An update for B4C members, supporters & catchment residents
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News from the catchment

Working together for a healthy,
connected catchment.
This weekend is a busy one!
Our next Sustainability Centre Open Day is this Saturday 5th March from 9am. There will be a presentation on Fermented Food at 9.30am and then enjoy a yummy morning tea. Take a tour of the gardens and nursery.
This Sunday 6th March is Clean Up Australia Day! Check out the clean-up sites in our catchment and register for one near you. These events and more below!

Fauna Nest Box monitoring

B4C has sponsored a fauna nest box monitoring program in the area. Mike Fox of Mt Gravatt Environment Group is undertaking the monitoring with cameras and equipment from a BCC Environment Grant.

Monitoring and maintaining nest boxes ensures effectiveness in providing refuge and breeding sites for native birds & arboreal mammals.

Catchment Manager Wayne Cameron says he’s particularly pleased that the boxes set up at the B4C fauna crossing point at Pine Mountain Rd (Salvin Creek) have four squirrel gliders and a possum in them.

“The program will be on-going and we are seeking nest box modifications to prevent the invasive and destructive Common Myna from taking over,” Wayne says.

Myna update

We've had continued strong interest from and involvement by residents in the Myna Humane Reduction Program, with positive results. Coverage of the program in the South East Advertiser saw a further spike in interest. B4C's Stefan Hattingh will also be speaking on Mynas at a Redland City Council event.

The Common Myna (also known as the Indian Myna) is a big threat to our birds and arboreal mammals.

The March 12th Rocklea workshop is BOOKED OUT. Join the waiting list. The next workshop is in Greenslopes, hosted by Norman Creek Catchment, Saturday April 2nd. Bookings essential. Email

Sustainability Centre Open Day - with Fermented Food!
Saturday 5th March | 9am-11.30am

Fermented foodAt our March Open Day Roslyn Bono will give a presentation (with a tasting too!) on Fermented Food at 9.30am. Roslyn is regularly educating people on the health benefits of fermentation and great recipes.

Come along for a tour of the gardens and nursery too. Find out about the latest activities at B4C and chat to the 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.

Clean Up Australia Day in our catchment
Sunday 6th March

Clean Up Australia Day
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. They can also be a great way to get out into the fresh air and mix with other locals.

Make sure you wear a hat, sunscreen and closed in shoes. Bring a bottle of water. Some of the clean-ups provide a morning tea of some sort too!

Select a site and register! Find more by entering a suburb or postcode on the Clean Up Australia site.

Landcare for Singles
Saturday 19th March, 8am-11am

Brunch | Coffee | Live Music | St Lucia Esplanade Park, next to UQ.
Landcare for SinglesLooking for that special someone but want to weed out those who don't care about the environment? Or maybe you just want a fun and friendly morning planting trees with like-minded people? Enjoy a native tree planting at St Lucia Esplanade Park with free brunch, coffee, live music and other activities.

Book online >> (free)

This event is supported through funding from Brisbane City Council and the What’s your nature? initiative.

Wetlands in focus

The guest speaker at our February Open Day was Jock Mackenzie (pictured below) Director of MangroveWatch based at TropWATER, James Cook University.

Jock provided some fascinating and important information regarding the role of and challenges to our wetlands. He discussed the impacts that sea level rising and human activities have on our wetlands. "We don't manage change very well as a human population" Jock said. He also said that some of the existing laws to protect our wetlands are problematic as they are either not followed or are too much of a blanket approach. He provided an excellent local focus with data and images relating to Bulimba and Tingalpa Creeks.

Jock Mackenzie

Apanie Wood from SEQ Catchments also spoke to the group encouraging the community to submit photos of salt marshes at to help with awareness-raising and promotion of salt marshes.

It was another great way for us to celebrate World Wetlands Day! You may also want to check out the resource WetlandInfo - a new Queensland Government website.

Corporate Clean-Up

We partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia to host a corporate clean-up this week. It was held around Lytton Road, near the Oxbow. It also included a clear-up near the Hemmant Flying Fox colony at Aquarium Passage.

The group, representing various corporations, collected over 800kg of rubbish including car tyres, car parts, traffic light and bottles etc.

Reducing urban nutrient pollution into Moreton Bay

nutrient pollution forumOn Thursday 11th February, thanks to a Brisbane Airport Corporation Community Grant, Brisbane Catchments Network held a forum at Griffith Uni EcoCentre.
The event was aimed at developing an integrated research and management approach to reduce urban nutrient pollution in Moreton Bay. Participants were from from industry, research institutions, government and the broader community. View the key presentations from the event >>

Call for action on Squirrel Glider Plan

Quest article
We received coverage in the South East Advertiser & Southern Star this week regarding the recommendations of the Squirrel Glider Corridor Action Plan. 

Read the article on the Quest Newspapers website >>

Alex's internship

Alex giving us his presentationWe've had the pleasure of Alexander Vanek working here with us through his internship that forms part of his study of Environmental Management at The University of Queensland.

Alex worked on a number of locations and his main project focused on Brisbane City Council bushland reserve sites. He also undertook a range of tasks at our Sustainability Centre including solar panel studies and some chook care!

Last week, he gave his final presentation on his work here and subsequent report that we'll be able to further utilise. We were also very pleased to hear from his presentation that Alex enjoyed the close-knit community of B4C!

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