Spud-tacular transformation

A group of volunteers dedicated to restoring natural habitats along Slacks Creek has planted more than 2000 plants, including 500 of the endangered Maleleuca irbyana, over the last two years.

Founding member Anna Markula said it was the first community group in Queensland to trial a unique restoration method using BESE-Elements, also known as “potato mats”.

“We are currently working along a section of creek bank in Riverdale Park as part of the mangrove restoration project, and our working bees have various activities such as tree planting, weeding, and mulching in this spot,” Ms Markula said.

“Our work occurs in the Slacks Creek Catchment corridor as this is an important urban waterway that retains patches of significant habitat for wildlife such as koalas.

“Restoration work along the creek connects and creates wildlife habitat, improves the water quality of the creek which has benefits for Moreton Bay, and also provides an opportunity for locals to connect to the environment by having a diverse and healthy natural ecosystem within an urbanised area. ”

Ms Markula and fellow founding member Dan Cole previously worked on a large-scale, federal government-funded restoration project along the creek.

Ms Markula said the group formed in 2018 and wanted to continue its important restoration work.

“Since we formed, we have been successful in obtaining state government funding for two projects – one focussing on the endangered tree Melaleuca irbyana, and our current project focussing on mangrove restoration,” she said.

On Sunday 19 May from 8am-10am, the group will be out at Riverdale Park mulching the native trees they planted last month.

“People should come to a working bee as it is a great opportunity to spend time outside in nature, the spot we work on has a great view of the Logan River,” Ms Markula said.

“You can enjoy the fresh air, meet like-minded people, learn about ecology and restoration, and know that you are directly helping the environment – plus we provide a hot cup of tea and treats at the end.

“We will also have a special presentation from Native Plants QLD about bringing nature into your garden.

“There will be free native plants for volunteers to take home.”

Attendees are asked to bring a hat, long pants, covered shoes, sunscreen, water, gloves if you have them.

“Park at the very end carpark and follow the footpath north along the river, cross over the wooden bridge and we will be up on the right,” Ms Markula said.

Anyone and everyone is welcome.

RSVP [email protected].



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