Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ecology Scholars Survey Eungella; Park Has Unique Aspects

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Ecology Scholars Survey Eungella; Park Has Unique Aspects

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Shakira Sellen

shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au

A GROUP of Griffith University scholars will make their way deep into Eungella National Park next year as a part of their studies into animal and plant diversity.

Griffith University ecology Professor Roger Kitching said Eungella was home to two animals found nowhere else.

C[pounds sterling]ThereCOs a bird there, the Eungella honeyeater, and a skink only found in Eungella,C[yen] Prof Kitching said.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre proposing to set up in Eungella to survey for plants and insects.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOll be going from the bottom of the range, from the Finch Hatton Gorge area, up to Eungella plateau and up to Mt Dalrymple.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOre particularly interested in rainforests in the south-east and up in wet tropics.C[yen]

Prof Kitching said they have been liaising with Mackay Regional Council.

C[pounds sterling]WeCOve been talking to the acting CEO for some time now,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]HeCOs been talking with the council as well and we decided weCOre going to come up in March next year to establish the sites. …

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