincoides), and common copperheads (Austrelaps superbus). Frog species known to occur on the property include brown tree frogs (Litoria ewingii), southern toadlets (Pseudophryne semimarmorata), eastern banjo frogs (Limnodynastes dumerilii), and common eastern froglets (Crinia signifera). Among the 49 species of birds that have been identified at the sanctuary are laughing kookaburras (Dacelo novaeguineae), sacred kingfishers (Todiramphus santus), yellow-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus funereus), and tawny frogmouths (Podargus strigoides). In addition, 25 native cockroach species are likely to be found on the property including convex litter runners (Platyzosteria biglumis), colourful burrowing (Macropanesthia kraussiana) and giant burrowing (Macropanesthia rhinoceros) cockroaches.


Elder Sustainable house


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