September 21, 2018
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Long Nosed Potaroo (*Potorous tridactylus tridactylus) discovered at Tara’s Rock Jingeri


Our partnership with SEQ Catchments, The Scenic Rim Regional Council and DDWFauna Environmental Consultants has led to an exciting discovery. In the process of conducting a fauna and flora survey on the property we discovered that we are sharing our farm with a community of Long Nosed Potaroo’s (formerly known as a ”rat kangaroo”). Listed as vulnerable under the QLD Nature Conservation Act and the Federal EPBC Act, this find has caused some excitement.

So why would this be a cause for excitement on a cattle farm I hear you ask? Well it just so happens that this little potaroo is no ordinary potaroo – it is a fungi eating one and that is a bit unusual. The thing about fungi is that it will only grow in soils that are healthy and contain suitable nutrients. The fungi is an important component of soil health as it’s biological processes help make soil nutrients more available for plants to use. So for us as farmers, fungi in the soil is really important because it is fundamental to the biological health of our soils and in making key nutrients available to our pastures.

potoroo JingeriAside from the practical though, we are just really excited to be home to a very cute and rather unusual marsupial that is currently under threat from habitat loss, urban encroachment, habitat degradation, inappropriate fire regimes and predation from animals such as the fox, dingo breeds, domestic dogs and cats. Always a sucker for the underdog, we are relishing the opportunity to help preserve some really high value habitat and range for this quirky little creature.

Our plan is to nominate the section of Jingeri where they have been found as a voluntary conservation area, so that the future of this animal can be protected. We will also formulate a strategic approach to managing this habitat area that is consistent with the approaches used in the adjacent Lamington National Park. We believe that consistency in management approaches is key and vital to producing the most ecologically sensitive outcomes for all biodiversity, particularly in the long term.

So watch this space.. we will keep you updated as this new project eventuates.

Tracy Finnegan
Tracy Finnegan
My name is Tracy Finnegan. I have recently graduated form the University of QLD with an extended major: BAppSci - Integrated Resource Management. Formerly I was an Intensive Care/Emergency Department Registered Nurse and have been involved in running our family business for the last 12 years.
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  • Simon

    Hi Tracy. A great find and great work. cheers. simon

    • Tracy Finnegan

      Hi Simon, thanks for the support a very welcome surprise. We are about to publish a formal full biodiversity survey that was done by ddwfauna and believe me the list is long with some great Rare and endangered finds. We are busy doing some intensive soil improvements at the moment using an organic approved product called Natrimin. It will improve our soil biology and carbon levels dramatically – good for everything. I will be adding a blog about that down the track. My next feature bog is about the critical importance of extensive dung beetle diversity on cattle properties. Many farmers don’t understand that the chemicals they are using for tick and parasite control are costing them dearly in healthy pastures.
      Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to look at our website, we just want to get the balanced information out there to the farmers on the ground, because most of them want to look after the environment but just don’t know how and think it is too expensive to try. We want to bust that myth and Jingeri is our template for just that. I also talk to school kids from 9-17 yrs and use examples from the farm to support what they are learning in the curriculum. They love the real world aspect of seeing the theory in practice and I get a real buzz working with kids!!
      Warm regards

  • Sibel Korhaliller

    Hi Tracy, what a truly fantastic resource. A great way to communicate about how you are actively promoting sustainable management on your farm. Cheers,

    • Tracy Finnegan

      Thanks Sibel,
      I just like to try and get postive messages out there as there is so much negative stuff in the press and media these days, that it is hard to stay hopefull that we can do better in the future.
      I just hope that I can inspire people to at least try new things and do them in ways that will cost them less in terms of farm inputs financially as well as reducing the unintended negative affects that many of our traditional farm management practices often result in.

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