Save our Brush-Tailed Rock-Wallabies

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Photo courtesy Taronga Park Zoo

A deceased baby Brush-Tailed Rock Wallaby located southwest of Ipswich has prompted the Ipswich City Council and Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) to ramp up conservation efforts on behalf of the species.

The wallabies are classified as vulnerable, so their survival is reliant on the work and donations of conservation groups, the Council and the community.

QTFN General Manager, Nerida Bradley said, “It is critical that we continue to manage the introduced predators that threaten our efforts to create a safe home for the rock-wallaby.

“ With the community’s help, we hope to move them off the threatened species list.

“We are working with researchers from UQ and other local landholders to understand how the wallabies are moving through the landscape, what they need to survive, and when they are at greatest threat from predators.

“We’re keen to work with others who want to see native wildlife survive and thrive, and it is amazing to see how the local Ipswich community has taken an interest in the survival of these little guys.”

Ipswich City Council is also working with conservation groups and the local community to assist with the survival of the species.

Environment spokesman Councillor David Morrison said the city’s 2017-2018 Budget included $648,000 for conservation planning.

“We’re placing extra focus on monitoring and improving habitat for the city’s Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby,” he said.

“Several sightings have been recorded since the lantana removal works at Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate.

“Protecting and enhancing our environment requires a multi-faceted approach and these community events and programs continue to be an important part of our overall strategy.”

The QTFN works hard to conserve the Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby at both their Aroona and Koala Crossing reserves. Anyone wanting to assist them by volunteering or donating, visit www.qtfn.org.au.