Research Partnerships Program

Council’s Research Partnerships Program supports collaborative scientific research with educational institutions, community groups, and government agencies on issues affecting the environment.

Research partnerships lead to improved understanding of ecosystem functions and services. They provide valuable environmental knowledge which assists council to protect, manage and enhance the region’s biodiversity. This knowledge helps build the resilience of ecosystems to the impacts of climate change.

Supporting collaborative research partnerships strengthens environmental management planning and decision-making. The Research Partnerships Program promotes knowledge sharing and encourages collaborative approaches to problem solving.

Current research partnership

  • Koala Chlamydia Vaccine Research
    Moreton Bay Regional Council is a foundation funding partner - working with the University of the Sunshine Coast - in the research, development and initial field trials of a Chlamydia vaccine for koalas.
  • Urban Koala Project
    The Urban Koala Project is a collaborative research project between MBRC and the Sunshine Coast University, with assistance from the Queensland Government. The project aims to trial the use of naturally occurring dwarf gum koala food trees in landscaped urban environments across the Region.
  • Glossy Black Cockatoo Conservancy
    The glossy black cockatoo is a rare and threatened cockatoo that is listed as Vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. The Glossy Black Conservancy was formed in 2005 as a partnership between government, community groups and business to facilitate the management and conservation of GBC in southeast Queensland and northern New South Wales.
  • Shorebird Research Project
    Moreton Bay supports up to 50,000 shorebirds which feed in intertidal wetlands during the summer. The Queensland Wader Study Group and MBRC collaboratively undertake regular shorebird counts in coastal areas across the Moreton Bay Region.
  • Species in Human Modified Landscapes – ARC Linkage Project
    Habitat loss and fragmentation are the major pressures for wildlife in urban areas. In collaboration with Council, and with the assistance of an Australian Research Council grant, the University of Queensland is investigating native animal dispersal between fragmented natural areas across southeast Queensland.
  • Alternative management of little red flying fox roosts
    This project is a partnership between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Queensland Government’s Department of Environment and Science. The project focuses on little red flying foxes, which are a nomadic flying fox species. Little red flying foxes are known to occur within the region, sometimes in very high numbers, typically in the summer months. Council is supporting this research by providing historic and current roosting data on little red flying foxes.
  • Cane Toad Challenge
    Moreton Bay Regional Council is an affiliate of the Cane Toad Challenge run by the University of Queensland. Council will be assisting by running field trials within the region.
  • Urban habitation in Australia flying foxes
    Moreton Bay Regional Council is supporting the Western Sydney University, Griffith University and Montana State University in their research of urban flying fox colonies. The study will focus on developing an understanding of population dynamics, roosting preference, foraging behaviours and health of urban flying foxes.
  • Powerful Owl project
    Moreton Bay Regional Council is supporting Bird Life southern Queensland in their Powerful Owl Project. The project will involve surveys of numerous locations within the region for the presence of powerful owls, nest site and monitor breeding success.
  • Greater Glider project
    The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland (WPSQ), through its Queensland Glider Network (QGN) and in collaboration with Moreton Bay Regional Council, is installing and monitoring nest boxes within Sheep Station Creek Conservation Park. The project aims to understand nest box preferences of Greater Gliders.

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