Rehabilitation work on a 30-hectare environmental corridor through Stockland’s Augustine Heights community has entered the final phase of a more than 10-year project
More than 117,000 open forest and creek bank species of endemic trees, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers have been planted as part of the work, which will assist in providing habitat for local wildlife.
In addition, 49 hardwood timber nesting boxes have been installed targeting a range of wildlife from cockatoos to possums and gliders to provide nesting and denning locations within the corridor.
David Laner, Acting Queensland General Manager for Residential Communities at Stockland, said the rehabilitation of the environmental corridor, which represented a significant portion of the 183-hectare Augustine Heights community, had been an outstanding achievement.
“The environmental corridor weaves its way throughout Augustine Heights and is integral to the ambience of the community,’’ Mr Laner said.
“The work underscores Stockland’s commitment to building vibrant communities that emphasise lifestyle, open spaces and a full range of amenities.
“In all, Augustine Heights contains more than 47 hectares of open space and is popular with families seeking a semi-rural lifestyle which is well connected to Ipswich, Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and has schools, shops, and public transport close at hand.’’
A final 18-month maintenance phase on the southern edge of the site and Stage 6 of the project recently commenced. Works involve weed control, covering bare earth with reclaimed mulch from the site, re-use of boulders on site to create niche wildlife habitats, and the reduction of fire fuel load from exotic shrub species across approximately 11 hectares.
The work has been designed and managed by Cardno’s Landscape Architectural team, on behalf of Stockland.