The future of natural habitat in the Little Liverpool Range has been assured through a collaborative partnership between key landowners including the Turner Family to create the Little Liverpool Range Initiative.

The Initiative has been built on a strong partnership between the Turner Family Foundation, Queensland Trust for Nature and the Ipswich City Council—private landowners and neighbouring councils with a common goal of conservation.

This partnership delivers natural connectivity between Mount Grandchester Conservation Estate, Hidden Vale Nature Refuge and Mount Beau Brummell Conservation Park.

Little Liverpool Range provides a link between Main Range National Park and the Great Eastern Ranges. The range has been identified as an important wildlife corridor, heavily vegetated and home to significant animal species including the Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Powerful Owl, Brush-tailed Rock-Wallaby and Little Pied Bat.

Conserving wildlife corridors such as the Little Liverpool Range is essential to assist in the movement of native species and increase species ability to adapt to climate change and urban encroachment.

Private land holdings within these corridors – such as those owned by the Turner Family – are essential to achieving overall conservation goals. Even when an individual property has low biodiversity values due to previous land use, its biodiversity contribution to a larger corridor may be considered very high.

The Turner Family Foundation team regularly participates in bushwalks, conservation activities and other events to support the Initiative.

Citizen Science Grant

The Little Liverpool Range extends approximately 62km to the north of the Great Dividing Range. The range is home to a variety of native species of national, state and local significance including koala, brush-tailed rock-wallaby, powerful owl, glossy black cockatoo and swamp tea tree. With large areas of intact remnant vegetation, the range also provides essential habitat connectivity to Main Range National Park and the Great Eastern Ranges.

Linking these habitats provides wildlife with important corridors for dispersal and a refuge from the threats associated with urban development and climate change. Recognising the importance of this landscape, the Little Liverpool Range Initiative (LLRI) was formed in July 2016 with a goal of ecologically preserving the range through education and coordinated management actions.

The initiative is comprised of landholder and community representatives, local councils, natural resource management groups, research institutions, and conservation organisations who work collaboratively to coordinate land management efforts at a regional scale, ensuring the natural beauty, wildlife and landscapes of the Little Liverpool Range are maintained for future generations.