Message from Councillor David McLachlan Chairman, Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee
Welcome to the new Regenerator, a newsletter for Brisbane City Council’s Community Conservation Partnership Programs. Following a seven year break, I’m proud to relaunch this iconic publication.
Today we are proud to have 150 Habitat Brisbane groups, 11 catchment groups and over 660 Land for Wildlife partners across the city.
The Lord Mayor continues to support projects celebrating and protecting Brisbane’s unique biodiversity with $539m dedicated to a cleaner, greener and water smart city in this financial
year. This includes accelerating Council’s Bushland Acquisition Program – 750 ha over the next four years, $5m for a new Northside Enviro Centre, $2m towards a world-class Koala Research Centre, and a commitment to enhancing the Habitat Brisbane program.
The numerous environmental and social contributions of the Community Conservation Partnership Programs, and their 5000 plus volunteers, was recently acknowledged at the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards. The programs received the Government Stewardship Award for improving local waterway health through activities such as weed and rubbish removal, revegetation and bank stabilisation.
The NEW Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre is now open!
Brisbane City Council’s Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre (KFDC) provides visitors with unique opportunities to uncover the many secrets held within one of Brisbane’s largest urban forests.
The centre features a wide range of interactive displays designed to engage and educate visitors. After entering through a grove of ‘trees’, frogs hop hurriedly away from your shadow. As you watch, their digitally projected ‘habitat’ transforms from a bright and active water hollow teeming with amphibians to a dry, cracked mud plain and then back again, mimicking the seasonal changes of the forest’s wetlands. There’s the chance to spend ‘a night out in the bush’ in a multisensory simulation that takes you through Karawatha’s journey from dusk to dawn. If you’re the adventurous type, you can literally get a bird’s eye view of Karawatha and surrounds as you soar over them in an interactive installation that lets you experience the forest as a native hawk.
KFDC also features Queensland’s first nature play space, which includes water play, climbing features, discovery trails and sculptural artworks. The outdoor classroom area offers a range of opportunities for creative learning experiences, where visitors of all ages can explore, discover and be inspired by the area’s diverse wildlife and landscapes.
As well as the interactive displays and outdoor play areas, KFDC includes sheltered picnic tables and free double-plate electric barbeques. The centre building incorporates sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting to flush toilets, and solar panels to offset energy use. It also includes a meeting room with large adjacent undercover area, perfect for use by environmental
groups for meetings and workshops.
You can also get active and creative with a range of free and low-cost activities for all ages to participate in. Activities are always changing, but include children’s Eco Drama theatre workshops, Origami and Tai Chi Qigong classes. Check the What’s on in Brisbane guide on Council’s website for details of the current offerings.
If all this inspires you to be part of the action at KFDC, then you’re in luck! We are establishing an exciting new volunteer program to lead nature walks, greet and interact with centre visitors, learn about the forest’s unique flora and fauna and help with interactive projects. You don’t need any formal qualifications to volunteer, but good social and communication skills are important. To find out more please register your interest via the online form on Council’s website or KFDC@brisbane.qld.gov.au
The centre is located at 149 Acacia Road, Karawatha, and is open 9am to 4pm every day except Mondays and public holidays (unless otherwise advertised). For more information about the facilities and activities available at KFDC, please visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Karawatha Forest Discovery Centre’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Brisbane City Council has two other environment centres, at Boondall Wetlands and Downfall Creek Bushland Reserve. Each provides opportunities for visitors to relax and play in a natural setting with family and friends while learning about the unique natural environments. To find out more visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘environment centres’.
A closer look at Karawatha Forest Park
Karawatha Forest Park is located 18 kilometres south of Brisbane’s CBD. At approximately 900 hectares in size, the park is one of the largest areas of remnant bushland within the city, and forms part of the Flinders-Karawatha Corridor. This corridor extends from the south-west of Karawatha Forest to Flinders Peak in Ipswich and beyond. The Flinders-Karawatha Corridor is
56,350 hectares in size and 60 kilometres long and is the largest remaining continuous stretch of open eucalypt forest in South East Queensland.
The size of Karawatha Forest Park and its variety of different habitats make it an important refuge for a diversity of wildlife, with over 200 different species recorded. These include significant species such as greater gliders and squirrel gliders, as well as red-necked and swamp wallabies
and eastern grey kangaroos. Hollows in older eucalypts provide nesting places for gliders, possums, bats, parrots and owls. The birdlife is the most visible in the forest, with more than 100 bird species being found. With 25 species of frogs recorded to date, Karawatha Forest has one of the highest varieties of frogs in Brisbane.
Karawatha Forest is mainly an open eucalypt ecosystem, however it also contains some of the last remaining wet heathlands and melaleuca wetlands in Brisbane. The diversity of different habitats provides niches for over 320 native plant species. These include Bailey’s stringybark
(Eucalyptus baileyana) and Planchon’s stringybark (Eucalyptus planchoniana), which are uncommon in Brisbane and grow on the forest’s sandstone outcrops.
Karawatha Forest was protected by land purchases through Brisbane City Council’s Bushland Preservation Levy and is one of Brisbane’s major natural areas. It forms an important part of achieving Council’s vision for a Clean and Green City, which includes having 40% of the city’s mainland area as natural habitat by 2031.
Innovative approaches to bushcare
Each year thousands of people across the city volunteer their time and effort to help combat weeds or put native plants in the ground on Habitat Brisbane or Catchment Group sites. But what keeps them coming back, month after month, and choosing bushcare above so many competing activities? Read how some Habitat Brisbane groups have taken innovative approaches to keep their members engaged and happy, and to help make attending bushcare working bees ‘the first choice’.
A sensory experience
Harman Reserve Bushcare Group at Manly has been developing a bush tucker nature trail as part of the bushcare restoration plan for their site. The group has just finished planting the first of at least 20 native plants with traditional Indigenous uses, such as Hibiscus heterophyllus (with edible fruit), Tetragonia teragoniodes (the leaves of which were cooked on the coals), Melastoma affine (the fruit which is sweet to eat and stains the mouth blue purple) and Citrus australasica (the native Finger Lime). The group chose these plants to provide food for wildlife, preserve Indigenous culture by growing these species, and provide a sensory experience for their volunteers. More information about Indigenous uses of our local native plants can be found in the resources section at the end of this article.
A warm welcome
Sue Jones, group leader for Gertrude Petty Place Bushcare knows how to bring a sense of community to a community group. Her warmth of welcome radiates at her working bees through her amazing sense of compassion and time for everyone who participates. The group is located in Mount Gravatt, but amazingly, every month one of its members travels two bus trips from Chapel Hill to attend the Saturday morning working bee. Yupei, in her 80’s, thinks it’s worth the trip and looks forward to a morning of ‘labouring’, as she refers to it. The bushcare group includes a diversity of people who all share a love for nature and create a genuine sense of acceptance and comfort where anyone is welcome.
Gourmet treats with a smile
Myuna Park Habitat Brisbane group’s approach is based on warm hospitality, the love of food and sharing it with like-minded people. After a hard morning’s working bee, this group head to a neighbouring home for some warm hospitality where freshly baked gourmet treats are served up on beautiful crockery. No wonder they have an average of 17 people per working bee.
Technology and social media
Several groups have adopted approaches using technology and social media, such as Teneriffe Bushcare Group at Teneriffe. They conducted time-lapse photography of their site and posted it on Facebook for all to see how their site has changed over 12 months. Fox Gully Bushcare Group at Mount Gravatt are using blog sites, Pinterest, photography workshops and the latest in flora and fauna data collation to help build awareness of how important bushcare is.
Sometimes it’s the ‘old school’ values of hard work and consistency that make a successful group. For over 20 years, the Perrin Creek and Seven Hills Bushland Rehabilitation Group’s approach of ‘no rest for the wicked’ has restored 450 metres of Perrin Creek and surrounding
bushland. The ever reliable group leader Eris and her ‘second in charge’ Kevin are (almost) always there – rain, hail or shine for the monthly working bees, and other members keep joining them. The group has a firm commitment to keeping the working bee schedule the same, therefore providing their members with consistency. They also have a lot of forethought and a logical vision for their site.
More than just weeding and planting
There are almost endless examples of other ways groups are making bushcare more than ‘just weeding and planting’. The Brighton Wetlands group is monitoring the biodiversity of their site, using spider species as indicators. The wonderfully named ‘Tuesday Tree Liberators’, at Mitchelton, have incorporated art projects into their restoration sites to attract passersby and highlight their work. The West End Greening Group conducts ‘Bushcare Crawls’, taking interested people on walking tours of their sites and other habitat projects in the area. Wishart Outlook Bushland Care Group embroiders native fauna logos on their working bee shirts to create a sense of pride and belonging in what they do.
Communication is key
Good communication is the key to many things in life, including bushcare. Whether your goal is to attract new volunteers, or simply keep the ones you have informed, then letting people know what you are doing, how you are doing it, when and why is very important. From the ‘traditional’ letter box drops and articles in the local newspaper to websites, e-newsletters and social media like
Facebook and Instagram, there are many options for groups to market themselves to their community. Catchment group websites, such as Kedron Brook Catchment Network, include information on their local bushcare groups such as location, working bee times and group leader contact details. You can also have all this information posted on Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane web pages. The more ways people can find you, the more chance they will.
Grow and flourish
Many bushcarers get involved through their love of nature and a desire to see their local patch flourish into the future. Bushcare groups also need to grow and flourish for this to happen. Some ways to help do this include pampering them with kindness and encouragement, feeding them great food, developing unique projects and a strategic vision, or offering consistency and achievable goals. If your bushcare group would like assistance in developing one of these ideas or you have another innovative approach you’d like to share, contact your local Habitat Brisbane Officer to see how they can help.
The Flora of North Stradbroke Island
(Stephens and Sharp 2009).
Weed profile – Kudzu
Kudzu (KudzuPueraria montana var. lobate) is an invasive exotic vine originating from Asia A member of the pea family (Fabaceae), it is believed to have been introduced into Australia deliberately as a potential forage legume for livestock Kudzu is ranked as one of the worst weeds in the USA, where it can grow up to 30 cm per day and causes in excess of $50 m per annum in damage.
This nightmare vine was first detected in Brisbane at Mitchelton in August 2006. Following an article in the Courier Mail, infestations were also reported in Windsor, Stafford, Clayfield and Everton Park More recently, an infestation was reported at Kuraby, on the southside of Brisbane All known sites in Brisbane have been treated and are currently under long term management by
Council, as Kudzu seed may remain viable for several years.
Kudzu has the potential of becoming a major pest in Brisbane It grows prolifically in disturbed habitats where there is full sun, such as forest edges, roadsides and abandoned farmland
Its vigorous growth can transform ecosystems through the destruction of vegetation community structure and by smothering seedlings and preventing the germination of native species.
Council’s objectives for Kudzu include:
preventing the spread into uninfested areas
eradicating small, isolated infestations
reducing the economic and environmental impacts of established infestations (should they occur)
Identification characteristics for Kudzu
Leaves – Large, alternatively arranged, compound leaves with three leaflets and borne on stalks 8-13 cm long Deciduous in winter.
Flowers and fruit – Pea-shaped flowers produced during summer Clusters contain up to 90 purple, blue, pink or violet-coloured flowers.
Roots – Thickened roots that develop into large tubers (up to 1 8 m long and 45 cm wide)
Stems – Rampant stems covered with long, yellowish-brown hairs
State declaration – Class 2
Council declaration – Class E – Early detection and eradication
Please report any suspected infestations of Kudzu immediately to email@example.com For information on this species visit Council’s online weed ID tool at www.weeds.brisbane.qld.gov.au
App review: Frogs of Australia
Produced by Ug Media. Written by Conrad Hoskin, Gordon Grigg, David Stewart and Stewart Macdonald.
Bringing together detailed descriptions and images of 238 species of described Australian frogs, plus the calls of nearly every species, this app is the most comprehensive product about Australian frogs on the market. It also has detailed FAQs, frog biology and anatomy sections, as good as any hard copy field guide.
There are two main search fields – frog family or appearance. Your location can easily be turned on to show only local frog species. Every species described has a range of stunning photographs, which is very handy because the colours and patterns of frogs can vary greatly within the same species.
The app includes recordings of calls for each species, which is very useful as frogs are often heard but not seen. The calls are easy to start, stop, fast-forward and flick between. Each call is also graphically represented so that you can ‘see’ as well as hear them. Surely it is only a matter of time before apps can identify the calling species for you. In the meantime, this is a must have app for all nature enthusiasts.
Two of the authors of this app, Gordon Grigg and Dave Stewart, are active members of one or more of Council’s Community Conservation Partnership Programs.
Size: 589 MB
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad (Android in development)
Acknowledgement: Adapted from a review by Deborah Metters in the Land for Wildlife South East Queensland newsletter, June 2015.
Where eagles glide – Angela and Chris’s story
One of life’s most satisfying experiences is the discovery of an appreciation for the Australian bush. For Angela and Chris Ellis, their property at the end of Mill Road, Pullenvale is not only an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, but has provided them the opportunity to become keen observers (and listeners) of the natural world, while taking action to create a bountiful and connected wildlife corridor.
Situated at the top of the ironically named Little Ugly Creek Catchment, and surrounded by Moggill Conservation Reserve, the Ellis’ property supports abundant wildlife. Wedge-tailed eagles regularly glide over the ridgelines, perhaps nesting in the neighbouring Upper Brookfield valley.
Squirrel gliders are occasionally heard and goannas, wallabies, and feral fox have been captured on camera. Various snake species have also been sighted, including pythons, small-eyed, red-belly black, brown, whip and brown tree snakes.
When the Ellis’ moved to their property in 2008 they encountered a sea of Lantana, pasture grasses and Balloon cotton bush, along with a seedbank of pasture weeds in the soil, a legacy of
past grazing and pineapple farming. When combined with the property’s steep slopes, erodible soils and rocky escarpments, the task ahead appeared insurmountable. It was at this point that
Angela and Chris made the decision to join Council’s Wildlife Conservation Partnership Programs, better known as Land for Wildlife (LfW).
With advice from their LfW Officer, Tony Mlynarik, Angela and Chris set about prioritising the tasks needed to restore their property. The key was devising a logical, well-structured plan, with practical and achievable goals set for different sections of the property. The surrounding conservation reserves provided an abundant source of native seed for natural regeneration, so tree planting was unnecessary.
The Ellis’ tapped into the resources available through the LfW program, borrowing tools and equipment and receiving financial help through Council’s Community Conservation Assistance funding. Angela feels the property specific advice from their Land for Wildlife Officer was especially helpful – learning to identify native plants and understanding bush restoration techniques appropriate to their property.
The exotic grasses and pasture weeds were brush cut and slashed, with the work timed before the grass seeded. Gradually, naturally regenerating native grasses and pioneer species appeared, each then tagged and identified. The Lantana was removed in stages, using the splatter gun and cut-stump techniques. These allowed the efficient treatment of large thickets of Lantana, while minimising herbicide use and retaining the existing native groundcover.
Their growing interest in wildlife inspired the Ellis’ to focus their restoration efforts on removing barriers to wildlife movement. The old barb-wire fencing was taken down, preventing entanglement and injury. Council’s Pest Management program undertook fox trapping, to reduce predation on native wildlife. And, of course, removing an ocean of near impenetrable Lantana made movement easier for native wildlife adapted to open eucalypt woodland.
As they progressed, Angela and Chris’s vision expanded to include the continuity of the forest for wildlife movement through their neighbouring properties and conservation reserves. Gaining a landscape-scale perspective on where local wildlife moved through led them to start a conversation and then an ongoing collaboration with their estate neighbours to tackle the weeds along Little Ugly Creek.
What began as a daunting prospect has unfolded to an inspiring story in bush restoration. From 2008 to 2015, the Ellis’ removed 95% of the Lantana, transitioning from the big hurdle of initial weed removal into maintenance weed control on their property.
Their efforts have revealed gullies of regenerating hoop pine and vine forest, where large cycads, epiphytes and ferns grow. They have freed up the open eucalypt woodland on the surrounding slopes and granite cliffs. When asked what they most enjoyed about where they live, Angela
replied “it is the simple pleasures of relaxing in the peace and quiet, watching the wallabies grazing nearby to the house and listening and becoming attuned to the many bird calls and sounds of wildlife around them.”
App review: Suburban and Environmental Weeds of South East Queensland
By Lucid Mobile
This free app contains descriptions and excellent photographs of over 600 weeds found in SEQ. It includes all types of weeds such as trees, shrubs, vines, herbs, succulents, aquatic and grasses.
The key is powered by Lucid technology, which is easy to use and intuitive. This helps users to quickly identify the plant in front of them. This app does not require internet access to run so can easily be referred to when you are out in the field.
As with all Lucid-based keys, you can start anywhere using any information that you know about the plant, such as basic features like its location, form (e.g. tree, shrub, vine), does it have prickles, its leaf size, leaf shape, flower colour and fruit colour.
The world of app field guides just keeps getting better and better and this one is a great starting point for learning how to use a Lucid key while identifying those pesky weeds on your property or nearby road reserve.
Size: 343 MB
Compatibility: iPhone, iPad, Android, Google play
Acknowledgement: Adapted from a review by Deborah Metters in the Land for Wildlife South East Queensland newsletter, June 2015.
What’s your nature?
What’s your nature? is possibly the largest grant program targeting creek restoration in Brisbane’s history, with funding from the Australian Government for projects totalling $2.1 million over 5 years. It is a partnership between SEQ Catchments, the Brisbane Catchments Network (and its 10 member catchment groups) Brisbane City Council, Queensland Urban Utilities and Jagera Daran Cultural Heritage Management.
Launched in 2013, What’s your nature? aims to restore sites across the city’s creek catchments and on the Brisbane River, as well as connecting the Brisbane community to their urban waterways and increasing understanding and appreciation for our natural environment.
By June 2016, restoration work will have occurred on 36 sites across Brisbane, with weed treatment along more than 10 kilometres of stream bank, covering an area of 123 hectares. A further 12.4 hectares has been revegetated with local native plants. Site selection included
a focus on areas where restoration work had previously been undertaken through other grants, but had not been maintained due to lack of ongoing funding.
Project sites are spread across the city, with work happening in conjunction with each of the city’s 10 catchment groups. There are also a number of sites along the Brisbane River corridor, including Colmslie Beach Reserve at Colmslie and ‘The Fort’ Bushland Reserve at Oxley, an
area well known for its diversity of native plants and animals.
With the help of What’s your nature?, the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (N4C) is continuing their long term work at Bowies Flat wetland on Bridgewater Creek, East
Brisbane. Likewise the Wolston and Centenary Catchments group (WaCC) are undertaking
the next stage of work at Wolston Creek Bushland Reserve, with weed removal a priority. Other
project sites include Upper Bulimba Creek at Underwood Road, Eight Mile Plains, Moggill Creek at Rafting Ground Reserve, Brookfield and Cubberla Creek at Burns Parade, Chapel Hill.
As part of the What’s your nature? initiative, Brisbane City Council is also installing more than 100 WaterSmart Street Trees around Brisbane. The trees will be planted using water sensitive
urban design principles, with stormwater being directed to and filtered by the street tree pits before entering the local waterway. As well as providing a sustainable alternative for watering the
trees, this will help reduce stormwater pollution by capturing pollutants before they enter Brisbane creeks and waterways. The first seven of these trees were planted in August 2014 outside All
Hallows School in Fortitude Valley, with a further 46 trees installed across the city so far. This project is just one example of how the partnership is working towards achieving cleaner, healthier creeks and green spaces, and shading our urban streets for the benefit of the Brisbane community.
A key aspect of What’s your nature? has been developing innovative ways to engage Brisbane residents of all ages and backgrounds and help them connect with their local waterways. So
far the project has held 93 community engagement events, with over 2300 volunteers participating. Events have included two Brisbane Catchments Network ‘Family Fun Days’ at New Farm Park, which entertained patrons of the adjacent Powerhouse farmer’s markets with native wildlife shows and live music, while spreading the message of the importance of having healthy waterways. Similarly, two ‘Landcare for Singles’ events, held along the Brisbane River at Colmslie and Saint Lucia, attracted good crowds of people through the opportunity to enjoy live music and fun activities with the added bonus of the chance to meet the partner of their dreams while planting a tree. Other engagement tools include the What’s your nature? website, which incorporates an interactive map to connect people with their local catchment group as well as other community events in their area.
With more than two years to go there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved in What’s your nature? Visit www.seqcatchments.com.au/whatsyour-nature to find out more about current and future projects and events.
26 years of bush care at Teneriffe
Teneriffe Bushland Park is a jewel in the heart of Brisbane – a three hectare gem of bushland just two kilometres from the CBD. It may only be tiny, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in history.
Most of the park was the original grounds of stately Teneriffe House, built in 1865 on a prominent ridge overlooking the Brisbane River. An early film by Australian director Charles Chauvel, The Moth of Moonbi, was partly shot in Teneriffe House and its orchard. The grounds, including the orchard, were resumed by Council as parkland in 1925, when the original property was subdivided.
During World War II, gun emplacements were set up in the park, due to its strategic location overlooking the river. The gun pits are still in evidence, as are iron rung footholds in the large Bunya pine which was used as a lookout.
In more recent times, the steep slopes of the park had become so weed-infested that only the canopy of a few remnant grey gums, tallow woods and a large Flindersia were visible – sticking up in a sea of camphor laurels and Chinese elms and surrounded by a curtain of madeira vine.
In 1990 a group of local residents, headed by Rodney Chambers and Sandra Griffiths, formed the Teneriffe Bushland Park group to ‘establish and preserve Teneriffe Park as a bushland park for the enjoyment of present and future generations…..and to provide a haven for native bird and animal life’. The group surveyed local residents to gauge support for the management of the park
as bushland. With an overwhelmingly positive response from the neighbours and support from Council, the project got underway.
The first major challenge was to remove the weed trees which had come to dominate the canopy. This was undertaken by Council’s (then) Bush Rehab unit, and despite the community consultation, generated some local controversy. A Job Skills crew of 10 unemployed young people did an amazing job of removing weeds (including countless wheelie bins of madeira vine tubers), replanting with local rainforest species, and building tracks, using some recycled porphyry that they unearthed from the bottom of the gully. Meanwhile, after training in bush regeneration, the Habitat group commenced monthly working bees. Over the ensuing 26 years the group has worked in partnership with Council to transform the park from an exotic forest
of Chinese elm and madeira vine to a diverse ecosystem of dry schlerophyl and lowland rainforest – an ecosystem once common along the reaches of the Brisbane River.
Such a long period of sustained bushcare work has produced the inevitable highs and lows. Highlights for the group have included specially designed small bird habitat plantings, a butterfly survey and workshop, and a time-lapse photographic project taken of one planting site, documenting changes over a period of 12 months. The greatest challenges were the very dry times, which saw the death of some established rainforest trees, and the brush turkeys whose population had gradually built up over time. Unfortunately the concentration of turkeys in the relatively small area destroyed the ground layer and threatened the entire ecosystem. Following a period of monitoring by an authorised Council contractor, 45 turkeys were trapped and relocated. This has allowed the park to recover and start regenerating the layer of leaf litter integral to rainforests.
Since its inception 26 years ago, Rodney has convened the Teneriffe Park Bushcare Group, organising monthly working bees, liaising with Council and the community and dealing with the vagaries of weather and wildlife. Commitment is key to Rodney’s success as a group leader, as is his ability to be flexible and adapt to changing conditions, constraints and opportunities. His recent retirement was celebrated at a morning tea overlooking the bushland at Teneriffe, where he was presented with a memento by local Councillor Vicki Howard, in recognition of his hard work and achievement. However, the bushland Rodney helped create will stand as a greater monument to his dedication, and with luck, the Teneriffe Park Bushcare
Group will enjoy another 26 years of caring for this inner city gem.
Fund your project with an Environmental Grant
Environmental Grants are available from Council each year through the Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program. The grants provide funding opportunities for environmental initiatives that promote biodiversity such as bush regeneration, fauna and flora protection and conservation, day-to-day administration costs for local practical environmental community groups, building community partnerships and networks, environmental monitoring and reporting, and ethnobiology projects.
Over the past five years Council has funded almost $800,000 for more than 100 community environmental projects. To be eligible for a grant, your group needs to be non-profit and incorporated. If your group is not incorporated, such as Habitat Brisbane groups, network with another non-profit organisation that is incorporated to sponsor your project. Numerous HB groups have carried out successful on-ground grant funded projects with the assistance from their sponsors.
Projects funded for the 2015-16 round were creek bank rehabilitation, native species seedling conservation, community native plant nursery, bush regeneration, weed partnerships project, litter clean-up and education, day-to-day operating and administration expenses, humane pest animal control and environmental monitoring projects. Visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘environmental grants’ to learn about the experiences of previous grant recipients and see all the projects that have been funded in previous rounds.
Environmental Grants 2016-17 have been announced, so now is the time to start planning. Council officers are available to assist with grant project ideas so contact your Habitat Brisbane or Creek Catchment officer. For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search for ‘environmental grants’ or to seek assistance from Council’s Program Officer for the grants program call Council on (07) 3403 8888.
Lord Mayor’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards 2016
The 2016 Lord Mayor’s Young Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards focused on Brisbane’s waterways and how we use this precious resource. With the theme of ‘Fresh water, Fresh Perspective’, primary and high school students across Brisbane were challenged to capture the unique beauty and value of water in our river city.
Entries were displayed on Council’s Facebook page and the public voted for their favourites. Finalists’ photographs are being displayed in various locations around the city and all finalists joined widely-acclaimed photographer Steve Parish on a ‘walk and talk with Steve’.
The cover image of this newsletter is by Benjamin F, of Brisbane State High School, winner of the high school category 2 – water for our future.
Dates to remember
22-28 August 2016
Keep Australia Beautiful week
What is your group doing for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful week? For more information visit
5-11 September 2016
National landcare week, incorporating Bushcares Major Day out
For more information visit www.landcare.org.au
11 September 2016
Restoring Habitats forum
Join us for a full day forum looking at the importance of corridors and linkages in urban conservation management. Save the date, invitations will be sent out soon.
9-13 October 2016
World Water Congress 2016
For the first time ever in Brisbane, come along to the WWC2016 exhibition, which is open to the
public. For more information search the web for ‘World Water Congress Exhibition 2016’.
Join the celebration with rangers from our Japanese sister wetlands Yatsu-higata and enjoy a variety of free fun-filled activities. For event details visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au Brisbane City Council