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Queensland is known as the Sunshine State, with plenty of contrasting opportunities for Conservation Volunteers programs. Mackay is halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, and offers dramatic coastlines, rainforests, beaches and islands, with projects taking place in and around Mackay as well as further afield. In North Queensland, Townsville projects take in rainforest and beach areas, while Cairns offers the chance of rainforests on mountain ranges, beach and creek restoration projects and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. In southern Queensland, the State’s capital, Brisbane, is the ideal place to join projects travelling to the hinterland areas of the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast as well as the Southern Downs, Toowoomba and Darling Downs and South Burnett.
Examples of projects in Queensland include:
- St George, south west Queensland – once wide spread throughout Queensland, the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is now one of Australia’s most endangered species with only a single population of 110 individuals remaining in the Epping Forest National Park in central Queensland. To improve the prospects for this iconic Australian species, Conservation Volunteers is working establish a second population of wombats at St George in south east Queensland. This unique volunteer experience will involve constructing a 5km predator proof fence to protect the new wombat population from dingoes and foxes.
- Fraser Island is World Heritage-listed, and is the world’s largest sand island. It’s a place of exceptional beauty, with long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by coloured sand cliffs, and freshwater lakes ringed by white sandy beaches. CVA teams help to remove invasive weeds in National Park areas and upgrade walking tracks and trails.
- Springsure Koala Reserve – koala populations in the Springsure area have been severely impacted by drought, flood and fire. Volunteers help to assess the state of local koala populations and their habitats.
- Stuart Creek, in the Townsville region, has a unique closed canopy gallery forest. The Stuart Creek floodplains support rich alluvial soils that support this unusual feature. Volunteers help with mass tree planting in this semi-tropical environment.