The Urban koala tree project is a collaborative research project between Council and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), with assistance from the Queensland Government to deliver small growing gum trees, Eucalyptus kabiana (Mt Beerwah mallee) suitable for use in urban areas.
Eucalyptus kabiana are listed as Vulnerable under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. The species is endemic to the Glasshouse Mountains on the Sunshine Coast. Within their endemic range they usually grow to a 5 metre high Mallee, and rarely grow to a small tree with a maximum height of 10m.
In 2016, USC, under a research permit, provided Council with 95 E. kabiana saplings. These saplings were planted across 20 parks and reserves throughout the Moreton Bay region. Since their establishment, Council has conducted annual monitoring of the E. kabiana at the trial sites.
Some key observation from Council’s monitoring over the 2017-2019 period:
- Eucalyptus kabiana have exhibited two types of growth form, Mallee and Tree.
- Heights of the E. kabiana varied from 4-7m.
Council will continue to monitor the growth habits and health of the E. kabiana for an additional two years.