Wild about our macadamias
A LARGE South-East Queensland catchment care organisation has joined the move to preserve the genetic vitality of the Gympie Region’s gourmet gift to the world, the macadamia.
SEQ Catchments Ltd has written to council seeking financial support for the Macadamia Conservation Trust and its latest “Wild About Macadamias” project.
Industry leader Ian McConachie, of Gympie firm Suncoast Gold Macadamias, is leading the field in preserving rare wild macadamia strains as a genetic resource for the industry’s future.
SEQ Catchments said the project aims to conserve wild strains of the plant and to address threats to known wild populations, many of them in the near-Gympie area.
“The Queensland nut macadamia integrifolia and the Gympie nut macadamia ternifolia, are both considered vulnerable (in the wild) and are recorded from remnant rainforest in the Gympie Region,” a spokesperson said. “Wild About Macadamias aims to conserve (them) by addressing threats, building understanding and improving protection.”
The Macadamia Conservation Trust will apply to Horticulture Australia for funding and council support would enable it to “leverage greater investment”.