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An update for B4C members, supporters & catchment residents
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B4C
Working together for a healthy,
connected catchment.

Welcome to our first enewsletter for 2016


Keeping you up-to-date online
Last month we launched our new website. It's now much easier to provide you with current catchment info, events and more. We'll also be providing regular email updates.

exploring our nursery at our Open DayCome to our February Open Day!
Our first Sustainability Centre open day for the year is Saturday 6th February from 9am. We'll start with a tour of the gardens and nursery. Hear from guest speaker Jock Mackenzie of Mangrove Watch at 9.30am and then enjoy a yummy morning tea. Everyone is welcome!

Our Open Days run on the first Saturday of every month (except January).

Spring Creek & Belmont Hills Rehabilitation

B4C has been given the OK, and funding from Brisbane City Council, to rehabilitate sections of Belmont Hills & Spring Creek.
  • Over 1200 plants have just been established in key areas near Ewer St on Spring Creek.
  • We're also looking to help Belmont Hills Conservation Group, by providing a free "low shrub bird buffer" along the southern boundary of Belmont Hills.
  • We're working with the Pacific Golf Club to design a fauna-friendly access fence line from the Scrub Rd area.
Full article >>

Reducing mynas & helping our environment

We have had very strong interest from and involvement by residents in the Humane Myna Reduction Program, with some positive results. Coverage about the program in the South East Advertiser saw a further big spike in interest.

The Common Myna (also known as Indian Myna) poses big threats to our birds and arboreal mammals.

You can attend one of the information workshops on February 14 in McDowell or March 12 at Rocklea or contact us for information.
Full details & register for a workshop.

End of Year Event

Thanks to everyone who attended our Christmas party lunch. It was an excellent opportunity to thank and acknowledge our wonderful volunteers, bushcare groups and supporters. Thanks to Steve Minnikin MP (Chatsworth), Di Farmer MP (Bulimba) and Cr Krista Adams (Wishart Ward) for coming along and presenting awards.

See who the award winners were here and view all the photos from the event in the Facebook album here (kindly taken by Alan Johnson of Men's Shed Carina).
 
Pictured above L-R: Brad Pimm (Greater Brisbane Environment Award Recipient), Cr Krista Adams (Wishart Ward), Michael Petter (B4C President), Di Farmer MP (Bulimba), Steve Minnikin MP (Chatsworth) & Heather Barns (B4C Secretary).

Forum: Reducing urban nutrient pollution
into Moreton Bay

Thursday 11th February 2016. 9am-3pm
Griffith Uni EcoCentre, Nathan Campus
Limited places for industry representatives still available.

An event for those interested in: water quality management; commercial fishing; catchment management; natural resources management; health of the bay; pollution; marine environment; water sensitive urban design. Event details >>

Solar Panels at the Sustainability Centre

solar panels at Sustainability CentreWe have installed Photovoltaics at our office, as part of our fight against Climate Change.

The 5KW system and 20 solar panels, on the office at our Sustainability Centre at Carindale, are reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.

With a quarterly electricity bill between $600-$700, the cost of the instalment can be paid off within 3 years.

What is Solar?
Solar energy is a form of renewable and sustainable energy. Solar utilises the technology of photovoltaics (PV) to capture the sun’s light and convert it into electricity. This Carbon free electricity can then be used to power your business or home with the peace of mind of knowing you have reduced your environmental impact and electrical bill.

Brisbane River Corridor Projects

Queensport RocksQueensport Rocks, Metroplex Parklands & Colmslie Beach Reserve are high profile "Brisbane River Corridor" projects initiated by B4C for the Brisbane Catchments Network. They comprise areas of potentially great landscape amenity, habitat for wildlife and enhanced public natural amenity.

Funded by What's Your Nature Federal grants, Everyone's Environment grants (State), BCC Community grant and the Port of Brisbane's Qld Landcare Program (Colmslie Beach), the future looks great for the Brisbane River Corridor. We need some decent development outcomes along our river and some strategic BCC acquisition of land to make the green corridor along our river possible.

Two great events where you can get involved:
  • Clean up Australia Day event with B4C & Conservation Volunteers Australia on Tuesday 1st March, 9.30am - 11.30am at Queensport Rocks Murarrie.
  • Port of Brisbane Community Day at Colmslie Beach on Sunday 17th April 8.30am - 10.30am.

Pine Mountain Rd, Carina
B4C / QUU partnership

Rehab on Pine Mountain Rd, CarinaIn 2010, Queensland Urban Utilities partnered with us to undertake environmental works and Community Engagement as part of their wastewater and water services upgrades. This partnership has produced positive results with rehabilitation works on over 30 sites in the Greater Brisbane area. One of these is the Pine Mountain Rd, Carina project. The site consisted of in-stream works as well as a works within a tributary of Salvin Creek.

The site objectives included providing a stable and resilient flood-prone waterway site by revegetation as well as providing a diverse node of native vegetation on a junction of Salvin Creek adding to the habitat and connectivity for native wildlife.
Read more about the site objectives and challenges.

Attention budding young photographers!

photo compTo celebrate World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2016 there is a Youth Photo Contest open to 15-24 year olds. Take a picture in a wetland location between 2 February and 2 March 2016. Upload it starting 2 February for a chance to win a free flight to a wetland location anywhere in the world!
Full details and terms & conditions >>

Contact B4C if you'd like some ideas for wetland locations!

Volunteer Spotlight

We recently asked two of our volunteers a bit about themselves so you can get a better understanding of 'who' B4C is. Meet Sandy and Stan! And keep your eye for our next featured volunteers!

Cannon Hill Bushcare group


Cannon Hill BushcareLeith and Barry Bracken took the Cannon Hill Buscare group on a tour of the extensive bushcare site last month.

Leith brought some old survey maps from 1880 and aerial photos showing how the area has changed over time.

An incredible amount of work has happened at the site - clearing Lantana, Madeira vine, Singapore Daisy and other weeds. The group has replanted 100s of plants. Natural regeneration has also been successful. Thanks to all the group members over the years for their persistence and dedication. They have all contributed to changing the neglected area on Bulimba Creek back into an area that is a pleasure to explore.
More photos from the day in FB album.
 

Whites Hill Buschare Group

Brett & Rod of Whites Hill Bushcare Group
Whites Hill Bushcare Group were undertaking bushcare on 17 January. They were spraying molasses grass off Bendena Terrace.

Brett and Rod (L-R) pictured.

We look forward to updating you again soon on the activities of the various bushcare groups in the catchment.

More news & notes

Catchment locals win Lord Mayor's Green Heart Awards (Jan)
Rubbish abandoned in Belmont and Chandler (Jan)
How to build a frog pond (Jan)
Summer Nursery Update from Leigh (Dec)
Bob 'the Bee Man' gives a million native bees rescued around Brisbane a new home (Dec)
Learning about mistletoe at our December Open Day (Dec)
Stanford University Student Planting Day at the Oxbow (Nov)
Whites Hill Bushcare Planting (Nov)
Salvin Creek Community Planting Day (Nov)
Port of Brisbane Planting Day (Nov)
 
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