Christine Heinonen is the owner of Baralga, a property located approximately 35km west of Ipswich. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary, and it is Christine’s intent to continue to rehabilitate habitat to better provide for local wildlife, whilst building up the property to be a Seed Production Area for the cultivation of both local provenance plant stock and endangered plant species such as the critically endangered Ormeau bottle tree (Brachychiton sp. Ormeau), endangered wedge leaf tuckeroo (Cupaniopsis shirlyana) and Queensland whitegum (Eucalyptus argophloia). Baralga is also registered with the Land for Wildlife program.
Baralga covers 2 hectares of restored native bushland that is going through regeneration and being actively revegetated, with the predominant vegetation type being open forest. The approximately 5 acre property consists of a 1 acre house block that has been landscaped, 2 acres in front with natural and assisted regeneration with revegetation in bare areas, and 2 rear acres that have been extensively revegetated except for the propagation and nursery area. Approximately 98% of revegetation on Baralga has been carried out by using local provenance plant stock.
Examples of wildlife species known to occur on the sanctuary include koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus), red-necked wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), ringtail possums (Psuedocheirus peregrinus), red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus), red-tailed black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus banksii), tawny frogmouth owls (Podargus strigoides), green tree frogs (Litoria caerulea), green striped frogs (Litoria alboguttata), striped rocket frogs (Litoria nasuta), and northern pobblebonk frogs (Limnodynastes terraereginae).