By Wayne Cameron, B4C Catchment Manager.
There are many potential projects on our Brisbane waterways, and catchment groups are constantly looking at funding opportunities to initiate them.
Late in 2019 the Federal “Communities Environment Program” grant approvals were announced, with B4C having some success. B4C either compiled or supported others to apply for these grants across three Federal Electorates that are all within the Bulimba Creek Catchment – Griffith, Moreton and Bonner.
The projects are costed and scoped plans to rehabilitate strategic waterway or bushland areas, mostly on public owned lands.
The issues considered most important were: nature conservation, waterway health (water quality, weed controls, pollution suppression), biodiversity, fauna movement solutions, wildlife corridors and habitat creation.
What we can expect to achieve with the these projects
- Yimbun and Conondale Parks at Sunnybank / Eight Mile Plains. Our first projects there in 20 years. Park plans are all approved and sections designated to increase and rehabilitate riparian corridors is at hand. Weed controls also and the big outcome a new B4C sponsored Bushcare Group formed up with the wonderful Ray Ison taking leadership. First working bee Sunday 16th February.
- Coorparoo Finger Gullies Bushcare Group supported by B4C in their application. This will be a fauna movement solution type revegetation program linking Bulimba and Norman Creek catchments and supporting wildlife moving in and out of Whites Hill. An active and dedicated group of people in the Council supported Bushcare Group will receive full support from B4C.
- Salvin Creek Fauna Movement Solution. This lies within the “Triangle of Death” for koalas. More koalas killed or rescued here than anywhere else in Brisbane. Creek Rd Carina Heights to Pine Mt Rd. Revegetation near fauna underpassing. Support for Friends of Salvin Creek and Wisteria Park Bushcare Groups and Council is adding something special – constructed fauna movement infrastructure to two culverts within the area after providing a citywide habitat and park outcome in Lambertia Park in 2019. Value adding once again to something special.
- Bill Hewitt Park (opp. Whites Hill College, Camp Hill). This is an oval that the community saved from an asset sale a few years back. We had a win for saving greenspace, and ever since we have worked to make it a special environmental and recreation area for the city. Now we can continue our environmental corridor, which we are establishing between Whites Hill and Oates Hill (cnr Creek and Old Cleveland Rds, Carindale). The outcome will be special and adds to a great B4C / Whites Hill College program of revegetation of the school oval and two Council grants along the corridor of Phillips Creek.
- BMX area at Kiawanna Park, Tingalpa. A recreation area and waterway with much neglect of bushland and no protection for waterway. We will work with the young BMX group to provide amenity and awareness along with waterway rehabilitation. Reaching out to the recreation sector.
- Mt Petrie Rd Fauna Movement Solution. An area within Mt Petrie Reserve and bordering the Gateway constructed fauna underpass linking Mt Petrie and Belmont Hills. Revegetation in a degraded area leading up to the underpass. Working closely with Council to make the area a safe movement corridor for wildlife.
B4C is pleased to have the grants impacting across many suburbs and communities. We feel privileged to be able to provide this service. These grants are not in the form of hand-outs to the community, they are projects that are scoped and costed and take a lot of in-kind work to implement. The funding provides the implementation potential and essential budget.
We have plenty to bring to the table and many hours of work in front of us. We believe the Communities Environment Program is a shot in the arm to catchment management and community participation and are grateful to be a part of it.