B4C and Powerlink work together to improve connectivity for local wildlife

Restoring the environmental corridor in Minnippi Parklands is underway with the installation of 12 new nesting boxes to enhance habitat connectivity and improve shelter for gliders, bats and other local wildlife.

B4C has partnered with Powerlink to deliver the project, which also includes targeted weed removal, plant recovery and tree plantings with suitable native vegetation at a community planting event scheduled for early 2020. Keep an eye on our events page for the date.

B4C Landcare Services Manager Stefan Hattingh welcomed the partnership as an opportunity to boost the biodiversity corridor connecting Minnippi Parklands to other nearby green spaces.

Carly Murphy, Environment Officer, B4C
Carly Murphy, Environment Officer, Bulimba Creek

“We are pleased to work yet again with Powerlink to help protect the environmental values of another important site in our catchment, which is home to a range of squirrel and sugar gliders, microbats and bird species,” Mr Hattingh said.  

“These nesting boxes will provide much-needed shelter and protection for local wildlife, which we will closely monitor over the next 12 months.  

“As part of the monitoring process, our team will use special cameras on poles to accurately track in real-time which animals are using the nesting boxes.

“We are confident that over time, the increased habitat protection and regeneration on offer in this area will see local wildlife thrive.”

Powerlink Interim Chief Executive Kevin Kehl said the project builds on Powerlink’s previous activities at Minnippi Parklands to protect and enhance wildlife habitat. 

“Around 15 years ago, Powerlink installed nesting boxes to support fauna movement along the corridor in conjunction with the construction of our Belmont to Murarrie transmission line, which supplies electricity to Brisbane’s CBD and southern suburbs,” Mr Kehl said.

“Years later, some of these nesting boxes have become degraded so we are proud to work alongside B4C to install new nesting boxes and rehabilitate the site.

“We’ve been supporting B4C’s efforts to restore the Bulimba Creek catchment since 2002. Given the success of our previous projects together, we are looking forward to delivering more positive outcomes for the environment and local community.  

“The nesting boxes and native plants will go a long way in attracting local wildlife to the area, plus provide a low maintenance solution for Powerlink’s transmission line easement in the area.”

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