Macleay Island planting set up to help vulnerable glossy black-cockatoo in the Redlands

RESIDENTS can help make a difference to the future of a threatened bird species by taking part in council's 16th annual glossy black-cockatoo tree planting on Sunday, October 13.

NICE TUCKER: A glossy black cockatoo feasting on casuarina seeds.

NICE TUCKER: A glossy black cockatoo feasting on casuarina seeds.

Mayor Karen Williams said all were invited to join Redlands Bushcare team for a morning on Macleay Island to help plant 600 native seedlings.

"Glossy black-cockatoos are one of the more threatened species of cockatoo in Australia, and are listed as vulnerable in Queensland," she said.

"This planting is a key action of council's active participation in the regional Glossy Black Conservancy.

"Aside from an enjoyable day out on Macleay Island, lending a hand to plant sheoak seedlings - the glossy black-cockatoo's sole source of food - can help improve the birds' habitat and prospects.

"All equipment and plants are provided and the ground is prepared with holes dug, so all people need to bring is sun protection, enclosed shoes and drinking water."

Cr Williams said the planting was the latest in ongoing efforts to provide glossy black-cockatoo feeding and habitat corridors on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands.

"These islands are a favoured habitat for these beautiful birds and provide an important corridor to their feeding areas on North Stradbroke Island," she said.

"With community support, these annual plantings have become an important way of maintaining and enhancing local habitats.

"With many hands, we'll again make light work of these conservation efforts."

Mainland residents travelling to the planting site on the island can catch the 9am ferry from Redland Bay Marina, Banana Street, Redland Bay.

A ticket or go card will be required.

When: Sunday 13 October 2019; 9.30am to 11am

Where: Rainbow Avenue, Macleay Island

Bring: Sun protection, enclosed shoes and drinking water

Register by 4pm on Thursday, October 10 by contacting 3824 8611 (to arrange transfers to

the planting site on Macleay Island).