Bulimba Creek Environment Fund

Bulimba Creek Environment FundProtecting Urban Waterways, Bushland & Wildlife

Bulimba Creek is part of Queensland’s Koala Coast and flows into the Ramsar listed Moreton Bay. The catchment is threatened by housing development, roads, powerlines and railways. Yet it still remains home to around 400 species of animals and over 1000 plant species.

The Bulimba Creek Catchment Environment Fund was established to accept tax-deductible donations in support of a community-driven commitment to deliver critical environmental outcomes through socially and ethically sensitive programs.

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Your donation can help fund a range of community environmental programs and rehabilitation projects such as:

Your donation can help fund a range of environmental, citizen science, habitat and wildlife projects.

  • Free native plants to schools, community groups and bushcare supporters.
  • School support starting greening projects, citizen science, awareness presentations.
  • Group resourcing with mapping, air photos, project plans, landscaping plans, materials.
  • Community workshops on a range of ecological and sustainability subjects.
  • Small scale habitat & landscaping to create pollinator and wildlife links across the city.
  • Community group support helping out our valued community groups.
  • Citizen Science: Involving people in designing and innovating in ecology and wildlife issues.


The highlights of our donations in 2020-2021 were dedicated to:

gliderResearch and monitoring:

  • Bird Surveys: Commissioned Birdlife Aust to undertake 3 yearly surveys on Aquarium Passage, Doboy Wetlands and the Bulimba Creek Oxbow. Habitat creation is working
  • Fauna Monitoring: Four solar Acoustic Boxes deployed at Mt Barney for on-going research
  • Photo Monitoring: Of nesting hollows, nest boxes and of wildlife in situ

Community Education:

  • Workshops: Wildlife Acoustics, Frogs, Nature Mandalas for kids.
  • Community Events and Talks: 30 Events and talks.
  • Schools: Eight schools’ presentations – Catchment Care, Ecology, environmental science.
  • Held a major open day as part of the World Science Festival.

Green Edge Program:

Conservation Support to Nature Refuges – Yamahra Creek and Mt Elliot – included excursions, landholder support, weed controls, habitat creation trials and working day trips.

Schools Greening Program:

Supported greening projects and rehabilitation at eight local schools, plus healthy food gardens at Bourketown, Southern Gulf. Teaming up with Mareefa Foundation at Upper Mt Gravatt State school.

Community Group Support:

  • Fully sponsored Yimbun/Conondale Bushcare Group
  • Support provided to Bushcare, Land for Wildlife and other groups in need of support.

Previous years projects have included:

  • Whites Hill College (Squirrel Glider Corridor). 200 plants + maintenance
  • Donations of plants and materials for on-ground works have been given to schools and other catchment groups
  • Brisbane Catchments Network Clean Up Australia Day – Queensport Rocks Park, Murarrie.  200 plants +, 20m3 mulch + 12 months maintenance.
  • Funding for QUT engineering students for water analysis research.
  • Pollinator Link trademark registration and support.
  • Water quality testing and sedimentation report for Black Swan Lake, Gold Coast.
  • Glider habitat enhancement project at Bill Hewitt Reserve, Camp Hill.
  • Yamahra Creek (Mt Barney) Moth Vine removal.
  • Gibson Island Rehabilitation Project.
  • Monthly Open Day guest speakers.
Open Day

Open Days provide direct access by the general public to experts on a variety of topics.

 

Open Days

Monthly Saturday Open Days at the B4C Sustainability Centre, sponsoring expert presenters.

Themes have included creating habitat for birds, sustainable living, native grasses, fungi, native freshwater fish and much more.

trainingEnvironmental Education & Training

  • A number of training courses and conference attendances have been funded through the Environment Fund. Site skills training for the B4C field crew in Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Training (ACDC) was completed by 10 volunteers.
  • Registration for a B4C volunteer to attend the “What’s in your Waterways” Workshop and another volunteer to attend the “Communities in Control 2014” Conference.
  • Expert guided catchment tours: Chinese delegations, Universities, International Engineers.

Defending our catchment

Environment Fund has provided support to a number of community environmental programs.

What we’d like to do with the fund over the next 12 months

  • Camphor laurel trees– Conversion from pest species to habitat for wildlife. A new innovation for improving riparian wildlife nesting hollows along waterways.
  • Expand photo monitoring and acoustic monitoring of wildlife, including threatened species.
  • Floating wetlands: Constructed at Lucinda Lake and Doboy Wetlands. Continue to innovate.
  • Initiate and support new bushcare groups with catchment sponsorship strategically.
  • Continue our support to community and school groups, including school greening plans.
  • More in-person workshops, COVID-19 permitting.
  • Support Outdoor Classroom (at our Sustainability Centre in Carindale) for young and old.
  • Wildlife Habitat Gardens: Teaming up with Pollinator Link.
  • Support citywide networking between grassroots community groups.
  • Continue support to nature refuges in strategic corridors.
  • Recovery of Bulimba Creek’s iconic rehabilitation sites.

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