NSW: Sportsman Creek Wildlife Refuge - Jeff Keyes
Jeff Keyes is the owner of Sportsman Creek Wildlife Refuge, a property located in Dilkoon, approximately 25km North of Grafton, New South Wales. The sanctuary is a recognised Wildlife Refuge which is currently used as a wildlife sanctuary and for wildlife rehabilitation, education and recreation, as well as for a small sustainable rustic furniture business, which provides Jeff with a small income and educational experience.
It is Jeff's intent to continue the protection of this recovering area and to obtain a legally binding Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, which is in the final stages of approval.
The sanctuary covers 50.22 hectares primarily made up of open eucalypt woodland, with a riparian zone of dry rainforest. Vegetation species of particular note include spotted gum, red gum, swamp turpentine, narrow-leaved angophora, flooded gum and red ash, with banksias and wattles dominating the understory. Extensive flora and fauna surveys have indentified over 550 combined species to date, with 12 of these being listed as Threatened.