Our Riverfront Bushland
Westlake-Riverhills Bushcare Group
Green Corps Project
- Display in Library
- Tennent Street
- Balaton Street
- Riverside Parks Strategy
- Draft City Plan
- What is BWWAC?
Last Working Bee
Indigenous Linkages Project
Trees 2000 Partnership with Middle Park Primary School
BCC Regenerator Newsletter
Green Corps Project underway at Westlake
A Green Corps funded project in progress at Westlake, in Brisbane's Centenary suburbs, is an excellent example of a cooperative partnership in urban landcare. The project involves development of a walking path with boardwalks and small timber bridges, and associated bushland rehabilitation.
(See full article)
Vandalism of trees
The damage coincided with the erection of a rope swing by unknown parties. However, there was no excuse for the senseless acts of vandalism to trees, and the creation of a significant erosion hotspot.
Graffiti damage was also caused to the rock escarpment at the cave.
New subdivision fails to provide pedestrian and cycle access
With the recent completion of the subdivision works the full impacts are now evident.
Balaton Street subdivision proposal impacts on bushland park
Council is currently is deliberating upon a development application south of Balaton Street with even more severe consequences on bushland linkages and continuity of pedestrian and cycle traffic.
At Balaton Street, the developer's proposal would extend the property boundary halfway down the steep riverbank to within 4.5m of a major land slip. The slip occurred after major flooding of the river in May 1996.
Council officers have in the past steadfastly ignored the efforts of SORB and WRBG representatives since 1993 to bring to their attention the faulty planning of having the boundary below the high bank, given the known instability of these banks.
WRBG is considering further action.
Riverside Parks Strategy
Further public input in the lead up to this draft was coordinated by CRAC (Centenary Riverfront Advisory Committee) through subcommittees covering a range of topics such as bushcare, bikeways, sports, water recreation, family activities and cultural issues.
These committees have been active over the period from December through to date, and will be reporting to the CRAC General Meeting to held held at Mt Ommaney Library, Thursday, 25 March 1999.
Enquiries: Noel Wilson 3376 1412
Draft City Plan
Positive aspects include greater emphasis upon ecologically sustainable development and having defined environmental performance outcomes.
WRBG welcomes interested persons who wish to assist in reviewing the new plan.
The BWWAC provides external, community-based advice to BCC for policy development aimed at protecting, enhancing and managing Brisbane's natural environment.
BWWAC has a sister committee, the Urban Environment Advisory Committee, also comprising 14 members which concentrate on urban management issues.
BWWAC has now met several times and is currently finalising its initial work program. A key early activity will be to analyse and advise on the new draft City Plan.
Report of last Working Bee
The site of the work was previously prepared by the Green Corps project with weeding and mulching before Christmas.
This joint collaboration will provide an attractive entrance statement to the new pathway, boardwalks and bridges being built by the Green Corps team (see separate article).
This is another example of joint working between our two Centenary bushcare groups. The aim is to pool and share our equipment to obtain more effective use of the gear, now that we have a permanent use of a purpose-built trailer.
BCC Environmental Grant funding support secured by CRAC (Centenary Riverfront Advisory Committee) has enabled repairs and painting to be undertaken.
WRBG first put the trailer into action at its February working bee.
BCC Environmental Grants
Inspiration for the project came from a past visit to the site, in 1995, by the late Mr Neville Bonner who passed away in February. Mr Bonner, Jagera Elder and former Senator who passed away in February, identified the sandstone rock escarpments as having cultural significance.
Consultation has commenced with FAIRA (Foundation of Aboriginal and Islander Research Action) in order to engage with appropriate representatives of the local Aboriginal community.
The project aims to heighten awareness in the local community of Aboriginal history and culture.
Trees 2000 Partnership with Middle Park Primary School
WRBG has agreed to partner with the school by identifying suitable planting sites at the Pullen Reach riverfront bushland. WRBG will also coordinate planting bees by students and their parents in the Spring.
Mrs Rana Baguley, a teacher at MPPS, initiated the concept and obtained funding the project.
"The Regenerator" is the quarterly Habitat Brisbane newsletter which provides bushland news and stories Brisbane-wide. The Summer 1998 issue recently released features the Green Corps project at our site.
If you are not currently on the mailing list for "The Regenerator" and wish to be, please let Ed know (tel. 3376 1389).
Join our happy group of weedbusters and tree planters. Bring hat, strong shoes, sunscreen, drink, gardening gloves (if available).
Sunday, 7 March, 1999
Sunday, 18 April, 1999
Thereafter, first Sunday of the month: 8:00 - 10:00am.
Enquiries: Maree 3376 5803 (BH) Ed 3376 1389 (AH)
*Note earlier times for summer.
Publication of this newsletter was supported by the Brisbane City Councilís Environmental Grants Program.
Our Riverfront Bushland (SORB) is a Centenary Suburbs
residents' committee established as a result of a public meeting on 1 Sep
1991 held to express concern at the clearing of large tracts of remnant
SORB embraces the joint goals of:
formed the Westlake-Riverhills Bushcare Group (WRBG),
a community group operating under BCC's Bushland Care Program which supports
coummunity bushland rehabilitation activities in Brisbane. Established
since 1993, WRBG's focus at present is the bushland remnant on the eastern
flank of Pullen Reach of the Brisbane River.
Convenor: Maree Norris (3376 6906)