In 2017, B4C received a grant from the Australian Federal Government, Department of Industry Innovation and Science for the ‘Moreton Environmental Action, Eight Mile Plains Billabongs’.
This was a three year project commencing in July 2017 and completed in June 2020.
The project involved on-ground works in three Brisbane City Council owned parklands that join and form a wildlife corridor along Bulimba Creek.
The corridor runs from Underwood Road Park at Eight Mile Plains, through Wally Tate Park to Beenleigh Road Park at Kuraby.
The enhancement and rehabilitation of all sites has occurred through revegetation and the recovery of existing native flora. Total revegetation was over 2000 native plants and a visible reduction in weeds for targeted areas. 20 nest boxes were also installed, and monitoring has shown the value of this augmented habitat.
Wally Tate Park at Kuraby was planted with 600 native plants in July 2017. It was great to have Green Army participants assisting the B4C Landcare Services team with the initial weed controls, mulching the area prior to planting and for watering the new plants. Volunteers from Deloitte undertook the planting itself. The plants were chosen to improve food and shelter for fauna including squirrel gliders.
Underwood Road Park, Eight Mile Plains (near the Gateway Motorway) in October 2017 also had weed controls, mulching and 1250 plants established, by B4C Landcare Services with assistance from Green Army. This site in particular, has shown vast improvement, with both a viable understorey and glider food species established.
Beenleigh Road Park, Kuraby (near the Gateway Motorway) has had substantial weed controls, concentrating on exotic grasses and woody weeds.
A final planting was completed in November 2019. Members from Community Living Australia planted 150 natives and then looked after the plants with weekly waterings until they were established.
Above: Volunteers from Community Living Australia undertaking the planting and post planting maintenance.
The inclusion of 20 nest boxes into the project has shown visible results. The nest box monitoring project collected 2.5 years of data, and will be instrumental in decisions B4C makes about the installation of future nest boxes. Three species were seen in this time, Squirrel Gliders, Common Brushtail Possums and Laughing Kookaburras. Squirrel Gliders were the species seen most often, taking up so many different types of boxes, particularly in the Underwood Road Park, where there are limited hollows, and plenty of glider food sources thanks to the new plantings. The Kookaburras were observed breeding in the same nest box over two seasons, a first for B4C.
Above 4 photos: Belong Community trainees monitoring a nest box, nest box containing Squirrel Gliders, B4C’s Ben installing a nest box, nest box containing Kookaburra chick.
We would like to thank the Australian Federal Government for supporting this project. The funding of long term projects allow for substantial environmental gains to be made.