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An update for B4C members, supporters & catchment residents
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B4C
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connected catchment.

Sustainability Centre Open Day - with bugs!
Saturday 2nd April | 9am-11.30am


Michelle GleesonAt this Saturday's Open Day Michelle Gleeson (pictured right) is presenting on some very interesting little critters! Michelle is an Entomologist and Director of BugsEd.

Michelle loves bugs! Captivated by insects from an early age, she now devotes her time to educating people on the amazing world of all things creepy crawly. 

Insects are the most diverse and successful group of organisms on Earth. They scurry past us in the kitchen, pop up in our gardens, or are presented to us in jars by inquisitive children and yet, despite encountering them on a daily basis, most people don’t know an aphid from an antlion. Learn more about these marvelous creatures. Michelle's book "Miniature Lives" will also be available for purchase on the day.

We'll also have some insect-themed original artworks by Martine Lloyd. Martine, also a big fan of insects, was one of the artists in our "In Their Hands" art show last year. Her art will also be available for purchase.

There will be tea and coffee from 9am and Michelle's presentation starts at 9.30am, followed by a yummy morning tea. Come along for a tour of the gardens and nursery too. Find out about the latest activities at B4C and chat to our friendly team over a cuppa. Everyone is very welcome and it's a great way to connect with your catchment. The Sustainability Centre is on the corner of Wright St & 1358 Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale.
 

Whites Hill Precinct Landscape Plan

The Whites Hill Precinct Landscape plan aims to guide the recreation of wildlife corridors and habitat suitable for movement of Squirrel Gliders ‘Petaurus norfolcensis’ through the urban matrix of houses and roads.

Before the election, we sent this proposal to BCC and opposition. We received a funding commitment from Labor and an expression of interest from Cr Ian McKenzie. We look forward to being able to take it to the next stage.

Environment is the key focus of the plan, however, building and maintaining long term financial and community commitment requires identification of business opportunities and community benefits from habitat restoration.
View the plan (PDF) - prepared by Michael Fox (Project Director, Pollinator Link) and Wayne Cameron (Catchment Manager, B4C),

Myna update

Progress and interest by residents continues to grow in the Common Myna Humane Reduction Program. And so we need more cages! We've got some interested helpers about to embark on further cage construction.

Did you know that crocodiles are being used to help eradicate Mynas? Read more (ABC) and that North Sydney Council has started getting locals on board to help with the Myna problem there? Read article (Daily Telegraph)

B4C's Stefan Hattingh recently ran a Myna workshop for a Redland City Council group. The next public workshop is in Greenslopes, hosted by Norman Creek Catchment, Saturday 2nd April. Bookings essential. Free but limited places. Email normanck@bigpond.net.au.

Keep an eye on our What's On page for new workshops.

Photography Workshop - Light Work


photography workshopSunday 15 May | Photographic journey with Alan Moore
Hosted by Mt Gravatt Environment Group.

The Golden Rule is “do not shoot into the light, have the sun over your shoulder.” Time to break the Golden Rule at this workshop!

Explore the wonders of contre jour style to intensify line and form, shapes and silhouettes. This workshop books out, so don't delay! Proudly sponsored by B4C.
More details and book >>

Landcare for Singles

LFSWe had fun joining the Landcare For Singles event to help the group plant and mingle over brunch and live music.

The planting at St Lucia Esplanade Park was supported through the Brisbane City Council funded "What's Your Nature?" program. The work assists the Brisbane River Corridor project. Wildlife expert Adrian Caneris was MC for the event.

B4C film stars!

B4C youtube videoCheck out a new video featuring Bulimba Creek Catchment and the "What's Your Nature?" program. The WYN‬ program (coordinated by SEQ Catchments) works to connect the Brisbane community to their urban waterways and helps increase understanding and appreciation for our natural environment.

QUT & B4C

QUT and B4CQueensland University of Technology Service Learning students joined B4C volunteers in March to establish 150 plants on the swale at our Sustainability Centre. Most of the plants were grown by B4C volunteers. Leigh, our nursery manager, explained to the the group how the plants will provide shelter and food for small birds, lizards and other critters in the future. We greatly appreciate the help of all involved.

Our catchment says thank you for
your Clean Up Australia Day efforts!

Clean Up Australia Day at Whites Hill ReserveClean Up Australia Day inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment and that's exactly what happened on Sunday 6th March.

Clean-up sites were organised around our catchment (and Australia-wide) including at Ian Page Park in Carina, Whites Hill Reserve (pictured right), Mt Gravatt Summit, Brandon Road in Runcorn and at Hemmant Recreation Reserve.

The Mt Gravatt Environment Group was joined by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and Cr Krista Adams at their clean-up event. Read about their clean-up.

B4C in the media

"A Stretton development application is posing serious environmental risks to a Brisbane waterway, residents claim." Read full story  >> (Quest Newspapers)

Transurban volunteers helping our catchment

A team from Transurban did a great job planting at Runcorn on 15th March! The activity was part of Transurban's volunteering program and it was supervised by B4C's Stefan Hattingh. The holes were pre-dug by community service participants. 340 native plants were established in Council parkland which will provide improved habitat for wildlife in the future.

Funding for the materials, site preparation and follow-up maintenance is provided by the SEQ Catchments “What’s Your Nature?” Grant.

Enthusiasm for fermentation

fermentation workshopGuests were fascinated by the talk on and demonstration of fermented food by Roslyn and Mario Bono at our March Open Day.

Afterwards, attendees were able to enjoy a fermented food tasting.

Ros runs regular Fermentation workshops - find out more about them here.

Unfortunately, there is growing evidence that platypus numbers are declining. Wildlife Queensland urgently needs to know where they live. PlatypusWatch is a community-based program that aims to document where platypus occur so that they can develop a reliable 'snapshot' of platypus populations. This information will then be used to identify where conservation actions are needed.

In 2016, Wildlife Queensland's PlatypusWatch is committed to continuing to update Queensland's platypus distribution data by launching the first state-wide platypus distribution census since 2001: PlatyCount 2016

Some B4C team members attended a presentation by Wildlife Queensland's Matt Cecil at a Brisbane Catchments Network meeting recently. There's lots of different ways to get involved and we're keen to promote it to our catchment. Watch this space on further PlatypusWatch news.

Local bushcare groups

In our next enewsletter we'll be featuring some of the activities our member groups have been up to. If you're involved in a local bushcare/habitat group and have photos or news that you'd like to share with us, please get in touch!
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