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Wallaby Lane Nature Refuge

Wallaby Lane Nature Refuge

Common name: Bridled nailtail wallaby Onychogalea fraenata 

Other names: Flashjack or waistcoat wallaby

Location:

Approximately 12Km west of Dingo on the Capricorn Highway (2 hrs west of Rockhampton)

The property owners who have set aside a section of their land, a mix of brigalow, lancewood, poplar box and ironbark, under a conservation agreement with the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. The conservation agreement provides for sustainable land use with a focus on biodiversity as the Wallaby Lane Nature Refuge.

Other Stakeholders include:

Conservation Outcome

To protect habitat and provide for the expansion of the population of bridled nailtail wallaby on Wallaby Lane Nature Refuge. It creates a corridor between Taunton National Park (to the north) and Walton State Forest (to the south).

The main threat to the bridled nailtail wallaby is feral animal predation on both the young and adults. The main threat predators are:

  • Feral Cat
  • European red fox
  • Wild dog
  • Feral Pigs

Conservation status

This species is listed as Endangered in Queensland (Nature Conservation Act 1992) and nationally (Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999).

The project was restarted in 2020 with an invitation from the owner and Department of Environment and Science staff to look at the predation problems they had, and see if CWM could help.

With predation from cats, foxes and dogs being the main concern these are the three primary target species while pigs pose no direct threat to the flashjack they Impact the environment and are of high concern to the neighbours that surround the refuge and are important to be removed, but are part of the secondary target species. Rabbits are also targeted.

Accommodation

camping in the main house yard in your swag and tarp, tent or camper.
On-site water for washing only.
240 volt power, 1 x 10amp outlet only - will need power board.
Toilet and shower are provided at the main house.

Trip duration can vary from two days to 1 week

Transportation

2 wd will get you to and from the property, 4-wheel drive for getting around the property.

What to bring

Standard equipment as per CWM operating procedures
Both handheld and rifle mount spotlights, thermal.
Night vision for still hunting (ask about our CWM set)
Good Torch or headlight
GPS, UHF radio

First aid kit including snakebite kit.
Range finder recommended
Sun block, hat and appropriate hot weather clothing
Insect repellent

Standard camp gear (stove, knives, forks, plates and equipment) required

Drinking water
12v-240v Fridge or esky
Drinking water will need to be brought with you

The property lends to all kinds of hunting (spotlighting, walking and still hunting are mostly used)

There are a number of foothold and cage traps for our use.

Nearest towns

Bluff, Dingo with a Service Station. Blackwater, Woolworths, specialty stores, several Service Stations, Hospital, Doctors surgeries etc.

Project Contacts

Malcolm Stockill

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