Salvin Creek Corridor Success – wildlife moving safely

Refuge poles with holes drilled for insect homes.
Refuge pole. Holes drilled for insect homes.

Our urban native wildlife is unique for a capital city. Brisbane is the “Biodiverse-City” and B4C have been involved in advocating for and rehabilitating (building)  environmental corridors since the late 90’s.

Over the last few years we have addressed the issue of wildlife moving safely across roads – “Urban Permeability” in the landscape.

We can point to many successes, so let’s use Salvin Creek as a case study.

B4C’s Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron has collated the following highlights.

Salvin Creek -  Lambertia crossing (log rail & refuge poles + reveg)
Salvin Creek –  Lambertia crossing (log rail & refuge poles + reveg)

What has been achieved?

  • A solid and viable environmental corridor linking Whites Hill Reserve to Bulimba Creek Corridor. This is thanks to work of the four Habitat Brisbane Groups and B4C’s strategic plan. If our reserves are isolated, then they gradually degrade over time.
  • Acquisitions of land: Six former privately owned properties along this corridor have been purchased by Brisbane City Council with their wonderfully effective “Bushland Acquisition Fund”. B4C nominated all of them over many years.
  • The hand-over, from the State Government (under Premier Peter Beattie) of the Weekes Rd Reserve of 6ha. It was saved from development along with Oates Hill Reserve (Cnr Creek Rd/Old Cleveland Rd) – that is on Phillips Creek, but close.
  • Council support: Apart from the acquisitions, many grants and funded events have been provided by an environmentally aware and responsible local government – including grants on all six bushlands acquired and the spectacular Koala Festival in 2019. 3000 plants installed by a huge community participation. B4C has been caring for it ever since on Council’s budget.
  • Fauna Movement Solutions: A solution under Pine Mountain Rd on Salvin Creek. Log rail in culvert, refuge poles for wildlife safety, major revegetation and parkland upgrades.
Natural Log Rail under Pine Mt Rd (built by innovative contractor Habitec)
Natural Log Rail under Pine Mt Rd (built by Habitec)

What is happening now and in the near future?

  1. B4C is working on a Communities Environment Program (federal) grant on Salvin Creek – which crosses Creek Rd, Carina Heights. Weed controls are occurring now and complete revegetation of two fauna movement areas will be the result.
  2. Cr Ryan Murphy and Cr Krista Adams have accepted B4C’s fauna movement solutions infrastructure plan for the “Triangle of Death” (known for the most koala road deaths in Brisbane). They have not only supported the proposal, but also paid for the two engineering reports from their Ward funds. A thank you is just not enough!

So this tributary coming from Whites Hill Reserve – through Carina Heights, Mt Gravatt East (southern leg of creek) and into Carindale and the Bulimba Creek Corridor. It is one of the best examples of community advocacy and government action in the biodiverse city of Brisbane.

Years of hard work, collaboration and community involvement has made this possible.

We all like wildlife, even when we don’t see it normally. But we all like to know that it is being cared for and thriving close to our community and homes. It is an indicator of environmental health – and we all want that along with the natural amenity that comes with it.

Salvin Creek Overview
Fauna movement solutions at Lambertia Park.

One Comment

  1. Wayne Evans Cameron

    There is another local fauna movement solution supported by Council at Boundary Rd, Camp Hill. It links Whites Hill to the Finger Gullies Bushcare areas to the west. Also linking Bulimba and Norman Creek catchments. An excellent outcome to address roadkill of wildlife – particularly koalas. A great Bushcare Group at Finder Gullies is the instigators – well done!

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