The Maroochy Wetland Sanctuary is a 108ha parcel of land within the 5000ha Sunshine Coast Blue Heart, a collaborative initiative delivering ecological regeneration and world-leading blue carbon-farming on the Maroochy River floodplain. The incredibly biodiverse area plays host to dry eucalypt & melaleuca forests, casuarina woodlands & mangrove-hemmed salt-marshes. This flora supports a multiplicity of native fauna - mammals, birds, reptiles, marine life, fungi and invertebrates, including Australian icons like the Koala, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Shortbeaked Echidna, Flying Fox and Ringtailed Possum.
Coastal wetlands store up to 233 million tons of the world’s carbon each year, which is up to 400% more than traditional forests on a per area basis (Earth Corps, 2019), and thanks to projects like The Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy and the Sunshine Coast Blue Heart Initiative, this is quickly growing. In fact, the Sunshine Coast Council, with the support of the Queensland State Government and Australian Federal Government, is leading the way in stewardship, through its Environment and Liveability Strategy 2019. But there remain major threats faced by wetlands, including the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary.