Greenbank poet finds inspiration from wildlife

POET Robert Raftery has revealed that some of his written prose was inspired by the thriving wildlife on his Greenbank property.

INSPIRED: Greenbank poet Robert Raftery has written poetry inspired by local wildlife.

INSPIRED: Greenbank poet Robert Raftery has written poetry inspired by local wildlife.

Mr Raftery owns a 6.5 hectare property comprising wildlife sanctuaries named after his grand children.

Special visitors to the wildlife sanctuaries include peregrines, whip birds, willy wagtails and various reptiles.

The semi-retired business man is the 300th landowner to sign up to Logan City Council's Land for Wildlife program, which helps preserve native animals and plants.

The program also seeks to improve wildlife habitats through the restoration of native vegetation and weed management.

Mr Raftery said he wrote a poem about the Land for Wildlife program, titled: For Wildlife, A Sign of the Times.

"I wanted to experience the majesty of wildlife," he said.

"There are too many species disappearing and we need to work together to turn this around."

Known as Australia's picture writer, Mr Raftery has written tributes to Australian Olympians including We're Goin' for Gold, Catherine the Great and Dawnie.

He has also written poems about rugby union, league, golf and topical humour.

Logan City Council was among one of the first south-east Queensland councils to embrace the Land for Wildlife program in 1998, with nine of the 18 properties that joined in the first year still registered.

There are now more than 300 properties registered with Land for Wildlife, representing 6.5 per cent of the Logan City Council area.

A Logan City Council spokesperson said the free program had a strong educational focus and was ideal for landowners who want to attract more wildlife to their properties.

"Council assists registered members to take steps to reduce erosion, connect bushland corridors and improve soil health and the quality of waterways."

For more information visit the Logan City Council website and search Land for Wildlife.

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