Pacific Golf Club Environmental Program

Wayne Cameron (B4C Catchment Manager) & Glenn Millar (golf club volunteer) at the working bee.

The Pacific Golf Club Environmental Program is a partnership, initiated in 2016, between Pacific Golf Club, Land for Wildlife and Bulimba Creek Catchment Committee.

The objectives of the partnership are to make Pacific Golf Club a first class Environmental Asset to the Catchment and Brisbane’s Greenspace Network as well as develop a golf course more visitors will be attracted to.

B4C’s Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron says Pacific could become a world class course for environmental benefits and compatibility.

“This is the start of environmental works which have important benefits to the habitat, landscape amenity and enjoyment of the golf  course,” Wayne says.

A bushcare group has been formed and our first working bee was 13th January 2017. We encourage anyone from the community, golfers and/or nature lovers to get involved with our working bees. The next one is on Friday 10th February, 7am.

Below is further detail on the project compiled by Wayne Cameron.

ISSUES AND PROJECT WORKS

Salvinia Aquatic Weed

Biological controls introduced late in 2016. Also advice provided to alternative use of specific aquatic herbicides. Salvinia weevils introduced late in 2016, into a rampant infestation inundating lakes. Inspection 10th January, 2017 showed thriving weevil breeding and die-back of Salvinia. This control control method has to have time take affect and provide an “equilibrium” of salvinia within the aquatic system. The control method is working.

Hydraulic Report and Plan

This was earlier in 2016, and a plan is in golf course hands for a section of the creek on the Bulimba Creek entry points that is slumping and posing a major problem. A quote for works is also with the Club.pacific golf club rehabilitation

Wetland Channel Rehabilitation (near 18th tee)

This was a project site chosen outside the BCC management plan because of its landscape amenity values and also habitat potential for aquatic wildlife. A planting of specific sedges and aquatic reeds was undertaken by B4C volunteers late in 2016. Inspection on 10th January showed good growth of three out of 6 species and one partial success. The growth of the aquatic plants is good, where the most suitable species were planted and showing good growth in establishment.

Future Actions (for February)

1) Shaun O’Leary to treat exotic plants (grasses and herbaceous weeds) on sloping embankments. Couch Grass to be protected and enhanced.
2) Next Working Bee: Friday 10th February at 7am.

Forward Planning

  • Embankments to be kept weeded and Couch enhanced for good coverage.
  • Western exit of drainage (an eyesaw and steep, eroded): Use of Coir logs pinned into position half way on slope. To import soil and some mulch and planted out, covering concrete and dry subsoil areas. This will be a systematic process with coir established prior to any other actions.
  • All surrounding embankments to be revegetated with suitable erosion control plantings.

Riparian Revegetation (Bulimba Creek section near irrigation pond)

  • Preparations undertaken by B4C work crew on 10th January – 50 holes
  • Working bee 13th January with 50 trees and shrubs + 20 lomandras for erosion control
  • All trees and shrubs staked and guarded with corflute 600mm guards.

Future actions include:

  • Watering arrangements organised and volunteer support for this put in place.
  • Extension of the 150m single tree strip along the creek, at subsequent working bees.
  • Minor whipper-snipping to protect trees from mowers.
  • Second line of trees shrubs 2m from embankments in longer term.

Need for Riparian Revegetation:

  • Slumping of embankments near Pine Mountain Rd will cost a substantial amount. We do not want this to gradually continue to the north and degrade the creek and impose further difficulties for the Golf Course and maintenance team.
  • Lack of a viable riparian zone affects the creek’s functions of soil water perculation and embankment stability – no deep rooted plants – no normality in soil profiles = slumping!
  • Providing a mixed species list of trees and shrubs will increase wildlife habitat, viable fauna movement and the landscape amenity of the golf course.

This is our first report of the project and we look forward to providing more updates. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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