This campaign has now closed, having successfully raised a total of $566,476 thanks to generous support. Click below to learn more about how the funds will be spent.Learn more
Dear supporters, we urgently need your help.
We have just 6 weeks to raise $550,000 to secure a rare opportunity to expand AWC’s Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary and extend our conservation footprint in the Blackall Ranges by a further 15%!
Your gift will be doubled!
Reflecting the strategic importance of this expansion, two generous supporters have collectively put forward half of the funds as a matching gift, meaning that 100% of every donation you make towards this project will be matched until our goal is reached.
How will the funds be used?
AWC will apply the funds towards the purchase of land and implementation of key actions including weed and fire control. AWC will also erect interpretation boards in the expansion area, providing information for visitors on the site’s biodiversity, AWC’s management actions and the area’s key conservation issues.
For all gifts of $1,000 or more, you can nominate to have your name displayed on the interpretation boards when they are set up, as a generous benefactor of this special sanctuary.
We are excited to announce a rare opportunity to expand AWC’s Curramore Wildlife Sanctuary and extend our conservation footprint in the Blackall Ranges by a further 15%!
The added 26.1 hectares will provide protection for the headwaters of Little Cedar Creek (inhabited by the endemic Maleny Spiny Crayfish Euastacus urospinosus), that flows on to the Mary River which supports the endangered Mary River Turtle, the vulnerable Queensland Lungfish and the Platypus – as well as for the diversity of threatened wildlife that already call Curramore home.
Curramore is currently only accessed by crossing a neighbour’s estate.
The expansion along the northern boundary will connect the sanctuary to the road, finally enabling AWC permanent access to deliver priority conservation actions, as well as opportunities for volunteering and visits by you – our amazing Queensland supporters.
Located on the western edge of the Maleny Plateau in south-east Queensland, Curramore protects an array of vegetation types including rainforest, tall eucalypt and grassy open forests. The property is also a hotspot for biodiversity.
Despite its relatively small 170-hectare size, Curramore supports more than 700 native animals and plants, including Koalas, Paradise Riflebirds, Subtropical Antechinus, Plumed Frogmouth, Pouched Frogs and one of Australia’s largest butterflies, the endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. In fact, at least fifteen threatened species find refuge here.
Weed infestation is the single greatest threat to wildlife at the sanctuary. Lantana can cause severe ecosystem damage and is a Weed of national Significance. Lantana spreads rapidly, excluding native vegetation and inhibiting new growth to the forest canopy.
Over the past decade, the AWC field team along with volunteers, have successfully removed 45% of lantana from Curramore, restoring the native ecosystem across 70 hectares of the sanctuary and demonstrating the effectiveness of systematic weed control. Curramore is now a showcase for effective lantana control.
AWC’s conservation strategy at Curramore focuses on three priority actions:
The new land acquisition will bring Curramore within 500 metres of Maleny National Park, increasing connectivity between protected areas and maximising the conservation return on your investment. This will improve AWC’s ability to conserve the property’s biodiversity and support conservation across the Maleny plateau.
We are pleased to confirm we have surpassed our goal to raise $550,000 (raising $566,476) and can now expand this very special sanctuary.