Kurwongbah State School planting of dwarf gums
Orphaned koala “HiccUp’ was not fazed by being the centre of attention at the Kurwongbah State School planting of dwarf gums.
HiccUp leaned from her fodder branches to sample the dwarf gum leaves, which she found to her satisfaction.
Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Pine Rivers Koala Care Association received 350 seedlings propagated by a University of the Sunshine Coast research team led by associate professor Stephen Trueman.
Professor Trueman and his team spent nine years trialling different types of gum trees to create the most successful dwarf gum, to be surprised the most promising turned out to be the Mt Beerwah mallee.
The gums grow to approx. 6m over seven to eight years.
Pine Rivers Koala Care Association president said local koalas, like HiccUp, seemed to accept the fodder of the dwarf trees.
They were planted on National Tree Day 2016.
Update 2017: Trees have doubled and in some cases tripled in size a year on from the planting.
Kurwongbah school captains Max Ireland and Bianca Skelson planted trees at the school in Eacham St.