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Clementine's eucalyptus trees helping baby koalas grow

Clementine's masterplanned community space is playing its part in helping Australian wildlife thrive by providing local wildlife sanctuary, Cohunu Koala Park in Byford, access to vital baby koala feed from native eucalyptus rudis trees.

Commonly known as ‘flooded gum’, eucalyptus rudis is a native of Western Australia and can often be found in high rainfall areas along the south-west coast, near the Darling Range, and on the coastal plain. The grey to green foliage is ideal for koala feed.

Cohunu Koala Park has been collecting eucalyptus from the Clementine sales office each fortnight which is used to feed the six joeys at the animal sanctuary. The Park is now home to 18 koalas, which have an average life span of 12-15 years in captivity as opposed to only 9-12 years in the wild. The oldest koala at Cohunu Koala Park lived to a remarkable 18 years of age.

Cohunu Koala Park Owner, Nardino Sorbello, says the collection of the eucalyptus leaves is vital for the animal sanctuary that operates on 14ha of natural Australian bushland.

“Our baby koalas go through a large amount of eucalypt leaves each day, so it is important for us to constantly find new sources to sustain our colony.”

“We are very thankful of Satterley’s support in providing us with the opportunity to prune the young trees and collect the leaves.”

“Each van full helps to feed the koalas for 3 to 4 days,” added Mr. Sorbello.

When asked about the possibility of naming one of the koalas after Satterley’s Clementine estate, Mr. Sorbello said this could certainly be on the cards.

“Our dedicated team of koala nurses name all of our koalas and they have already expressed they love the name Clementine, so it could be very likely,” he said.

Satterley’s Regional Development Manager, Sandy Biagioni, said “Satterley is committed to protecting local wildlife and we are thrilled to be able to support the Cohunu Koala Park to care for their koala colony.”

Established in 1982, Cohunu Koala Park is an animal sanctuary featuring koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, emus, deer, and talking parrots. The wildlife park is open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm with admission prices ranging from $5 to $15. The Park also offers koala photos for $35pp and miniature railway rides for $6pp. Visit to find out more or call (08) 9526 2966.

Clementine is a masterplanned community located just 30 minutes from the Perth CBD in the picturesque Upper Swan Valley. Nestled between the impressive Darling Ranges and the serene bank of the Ellen Brook, Clementine offers a range of living options to suit many different lifestyle and budget needs. The first release in Stage 6 at Clementine saw 19 new lots introduced, ranging in size from 284m2 to 759m2 with prices starting from just $190,000. Contact Estate Manager, Archie Pandya on 0477 000 160 to find out more.


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