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AROONA: AN ABUNDANT LANDSCAPE


Aroona: An abundant landscape Sustainable grazing: Achieving harmony between natural and productive landscapes. Aroona is a magnificent 2000-hectare property in the Little Liverpool Range, about 55km southwest of Ipswich. A working cattle property for more than 50 years, Aroona is the cornerstone of QTFN’s Abundant Landscapes initiative. Aroona demonstrates that production, restoration and conservation can co-exist effectively on Queensland agricultural land. This QTFN permanent reserve is home to around 300 head of cattle and several threatened species including the koala, powerful owl, brush-tailed rock-wallaby and the glossy black cockatoo. Aroona hosts nine regional ecosystems, six of which have a biodiversity status ‘of concern’. Its large areas of diverse native vegetation allow natural ecological processes to occur at the scale necessary to support varied and viable populations of conservation-significant wildlife. Our vision for Aroona is to demonstrate that improved land management and conservation activities can support and enhance productive landscapes.

Brush-tailed rock-wallaby (Petrogale penicillata) • Thrive in rugged, rocky environments around cliffs and caves, where they graze on native grasses at dawn and dusk. • Hunting, predation by feral animals, habitat loss and loss of genetic diversity mean the species now survives only on rocky escarpments along the Great Dividing Range from south east Queensland through eastern New South Wales to eastern Victoria. • Listed on the IUCN Red List as Vulnerable. • Listed as Vulnerable under both the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992. • Three previously unknown and thriving populations of brush-tailed rock-wallaby have been found at Aroona, putting QTFN in a strong position to influence their conservation


Our work on Aroona Since Aroona became a QTFN permanent reserve in 2015, we have done extensive restoration and rejuvenation work with the assistance of volunteers, staff and members of the local community. We have sustainably managed Aroona’s cattle population, implemented an ecosystem recovery plan and mapped ecologically significant habitats on Aroona. Habitat mapping enables farmers to plan and improve landscape management practices in a way that delivers positive conservation outcomes. Sustainable grazing is used as a land management tool on the property – to control weeds, manage fire risk, provide scientific data and generate income to fund ongoing property management costs.

The history of Aroona Aroona was originally eight separate lots of cattle grazing land, acquired by Dr Robin and Kathleen Stock over more than 40 years. Over the years, the Stocks developed a special connection with the property and a keen interest in its resident wildlife. Given their love of local wildlife and wilderness, the Stocks wanted to see Aroona sustainably managed for both its production and conservation value. This desire aligned perfectly with the Trust’s vision to protect Queensland’s biodiversity on productive landscapes and enable sustainable land use. The Stocks donated this $2.9 million property to QTFN in December 2015.


QTFN’s Abundant Landscapes initiative The impact of our work at Aroona goes beyond this property. As part of our commitment to facilitating research, QTFN is working with universities and researchers to better understand how grazing regimes and agricultural land management can deliver commercial value while also positively contributing to the health of Aroona’s native wildlife and ecosystems. Aroona presents an opportunity to demonstrate that fauna and flora conservation and cattle grazing can co-exist. The results of this research will be extremely significant for Queensland’s 145 million hectares of grazing land.

AROONA IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF ACHIEVING HARMONY BETWEEN NATURAL AND PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES.

Fast facts – Aroona • 2000-hectare working cattle property. • 55 kilometres south-west of Ipswich in the Little Liverpool Range. • Sustainable grazing – harmony between natural and productive landscapes. • Home to several threatened species and nine regional ecosystems. • Donated to QTFN in 2015.


Fawn-footed melomys (melomys cervinipes)

Tommy roundhead (Diporiphora australis)

Common dunnart (Sminthopsis murina)

QTFN: Partnering to protect Partner with us to enhance biodiversity in productive landscapes. QTFN is always keen to work with farmers, agribusinesses, financiers and education providers on productive landscapes projects at Aroona, our other permanent reserves and on privately owned land. We recognise that landowners have intimate knowledge of their land’s condition, potential and the biodiversity it supports.

This is why QTFN partners to protect – working collaboratively with landowners to build on their knowledge; ensure sustainable, productive land use; and identify areas of their land suitable for restoration and permanent protection. If you are interested in working with QTFN, please contact us on ph 1800 237 724 or email info@qtfn.org.au.


About Us Queensland Trust For Nature (QTFN) is an independent not for profit organisation working to achieve long-term conservation outcomes on privately-owned land. We focus on protection and restoration of ecologically important ecosystems and critical wildlife corridors. QTFN partners with all levels of government, industry, the education sector and the community to build better understanding, information and land management practices.

CONTACT US Phone: 1800 237 724 Email: info@qtfn.org.au www.qtfn.org.au QldTrustforNature

From tropical North Queensland to the New South Wales border and west to Charleville, since the Trust was established in 2004 we have acquired, protected and resold properties providing habitat for 69 endangered, vulnerable or threatened species and covers 56 regional ecosystems. Our primary conservation tool is a fund that buys, restores, protects and resells land that has high conservation value, is in need of remediation or located in ecologically strategic areas.

Queensland Trust for Nature Aroona Brochure  
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