Greenbank street goes wild for koalas

Greenbank residents Ann Cox, Sue and Jessica Smart, Brenden Ward and Loralai, Harrison and Sebastyan Mueller (front) on one of the properties on Lyndale Road which has been made wildlife friendly with nest boxes.
Greenbank residents Ann Cox, Sue and Jessica Smart, Brenden Ward and Loralai, Harrison and Sebastyan Mueller (front) on one of the properties on Lyndale Road which has been made wildlife friendly with nest boxes.

RESIDENTS in Greenbank who have turned their properties into wildlife havens are starting to reap the rewards of their efforts.

For the past 18 months residents on five properties on Lyndale Road have seen a return of more bird and possum species on their land and recently the very first koala.

The move to encourage wildlife across the 14 hectares in the area has been driven by resident Brenden Ward.

On his own property Mr Ward has used Logan City Council's Envirogrant and Land for Wildlife programs to plant hundreds of seedlings, install nest boxes in trees and keep a portion of his land untouched for wildlife.

Mr Ward said the residents who had made their properties "wildlife friendly" had seen a large increase in wildlife numbers.

From a variety of birds and possums, to water hens, kangaroos, bandicoots and frogs, Mr Ward said animals of all shapes and sizes were flocking to Lyndale Road.

"It was a huge milestone to see a koala and it is just so satisfying to know that what we are doing is allowing them to feel safe here," he said.

"We have 43 nest boxes across the five properties and most of them are occupied by birds or possums.

"It's great to be able to get children from the properties involved as well, to encourage their interest, as they are the next generation."

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