Somers koala habitat project 2021

Coolart to Cerberus Biolink

Somers Revegetation Project

It is very exciting to inform you that the community of Somers has been asked to participate in a revegetation project to help koalas on the peninsula.

The Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation group and the Mornington Peninsula Shire are working together with community groups to provide a corridor for koalas to move safely around Somers and beyond.

The project will improve the area by providing:

  • More koala food trees (manna gum, swamp gum and narrow-leaf peppermint)
  • Increased canopy cover (for protection from inclement weather and heat spells)
  • Larger habitats (to support breeding populations)
  • Local native vegetation including shrubs and ground cover (understoreys keep koalas safe from predators whilst moving between trees)

Somers residents who own properties identified as part of a safe corridor for koalas have been contacted and asked to play a very important role in the project by planting koala food trees and provenance plants on their properties (see map).

Properties within the yellow marked areas will receive free koala food trees, local native plants, ecologist advice, equipment, volunteers on the day of planting and ongoing support.

This project aims to create suitable koala habitat linking Coolart Wetlands to the west, Koala Reserve to the south and HMAS Cerberus to the east.




Map of the Somers revegetation area

The below koala vocalisations were captured between September and December 2019 using Deakin University equipment (recordings by Paola Rivera)

Corner of Sturt and Sandy Point Rd, Somers – female koala’s sickly sounding snarls/wails/screeches, followed by a male with a soft low bellow and frogs in background
Western Port Highway, Somerville – male koala bellow followed by a loud truck roaring past.  Koala heard again with vehicle sound in background drowning out the bellow, plus a ringtail possum trill in the background
Greens Bush – male koala bellowing, very loud and clear, walking along ground moves close to song meter (audio recorder)
The biolink project is using evidence based knowledge from a Deakin University koala distribution study to form its revegetation strategy across Somers.

Click to view the Victorian Government′s Bioregions and EVC benchmarks

A big THANK YOU to the Mornington Peninsula Shire, Landcare, Somers Residents Association (SRA) and Somers residents for a wonderful response and call to action. Everyone’s enthusiasm, knowledge and love for koalas and the environment has been outstanding and lovely to see.
We look forward to improving the landscape and supporting the koala population around Somers. By planting indigenous and provenance vegetation and including specific koala food trees we hope this community based revegetation project will connect the remaining patches of koala habitat in the area.
This work complements a larger biolink program across the peninsula which should help build a valuable wildlife corridor.
Take care and stay safe, Paola and Dirk

Paola Rivera
Biolink Coordinator

Dirk Jansen
President – Mornington Peninsula Koala Conservation