Since starting in April this year on a newly cleared but degraded site on Aquarium Passage, we have made some excellent progress on the Gibson Island Rehabilitation Project.
What has been achieved:
- 2364 sqm mulched and prepared for revegetation.
- 900 sqm of area rehabilitated and revegetated.
- 831 native plants established.
- two events – clean-ups and planting days with industry and community – April and June.
- Erosion controls and sediment fencing implemented along embankment.
- Bird habitat piles retained and consolidated. Finches, wrens and small birds are using them.
What is next?
- Area A (first of three areas) has only 197 sqm of preparation and mulching to complete plus another 1000 plants to establish.
- Area B – 80 plants already established.
- Extension of a 142 sqm to east – to mulch and plant 142 native species.
- More clean-ups of site required.
B4C Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron says there are multiple benefits for a project like this.
“This project shows that in an industrial area, with environmental attributes that have been badly degraded, we can get the environment back to something of high quality, to co-exist with industry.”
There have been plenty of challenges for the site, including starting the project without a viable budget.
“It was a big challenge, but also a great opportunity, and we jumped straight in,” Wayne said.
“The area has been used for trucks to park on and that had to be stopped – not just for environmental purposes but to protect the gas pipeline. We’ve had to work with fly ash based soil, steep embankments, erosion issues and continued dumping of rubbish.”
Keep Australia Beautiful Week Clean Up
Wednesday August 22nd, 11am-12.30pm.
Gibson Island, Paringa Rd, Murarrie.
We’ll start with a morning tea and then get on to the clean-up. Wear hat, sunscreen & closed in shoes. We’ll have reusable coffee cubs and water bottles (or bring your own).
Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org / 3398 8003 to get involved.
This clean up event is sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation.