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Project Amiens

 

The project is comprised of several adjoining private properties in the Amiens region of the Stanthorpe plateau in the New England tablelands. This region is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours’ drive South-West of Brisbane.

The nucleus of the project is formed by three properties that are all Nature Refuges and are subject to specific requirements set down by Nature Refuges Queensland.

Location:

Project Amiens is made up of over 10 properties totalling over 1000 hectares within 30 minutes drive from Stanthorpe. Most properties are privately owned and CWM has enjoyed an excellent relationship with all local stakeholders (including police, Qld Govt and local property owners) since inception of this project in Feb 2013.

Stakeholders:

  • Nature Refuges Qld
  • Qld Parks & Wildlife Service
  • HQ Plantations

Conservation Outcome

  • Preserve and enhance populations of native ground-dwelling mammal species
  • Preserve and enhance plant biodiversity and native wildlife corridors
  • Feral predator control, including:
    Primary:
    • Feral Goats (Capra hircus)
    • European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
    • Feral cat (Felis catus)
    • Wild Dogs (Canis Lupus spp)
    • Feral Pig (Sus Scrofa)
    • Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
  • Secondary:
    • Feral Fallow Deer (Dama dama)

History

The project's nucleus of three Nature Refuges are surrounded by a number of primary production properties.  Detailed management plans exist for some of the properties, and CWM Qld are responsible for the pest species management component of these plans.

The property is highly biodiverse, containing three threatened ecosystems (2 Endangered & one of Concern) and several rare and threatened species. The terrain is generally easily walked with access to drop-off points via vehicle (4WD is recommended). There are some steep and scrubby features and large granite features typical of this region.

Management of this project is a matter of ensuring excellent relationships with our local property owners and stakeholders. This is the key accountability of the Team Leaders and Project Leader and the behaviour and conduct of all members needs to be of the highest standard and is subject to explicit direction of the Team Leader at all times.

Project Milestones

Establishment of a feral predator control program by CWM in late 2012, with continued successful operations

The addition of numerousl adjoining properties that require our services effectively multiplying the scope of the project

SSAA Conservation & Wildlife Management Expertise utilise

  • Ground shooting of European Red Fox, Feral goat, Rabbit and Fallow Deer
  • Trapping of feral goats
  • Weed management
  • Maintenance work on facilities
  • Provision of field game for local consumption

Logistics

Accommodation

We base ourselves at one of the private properties. This property has a large Blacksmith's Shed 10 X 8m which supplies 240V solar power, hot and cold water and large sinks, plenty of bench space for food preparation, a shower and two composting toilets. There is plenty of flat ground around the shed for setting up tents or swags. There is also space under cover either on the shed floor or mezzanine floor. There is no refrigeration available so bring an esky or a car fridge, preferably with its own power supply.  

Transportation

To project: 2wd, 4wd

On ground: 4wd and walking (principally)

What to bring

Standard equipment as per CWM operating procedures - Backpack with 5w UHF radio, GPS/compass, water, first aid kit etc

Consider the weather conditions for the time of year that you are attending the project, as winter temperatures often fall to zero and below whilst summer days can be above 40c.

Project Contacts

Michael McGlinn, Project Leader

Tel: 0421 080 347
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