An initiative to improve wildlife corridors and habitats is set to come to life at Lake Kurwongbah in Queensland.

Almost 3,000 trees will be planted as part of the Green Infrastructure Initiative, a partnership between Moreton Bay Regional Council and Seqwater.

Moreton Bay Council Mayor, Allan Sutherland, said the council was keen to create green wildlife corridors throughout its region.

“Seqwater rangers have identified an ideal location for this trial which, amongst other benefits, will help revegetate flood margin land,” Mr Sutherland said.

“If the trial goes to plan, we would look to extend it across our local government area.”

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer, Neil Brennan, said the revegetation project offered a range of benefits including improvements to water quality.

“Koalas and other wildlife will benefit from the revegetation, as will the water quality of Lake Kurwongbah,” Mr Brennan said.

“The urban impacts on native vegetation surrounding Lake Kurwongbah has unfortunately had a negative impact on water quality over the years.

“Moreton Bay Regional Council should be applauded for trialling this important work which will have significant benefits to flora, fauna and water quality.”

Planting will commence on the northern side of Lake Kurwongbah in October 2019, weather permitting.

Recycled water from water service provider, Unitywater, will be used for watering the newly planted trees, which are a native species that are well adapted to local environmental conditions.

Maintenance of the site will be undertaken by Moreton Bay Regional Council for the next three years to ensure the trees succeed.

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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