Oolong Sanctuary


Dr D'Addario

Last Committee



Oolong History

Conservation Program

Strategic Direction and Initiatives

Habitat/Remnants, Corridors and NSW Regional Plans

Farmers Changing Attitude, Conservation Problems, Tools & Initiatives

Education IN The Environment - School Program


Scientific Advisory Board


Flora Inventory

Fauna Inventory

Archaeological Sites and Findings

Statistical Model


Location Details

Contact Us




Bushfire Control

Bushfire Information

Latest Developments


This website is valuable, with information gathered through the years by the Friends of Oolong. It is here to assist visitors and students interested in our bush and wildlife. Any questions to be addressed to Gianni William D'Addario: gianni.daddario@gmail.com

The Friends of Oolong examine three major issues:
1. A detailed appreciation of the value of the bush (see the Oolong Sanctuary information) and the preservation of assemblages in danger of which the Box Gum Grassy Woodland is one.
2. Bushfire management issues to preserve our bush from going up in smoke.
3. Reforestation.

Australia is in a state of war with bushfires!

Please sign our petition here.

1. Oolong Sanctuary

Gianni's Story

Location details and map

Oolong Sanctuary has 38 Projects

A beautiful, naturally developed hollow Unfortunately there are not many left! There are no natural hollows on young trees! Trees have to be at least 100 years old to have natural hollows for wildlife to nest in. The Friends of Oolong have temporarily resolved this problem by stacking branches of woody weeds in small heaps. Birds, insects and other species nest and breed in them! See Project 31 on the Projects page.

A nocturnal bird peeks out of its hollow
We are trying our best to restore the birds' habitat through the construction, setting and monitoring of artificial nests. They are coming back but we need more volunteers to continue this program.
See Project 13 on the Projects page.

Information for schools
Our fully illustrated inventory on Fauna and Flora is a major environmental educational tool. Teachers and students in south-east NSW and the ACT can participate in the development of our program and a syllabus on education in the environment. This involves putting students in direct contact with our bush to develop awareness and concern for the environment. For details go to Education IN The Environment.

A Campus at Oolong for our volunteers!
We are developing a campus to accommodate overseas, interstate and local volunteers, the Green Army and Landcare members. Specialists involved in our projects will train volunteers.
Schools from SE NSW and the ACT will work on projects in the field and on assignments.

Vermin Patrolling and Trapping
Dr Tony Saunders, our bird specialist, in his last visit in November 2009 noticed a decline in birds at the sanctuary. We have initiated an intense program of trapping with suitable baits to attract wild cats. They apparently enjoy smoked ham and cannot resist it! So far we have trapped ten wild cats just around our buildings: two very large (a male and a female) and others of several sizes. Wild cats as we trap them are delivered to the Shire Council office in Gunning from where the RSPSA officers collect them.

We are no longer accepting donations

The Box Gum Grassy Woodlands Project The key objective of this Environmental Stewardship is to improve and maintain the quality and extent of endangered ecological communities: the Box Gum Grassy Woodlands. The remainder of Dalton Park, outside the sanctuary has been selected to be in this project, the management of which extends over 15 years.
The Fenner School of Environment and Society, ANU will be conducting independent and thorough reptile, bird, mammal and vegetation surveys on the property over 15 years. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems will investigate the relationship between native pastures, rotational grazing and biodiversity over three years.

An Aquaponics system
This project on sustainability is set on 2 ha of the farm proper by our volunteers. Visitors will be welcome to see the operation which is a corollary to the other projects on private land at Dalton Park.

Control of Serrated Tussock
We have introduced a White Dorper sheep flock to test their capacity to control this weed.

Dalton Park Hatchery
The Dalton Park landholder used to breed ostriches. To be able to support all Friends of Oolong projects he has set a hatchery managed by experts.

How valuable is our bushland?
j Click to view Oolong Sanctuary History

Dragon Fly and Pollution
"The most advanced flying machine, a masterpiece of nature, the dragonfly, but if water is polluted it is the first to disappear" G.W.D'Addario

(photo: M.Hines, Oolong)

Establishing Wildlife Corridors
The Friends of Oolong support the following plans with contributions to communities to reforest private land, and incentives to landholders.

  • The Southern Wilderness Protection Plan 2005
  • The Lachlan Action Plan of the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority
  • The Grassy Box Woodlands as Bush Heritage Anchor Region
  • The Grassy Box Woodlands Conservation Management Network
  • The State and Federal plan for a 2800 km coastal wildlife corridor.
  • The recognition of native vegetation remnants as nature reserves
To read more about these major developments click here

Habitat/remnants as nature reserves and crown roads as links on private land
To read more about this development click here and browse to "Developing wildlife corridors within private properties".

A statement by our patron

"All over the world, human activity is destroying irreplaceable habitats and causing a major crisis of species extinction. Human beings remain dependent on nature to cleanse, create and replenish air, water and soil and to capture sunlight. We are biological creatures whose need for these services of nature cannot be replaced by economic or technological activity. Therefore, at this critical stage in human development, we have to protect every ecosystem and species we possibly can if our children and their children are to have the richness of health and opportunity their forebears had. Australia's unique landscape is under heavy attack and its fragile ecosystems threatened as never before. Will Australians think beyond the deadlines dictated by economic and political pressures and opt for action that will sustain future generations? I believe they will. I acknowledge the need for research towards the understanding of habitat/remnants linked by corridors and support the Oolong Sanctuary programs and Friends of Oolong long-term commitment to conservation."
David Suzuki

Oolong Sanctuary: Gianni's Story

2. Bushfires

Since bushfire issues are vital for our bush, wildlife and people living in the bush we have decided to dedicate a whole section to it.

Information on bushfire control for all our supporters, who care for the country, and all other Landcare groups and individuals willing to make a submission.
A report with information that can be found on this website, has been widely circulated to federal ministers and agencies involved.

Bushfire Management Review


I have a dream
Responsible politicians caring for the country keeping bushfire management on the most up to date development with a strategy set by the ADF with a network of permanently located stations of air tankers for immediatelely action to suppress any bushfires air followed by parashooted forces to complete the estinguishing of any residual fire by using chemical retardants if required.The suppression at recort time and no uncontrollable bush fires left. Time is the crucial factor for success of fires suppression.
Is any politician having my dream?

Please sign our petition here.

This petition has been created to highlight the need for a potential 'royal commission' to be implemented and to completely review the failing bushfire management processes in Australia and to proclaim to all constituencies of Australia the inefficiency of the country's bushfire management methods and the need of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to take over the management of the task supported by ancillary volunteers and other agencies.


Use the busfire links on the bottom of the menu on the left.




Note: The Chinese are employing 60,000 soldiers to plant 60,000 trees in 6 million ha in an area about the size of Ireland by the end of the year.




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