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Why rewilding

By returning key native species to the Marna Banggara project area, over time we hope to see flow-on benefits for Yorke Peninsula’s economy, its agricultural sector and the unique habitat in the region. Long-term monitoring will help us measure any changes over time and provide a clearer picture of what’s happening in the landscape.

With an emphasis on reinstating key ecological processes, this rewilding project is about building self-sustainability into the system, which will help to reduce input costs required to manage the natural and agricultural components of the district.

There is growing concern that many Australian native species are dwindling and face extinction. By utilising some of these species to deliver beneficial outcomes across our landscapes, we can also contribute to their long-term conservation and ensure they remain for future generations. This shift in focus recognises the inherent value of our native species and the beneficial role they play in supporting our economy and lifestyle.


It is expected that small native predator species like the Red-tailed Phascogale, Western Quoll and Barn Owl will benefit agriculture through the control of rabbits and house mice. Less mice will reduce crop damage and baiting costs, while controlling feral cats will reduce the occurrence of toxoplasmosis and sarcosporidiosis in the environment.


In time, it is hoped that the Peninsula's status as an ecotourism destination will flourish, with increasing tourist numbers boosting the Yorke Peninsula's economy.


It is anticipated that the reintroduction of native soil engineers, like the Brush-tailed Bettong and Southern Brown Bandicoot will restore the surrounding native vegetation by:

  • Increasing the nutrient turnover within soils, improving water infiltration and soil moisture
  • Facilitating the dispersal of mycorrhizal fungi across the landscape
  • Creating micro-habitat conditions for the germination and establishment of native plant seedlings.