Land for Wildlife Property Field Day - Weed control and revegetation - 2015
Land for Wildlife (LfW) members at a property at Thornton worked hard for a year and a half on removing weeds and revegetating the waterway that runs through their property. With the assistance of the LVRC LfW Landholder Assistance Program (LHAP), the LfW landholders were able to fence off the waterway, excluding stock access and plant over 1700 native plants. Through this work, the landholders aim to stabilise erosion, improve water quality, reduce weed infestation downstream, build waterway connectivity and increase the health of the ecosystem.
Over 25 people attended the beautiful field day in October 2015. We heard from Industry representatives, landholders and a revegetation specialist covering aspects of weed control and revegetation and rehabilitation. Participants were also able to view the LfW LHAP video on the projects and successes of the LfW LHAP over the previous year. The LfW landholders spoke about the specialised weed control techniques that they use on their property, particularly in relation to lantana, as well as the successes and challenges faced during the weed control and revegetation process.
After hearing from a specialised revegetation and rehabilitation expert and taking time out for afternoon tea, we explored the revegetated waterway and admired the amazing work that had been completed as well as the astounding growth of the plants over such a short period of time. A great day all around.
Land for Wildlife Rainforest Identification workshop and field walk - 2015
Renowned botanists Bill McDonald and Gwen Harding led a workshop on rainforest identification at the Ma Ma Creek Hall in September 2015. About 30 participants learnt about the features of identifying rainforest plants, with a particular focus on Dry Vine Rainforest species. Bill and Gwen showed the Land for Wildlife (LfW) members how to navigate and use the new digital version of the classic ‘Red Book’ A Field Guide to the Identification of Rainforest Plants in SEQ and Northern NSW.
After a delicious lunch provided by the Ma Ma Creek P&C, participants headed out to a local LfW member’s property where we all tried out our new plant identification skills whilst walking through some Dry Vine Rainforest.
This was a wonderful workshop enjoyed by all. Feedback included:
- ‘A wonderful well organized workshop’
- ‘What a privilege to learn from such great Botanists’
- ‘Great group of people, a fabulous day’
Predatory Animal Workshop - June 2015
The Predatory Animal Control and Pest Management Workshop was held on Saturday 27 June 2015 at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Gatton. The workshop was hosted by Lockyer Valley Regional Council in partnership with Agforce and the Department of Primary Industries and opened by Mayor Steve Jones.
Around 70 community members listened to presentations from Damien Ferguson (Agforce), Matt Gentle and Phil Sutherland (Biosecurity Queensland), Will Dobbie (DD&MRB) and Henri-Paul Blanco (LVRC) on the impact and management of wild dogs, pigs, rabbits and pest plants. There were displays and trade counters to gather more information and buy traps and other pest management hardware.
In the afternoon, professional trappers, who were only too happy to pass on their tricks and tips, held practical demonstrations of setting traps for wild dogs and pigs. Without doubt the workshop was considered a great success and there was a great deal of interest in running another workshop in the future.
Land for Wildlife Forum - May 2015
A Lockyer Valley Land for Wildlife Forum was held on 17 May 2015 at Stockyard Creek. The Forum had concurrent, all day activities for both adults and children. The event was well attended with over 130 people in attendance.
SEQ Catchments, Scenic Rim and Somerset Regional Councils supported the Forum with LfW members from the Lockyer Valley, Scenic, Somerset and Toowoomba Regional Council areas being in attendance on the day.
Topics and workshops included on the day included tracks and scats, environmental education, wildlife cartooning, fungi identification, weaving with cat’s claw and Geckoes Wildlife.
Feedback from participants included:
- “Can’t wait for the next forum!”
- “The catering was excellent! Thanks to all the speakers – excellent day! Really enjoyed it! First class!When is the next one?!”
- “I loved the whole day!”
- “The speakers were fascinating.”
- “Kids workshops looked great even for adults.”
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Connect to Your Creek Week - Wetland Photographic Workshop & Bus Tour - March 2015
Connect to your Creek Week is a regional initiative by Healthy Waterways which is run each year during March to celebrate and connect communities to their local waterways.
Throughout Connect to Your Creek Week 2015, a variety of events were held across south east Queensland to celebrate the diversity and beauty of our waterways. By connecting people with their local creek, Healthy Waterways hope to increase community stewardship to value, love and care for our waterways. Visit www.healthywaterways.org to learn more about the Healthy Waterways organisation.
Wetlands Photographic Bus Tour 29 March 2015
Over 20 people travelled from various parts of the Lockyer, Brisbane, Toowoomba and Ipswich areas to attend the Bus Tour on Sunday 29 March. The tour was led by renowned photographer Robert Ashdown (www.robertashdown.com) and supported by ecologist Rod Hobson.
The main focus of the day was to increase community awareness of the importance of wetlands and wetland communities including their role in maintaining water quality and preserving soil health through the maintenance of vegetation communities and natural filtration systems. The group visited three important Lockyer wetlands: Peachy Swamp at Ropeley, Lakes Apex and Freeman in Gatton, and Lakes Lenor and Galletly at The University of Queensland’s Gatton campus environmental precinct.
The participants were engaged in informative discussions and education about how to approach the photography of birds, the identification of species and the value of wetlands. A number of significant fauna species were seen on the day including:
- Peachy Swamp: the rare and endangered freckled duck (14 were spotted!), the pink-eared duck, little grassbird and red-kneed dotterel.
Lakes Apex and Freeman: a collection of wildlife including egrets, purple swamphens with chicks, many species of ducks, cormorants, pelicans and turtles. Striped marsh frogs were also heard calling.
Lakes Lenor and Galletly: home to many bird species, including blue-billed ducks and magpie geese, the rare and endangered Macquarie short-necked turtle which was seen in good numbers, and at least three species of dragonflies.
National Tree Day – Lake Apex, Gatton - July 2014
On 27 July 2014, 21 volunteers, including members from Friends of Lake Apex, participated in the Australia’s biggest community nature care event, National Tree Day.
National Tree day provides all Australians with an opportunity to do something positive for the environment and reconnect with nature. The 21 volunteers on Sunday, planted, mulched and watered 80 trees at Lake Apex in the Dry Rainforest Arboretum. The beautiful weather on the day provided a perfect atmosphere for getting out and connecting with nature at an important community asset in the heart of Gatton’s most visible recreation and conservation reserve.
Council contributed to the cost of buckets, trowels, gloves, plants and morning tea. Council would like to thank the volunteers on Sunday for working so hard and contributing to this important nationwide event.
Council will be looking to build on the success of this day and ask the community for ideas of how we can make National Tree day bigger and better next year.