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Project Moonie

Moonie project is located near the town of Moonie which is approximately 5 hours drive west of Brisbane.  It comprises 5 adjoining properties. 

The central feature of this project is an area of brigalow-belah forest.  Few examples of this vegetation type remain on the Darling Downs.  This scrubby forest is a refuge for wildlife and hosts more than 92 species of birds.

A geological feature of the area are the depressions in the ground known as gilgais (locals call them melon holes) which are scattered throughout these properties.

Location:

Moonie project is about 5 hours drive west of Brisbane and is bordered by the Moonie River.  From Toowoomba the fastest route to Moonie is via Cecil Plains.  Careful planning is recommended as this route is not shown on most GPS vehicle navigation devices.

Stakeholders:

  • Nature Refuges Qld
  • Qld Government
  • Private property owners

 Conservation Outcome

  • Preserve and enhance plant biodiversity and native wildlife corridors
  • Preserve and enhance populations of native ground-dwelling mammal species and native bird species
  • Feral predator control, including:

Primary:

  • Feral Pig (Sus scrofa)
  • Feral Goat (Capra hircus)
  • European Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes)
  • Feral cat (Felis catus)
  • Wild Dog (Canis lupus spp)

Secondary:

  • European Hare (Lepus europaeus)
  • European Carp (Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus)
  • Indian Myna Bird (Acridotheres tristis)

History

This project encompasses a tract of remnant brigalow-belah and poplar box woodland.  This is one of the only brigalow-belah plant communities still remaining on the southern edge of the Brigalow Belt South biogeographic region.  The plant communities occurring are of high conservation value.  Native animal species of conservation significance are:

  • Northern banjo frog
  • Wonga pigeon
  • Koala
  • Glossy black cockatoo

The primary purpose of the project is to help preserve and protect the natural brigalow-belah forest from degradation by feral animals.  A secondary purpose of this project is to assist the adjoining private property owners to manage feral pest species that may find refuge in the woodlands.

Project Milestones

Commenced in in 2012 and conducted bimonthly.

SSAA Conservation & Wildlife Management Expertise utilised

  • Ground shooting of Feral Pig, Feral Goat, European Red Fox, Feral cat, European Hare and wild dogs consistent with the NSW DPI Codes of Practice for Humane Destruction and corresponding Standard Operating Procedures
  • Weed management e.g. treatment of prickly pear tree
  • Assist with the monitoring of feral animal activity in order to improve & develop control techniques.

Logistics

Accommodation

Our accommodation on this project is in shearing quarters and shearing shed with toilet, shower, kitchen, power and water.  Depending on numbers of members attending, you may need/prefer to bring a swag/tent to camp outside.  Check with your trip leader in this regards.

There is fresh tank water on site, however you may wish to bring your own drinking water if not boiling it.

Transportation

Travelling to the project 2wd vehicles are suitable.  4wd vehicles are used to work the properties.

What to bring

Standard equipment as per CWM’s operating procedures, especially a 5watt UHF radio with earpiece, GPS & compass, first aid kit including snake bite bandages, quality spot light and/or firearm mounted spotlights.

Consider the weather conditions for the time of year that you are attending the project as summer day time temperatures can be in the 40's, whilst winter night time temperatures can drop to -0 degrees.

There is a $10 (per adult per trip) accommodation levy to assist in maintaining the shearing quarters and to buy cleaning supplies and other consumables.

Project Contacts

Damien Ferguson, Project Officer

Mobile: 0402 424 424
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