Austinville Landcare Group
What is Landcare?
The Gold Coast's beautiful natural environment allows us to enjoy a lifestyle like no other city. By volunteering in a Landcare Group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas by participating in activities such as identifying and controlling weeds, identifying and encouraging native species, maintaining your site and planting native trees where required. You can actively play a part by joining the Austinville Landcare Group.
About Austinville Landcare Group
The Austinville Landcare Group was established in November 2005 and is partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit under the Beaches to Bushland, Volunteer Landcare Program. The group assists with the restoration of City of Gold Coast (City) managed Austinville Community Park and Austinville Conservation Area along the upper reaches of Mudgeeraba Creek. The group's activities consist of environmental weed control and planting native riparian species where required.
The Austinville Valley is located between Mudgeeraba and Springbrook and was previously known for banana farming but is now known for its beautiful rainforests and stunning creek lines. The group’s main focus is on the riparian areas along Mudgeeraba Creek with activities including weed control and revegetation where required.
The vegetation along these sections of Mudgeeraba Creek is classed as Regional Ecosystem type 12.3.2. This vegetation type is characterised by the presence of the canopy tree, Flooded Gum. This 'of concern' community is found in alluvial flats amongst hilly terrain, in the southern half of the city where there is more rainfall.
- encourage active community involvement and ownership
- control environmental weed species impacting the site and promote the expansion of native canopy cover
- provide learning opportunities for local landholders in “ecological restoration”
- expand the width of riparian vegetation and protect creek bank from erosion where possible through revegetation and assisted regeneration techniques
- improve and increase habitat opportunities for native wildlife
- restore and improve the structure of the existing native vegetation within the park using revegetation and assisted regeneration techniques
- strengthen relationships in the community
The group has restored and significantly improved the natural environment within Austinville Community Park through environmental weed management and planting approximately 6000 plants over approximately a hectare of land.The group have now relocated to a second site at Austinville Conservation Area. As a consolidated group they have also been very successful in applying for and receiving government grants to restore other parts of Mudgeeraba Creek, including a recent grant to rehabilitate and restore private land adjoining the creek line over a two kilometre section. The group was also successful in obtaining an Envirofund grant from Southeat Queensland Catchments that allowed them to aerial map areas of weed infestation in the Austinville Valley which showed parts of Mudgeeraba Creek having high infestations of Madeira Vine and other environmental weeds.
Working bees are on the last Sunday of the month from February to November.
Time: 8am - 10am
Place: Austinville Conservation Area, 621 Austinville Road and Austinville Community Park, Staghorn Drive. Please call to prior to confirm location.
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirt, pants, sunscreen, hat and some water. Gloves are compulsory.
For more information, please contact the Natural Areas Management Unit on 07 5581 1537 or firstname.lastname@example.org