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

We've got a bunch of great events listed below and some cute gliders! We hope to see you this Saturday after 9am for our monthly open day.

Thank you to everyone who is voicing concern about the future of Belmont Koala Forest. We appreciate your time signing the petition and making a submission against the proposal to clear 5.4 ha of koala habitat for an extension of facilities at the Belmont Shooting Complex.

The deadline is Tuesday 30th April. Please make your submission here. It does not need to be long or detailed. It's extremely valuable to wildlife and the community, now and into the future.
Upcoming Events
  • Sustainability Centre Open Day: Sat 4th May, 9am-12pm
    Grab a cuppa and meet other nature loving locals. Our guest speaker will be Emily Kain from the Australian Conservation Foundation (9.30am). Presentation followed by morning tea and a tour of our gardens and nursery (check out our new volunteer-built frog pond!). It's also a great opportunity to stock up on some of our special Mothers Day themed Boomerang Bags, honey and jam. We don't have EFTPoS sorry. Please bring your small change. No need to RSVP. Our Open Day guest speakers are funded by the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund. Cnr Wright St & 1358 Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale (entrance off Wright St).
  • Creek Repair Workshop: Fri 10th May, 9am-2.45pm
    Attend our stream and creek repair workshop focusing on technical design and processes. Run by Fluvial Geomorphologist Peter McAdam, it is most suited to those already involved with waterway repair and restoration. You will receive detailed technical information you can then utilise with your waterway care or catchment group. Features a nearby waterway site visit. Includes morning tea & lunch. Sponsored by the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund. Limited places, bookings essential. More details & book here.
  • Spotlighting night walk with Stefan Hattingh: Tues 14th May, 6pm
    At Whites Hill Reserve. We'll use a spotlight along with a red filter, heat sensor camera, a night vision camera and microbat monitor. Equipment funded by the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund. $20. Includes light refreshments. Places strictly limited to max of 15 to ensure a quality activity and minimal disruption. Book here.
  • Promoting Pollinators - Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar: Tue 14 May. 6.30pm.
    At Mt Gravatt Bowls Club. Free. Bookings required. Details & book your spot.
  • A tea party from your garden - growing a garden for herbal teas: Friday 17th May, 10am
    Workshop with Linda Brennan. Sponsored by BCC 'Cultivating Community Gardens' grant. Bookings essential. Details & book.
  • Photography Workshop - Aspect & Viewpoint: Sunday 19th May
    In Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve. Details & booking.
  • Tshirts reworked with Jane Milburn: Friday 24th May, 10am
    Slow clothing pioneer, upcycling advocate and author Jane Milburn is coming here to provide hands-on skills and inspiration for re-purposing surplus/pre-loved tshirts. Great for both men and women who are sick of fast fashion and ever-growing landfill. Limited places. Bookings essential. Details & book.
  • Brisbane Intrepid Landcare Mt Barney Wilderness Retreat: Fri 5 July - Sun 7 July
    Connecting young people (18 years to 30-something) who are enthusiastic to take action for Brisbane’s habitat and biodiversity. More details and register your interest.
  • DATE CLAIMER: Thursday 18th July - Gibson Island planting & clean-up.
See more events on our events page.
PROJECT UPDATE: Raymond Road Park Rehabilitation, Eight Mile Plains

The long hot dry summer is particularly noticeable at this site, which is not in the riparian zone or near other water sources. Ongoing maintenance has been extremely important. The native plants have not grown much in the dry but should flourish with the recent rains.

We were worried reduced food sources (due to dry weather) would have a negative impact on the resident Squirrel Gliders, but monitoring in March showed there are still two families of gliders (pictured) using the nest boxes. Gliders are opportunists and their diet varies depending on what is available. They can eat nectar, pollen, invertebrates, plant sap and even bird eggs.

Two of the boxes showed signs of European Honey Bees trying to start a hive, but all that's left is a little honeycomb at bottom of the box. We think the gliders ate the honeycomb, which has saved us the hard work of removing the bees from the nest boxes!

Our 3 micro-bat boxes still haven't been used, but we found a family of 7 micro-bats snuggled into a wooden best box nearby (no internal photos as micro-bats are very easily disturbed).

This 'Raymond Road Park Rehabilitation' project has been made possible by the Department of Environment and Science 'Community Sustainability Action Environmental Conservation' Grant.
Please sign the petition and make a submission
Say NO to the clearing of 5.4 hectares of bushland in the Belmont Koala Forest. These bushlands are critical habitat and form part of a vital fauna movement corridor.

1. Sign the petition!
Add your voice here.

2. Provide a submission to the government
The government is inviting submissions and the deadline is 30 April. Make a submission online here (once there, scroll to bottom of the page to see the 'Belmont Shooting Complex' link). Even a paragraph is fine and it's a quick and easy process.

Submission guidance: We have prepared this page for those who want some guidance with their submission or to view B4C's submission.


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We need more PROTECTION for this forest not more CLEARING!
Hey young Brisbane people!
Register your interest for the Mt Barney Wilderness Retreat.
More details and register your interest here.
 
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