MARIA RIVER EUCALYPTUS PLANTATION
The purchase of a significant parcel of land 94 Hectares 232 Acres on the North Shore of Port Macquarie will enhance the supply of eucalyptus leaf for hospitalised and koalas in care. Koalas receive fresh leaf each morning and the demand is a very significant logistic, time and monetary cost on the Koala Hospital.
Another important function of the purchase is to conserve important core koala habitat. It was recorded that there were at least 12 koalas in eucalypt forest east of the planned plantation area in 2005. This forested area also has the bonus of being connected to Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve to its east.