World Class Conservation
Sibelco Australia conducts world-class ecosystem rehabilitation and fauna research into a number of rare species on NSI.
Some of our past and current conservation programs on NSI include:
The Glossy Black Cockatoo is a rare and secretive bird found in many forested areas on the island, including old mining rehabilitation. Research into this bird is helping us to develop a strategy for the management of Glossy Black Cockatoos in the greater Brisbane region.
Results from our Koala Monitoring Program confirm the island population is thriving and regularly inhabits our rehabilitated mine sites. This innovative, Sibelco funded program is a collaboration between the company and the University of Queensland.
Sibelco Australia’s Frog Management plan has been developed on the basis of data collected over more than eleven years of monitoring of frog species on the island. Independent consultants conduct regular monitoring programs for significant frog species each year.
Our rehabilitated Ibis mine lease is home to the Oxleyan Pygmy Perch. There are only 22 known locations in the world where this species has been recorded. In 2002, the company successfully developed a Significant Species (Fish) Management Plan and breeding program.
Sibelco Australia also sponsors the University of Queensland’s NSI Marine Research facility through a number of research programs including the study of Dugongs and sea grass in Moreton Bay and Manta Rays that migrate to the area each year.
The company is integrally involved in the development and implementation of a Feral Animal Management program for NSI. As any attempt to manage feral animals on NSI requires a whole-of-island approach, Sibelco Australia works with local government and wildlife groups.
Sibelco Australia continues to use and monitor a range of techniques to encourage fauna recolonisation while rehabilitated areas become established.
Artificial Habitat Log piles are placed in new rehabilitation.These logs have been saved during the clearing process to provide habitats for invertebrates and small and large vertebrates. Some logs are stood upright to provide bird roosts encouraging birds of prey and seed and fruit eating birds into the rehabilitated site for feeding and hunting.
The company installs Nesting and Roosting Boxes. These boxes simulate the holes and hollows of mature trees and provide homes for a variety of birds, reptiles and small mammals. Sibelco Australia continues to monitor the usage of these boxes and refines placement based on the findings.