Bushland cleared in Tea Gardens

SPINIFEX AVE, TEA GARDENS: Earthmovers clear bushland for Asset Protection Zone.
SPINIFEX AVE, TEA GARDENS: Earthmovers clear bushland for Asset Protection Zone.


WORKMEN have been busy clearing a large tract of bushland along Spinifex Avenue, Tea Gardens over the past couple of weeks.

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A spokesman for the Rural Fire Service told News Of The Area, “This is all part of ensuring bushfire prevention for the Palm Lake Resort.”

The clearing work, which runs for nearly a kilometre, has been watched over by an ecologist who came to the rescue of a young kookaburra family.

“Three young kookaburras, nearly fledged, were accidentally knocked from their hollow when a tree nearby was pushed over and collected the side of their tree as it came down,” Conservationist, Jill Madden said.

“One managed to remain in the damaged hollow as the other two fluttered awkwardly to the ground.”

“Fortunately the ecologist monitoring the clearing was on hand and able to take the two kookas to a carer overnight.

“The next morning a nest box was placed in the tree and all three young birds were reunited and hopefully the parents will continue to feed them until they are able to leave the nest box.”

“The ecologist has been monitoring the other trees marked for removal for hollows and any indications of squirrel and sugar gliders, owls, dollar birds along the many species requiring old growth trees with hollows,” Jill said.

The clearing has removed all but three trees per hectare, as per bushfire requirements for an Asset Protection Zone.


By: Margie TIERNEY

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