Nerang Riverkeepers Annual Report - 2015
2015 has been a special year for the Nerang Riverkeepers, our hard work and some dollops of dogged determination has resulted in us being able to achieve some long held dreams, plans and projects in 2015, although in all honesty it must be said the majority of the outcomes would not have been possible without some special people, a bunch of great connections and the support of generous sponsors, our hard working Councillor [ Tracey Gilmore] and City of the Gold Coast whom assisted us make our dreams and plans become a solid reality.
Country Paradise Parklands
[Picture of the causeway taken from the first Biggest Planting 2012 and again in August 2015]
A quick look in the mirror of the year past and years past.
Community hours spent at Country paradise by Riverkeepers and community:
|Riverkeeper weekly work program at CPP -2015||2940hrs|
|Gold coast Biggest Tree planting -2015 [320 participants x average of 5 hours each]||1725hrs|
|2015 hours total spent on CPP projects||4665hrs|
|Total number of new plantings Country Paradise Parklands 2015 - 17000 to 20000 plants|
|Hours working on CPP projects since 2012|
|Total hours GCBTP 2013 event 160 people x 5 hours||800hrs|
|2014 GCBTP event 325 people x 5 hours||1625hrs|
|Total community hours spent at Country Paradise Parklands- 2012/2015||12428hrs|
|Total number of plant planted 2012/ 2015 - 50000 approx.|
|[These hours do not include works at Swift Park Batten Reserve]|
2012 Wetlands Country Paradise Parklands 2015
Swift Park - Riverkeepers & NAMU
Another great year at Swift Park on a long 5 year plus restoration program retreiving the riperian area from being a wall of cats claw , morning glory and numerous oter exotic weeds replanting as we went . Sadly our work on this area will be completed this year 2017 but the results speak for themselves our special thanks to the team from NAMU.
Total hours - 252. Total plant numbers 2015 - 4050
Gold Coasts Biggest Tree Planting Day 2015 – Country Paradise Parklands
|• 12300 plus tube stock planted
• 90 cu m of mulch spread
• 320 plus community participants
• 12 plus environmentally focused stalls
• Sponsorship by local businesses
• The family orientation of the event
• Live music during the day [ Leopold’s Retreat]
• No plastic water bottles
• Wildlife shows
• Free Bunning’s BBQ
• All done and dusted by 1.00 pm and pack up by 3.30 pm
Nerang Riverkeepers .......
Queensland Landcare - Community Group for 2015
Pretty awesome award and we were more than surprised at the acknowledgement , but it would not have been possible without the support of so many - volunteers / community / the resident groups of the parklands / Our Councillor- Tracey Gilmore / Bunnings / Leopold’s Retreat/ City of the Gold Coast -CMU / Regen Australia /Arthur Gorrie Correction Centre / Natura Pacific and some truly special people - Council Officer -Kris Boody - Naomi Edwards[ Superwoman] and the core Riverkeepers crew -Richard Anderson – Amie Badke –Neil Badke – Wazza and our best mate- Mickey [ purveyor of biscuits]
The Riverkeepers Nursery:
We have been hard at work down at the nursery and have had to expand its footprint to an area we through would not be required till 2017, it now houses approx 50000 tube stock, we have installed an irrigation system [ not completed but 90% usable] and a number of new benches for the 2015 year . The Nursery has also made some great connections Arthur Gorrie Correction Centre/ Regen Australia and it has enable us to share our plant stock and home base with other restoration organizations and to also given us the opportunity to support environmental groups striving to restore the Gold Coasts precious environment by supplying them with native tubestock at no cost.
Marvellous what the dedication of one dedicated individual can achieve [ Carol Anderson] with a little assistance when required , from dust bowl to a green little oasis, the gardens around the chapel are coming of age and pretty now but a little further down the track they will be spectacular.
Bugs at the Parkland:
[Ever wondered- what goes on in those green houses? -Well the Riverkeepers are part of a bio control program]
Cat’s claw creeper is currently a target for biological control!
Cat’s claw creeper is an environmental weed predominately found along waterways. It is a declared environmental weed as it smothers native vegetation and in turn can cause further impacts including channel instability issues and a decline in water quality. You may have seen it form dense mats on forest floors! The wide spread impacts calls for action, which is why with the help of Biosecurity Queensland, City of Gold Coast and SEQ Catchments, we are coordinating a biocontrol program: Bug on creepy creeper.
A leaf-mining jewel beetle Hylaeogena jureceki has been approved for field release, which are distributing across the Gold Coast area over the next three years – forming a regional approach. The tingid bug Carvalhotingis visenda and the moth Hypocosmia pyrochroma have also been released and is causing positive visible effects in some areas. We have prepared an information package to help inform and encourage community members to get involved. Please download the Bug on creepy creeper info sheet and contact us to get your own package!
New Riverkeeper Initiatives 2015:
We have been fortunate enough become engaged with Queensland Corrective Services both with the Integrated Offender Management System and a day work program from the Numinbah Correction Centre , while in the beginning we were skeptical of this venture as the year has unfolded we have come to realize what great programs these are , we have enjoyed the numerous people that have passed through our door and all have been good people with high work ethics and a boon not only to the Riverkeepers program but the parklands as a whole . Thank you Corrective Services.
With 2015 done and dusted and the 2016 year here it’s time to look to the future, we are just one or two steps from competing the five year plan we set out in 2013 as where to from here ? We have in the last 12 months done some considerable future planning that has involved a number of parties and programs and will take us right trough 2016/ to 2018 and beyond.
|• The Great Walk-stages 1 the Rotunda run -2 Abby road and Dire 3 Straights
• The horse trough [coffee creek]
• Mitigation plans to alleviate water inundation at the site
• New gardens in and around the Rotunda
• Work plans to commence on beautification of entry drives
• Improvements to the nursery
• Spreading our ever growing donated mulch pile [ I can see it from my place 2 kilometres from the Park]
So there is still plenty to do and much to be achieved and plenty of sweat to be lost and a few grey hairs to be had from working to mix overlapping element together but some great plans to guide us into the future. Cheers ...Mark T