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21,000 koala trees cleared for Moreton Bay Rail project

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (27.7.16) on the loss of koala habitat around the northern fringes of Brisbane as land clearing work continues for the Moreton Bay rail line extension. This comes as a Griffith University study shows that newly built ‘eco-passages’ are providing some help to koalas in navigating around land development.

‘More than 62 hectares of koala habitat – including 21,000 mature koala trees – was cleared to allow the Moreton Bay Rail project from Petrie to Kippa Ring to proceed.

‘While 24,800 koala trees have since been replanted, 281 koalas have died in the area on Brisbane’s northern fringe since March 2013.

‘Griffith University ecologist Professor Darryl Jones on Wednesday said koalas were attacked by dogs when they travelled disoriented on the ground trying to find their homes in their original habitat.’

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