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Nerang Riverkeepers Group

By volunteering in a Bushcare or Landcare group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas and make a difference to your local, natural environment.

Nerang Riverkeepers Group

What is bushcare?

The Gold Coast's beautiful natural environment allows us to enjoy a lifestyle like no other city. By volunteering in a bushcare group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas and make a difference to your local natural environment.

By joining the Nerang Riverkeepers Group you can participate in activities such as identifying and controlling weeds, identifying and encouraging native species, maintaining your site and planting native trees where required. It's also a chance to meet like-minded people and learn new skills that can be applied in your own backyard.

About the Nerang Riverkeepers Group

The Nerang Riverkeepers Group was formed in 2001 and is a dedicated bushcare group partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit under the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare program. The group's focus is on restoring degraded riparian areas by undertaking environmental weed management and planting along the Nerang River.

Site locations have included Kirkindale Pony Club, Hurst Family Park and Swift Park. The group has also contributed to revegetation works at Country Paradise Parklands. The 13.25 hectare parklands was purchased by the City of Gold Coast in 2011 as open space and is actively managed by the Nerang Country Paradise Association. The site is also home to numerous volunteer groups including a Men's Shed, Community Gardens, Healing Hooves program and the Nerang Riverkeepers Group. The group envisages this site to be a community hub for future planting days and a place for other volunteer groups to call home.

The vegetation type along the Swift Park section of Nerang River is classed as 12.3.7 (Forest Red, River Oak on alluvial). This vegetation type is characterised by the presence of the canopy tree, Forest Red Gum. This community is found on the lowest river terraces and riverbanks, and is frequently subject to flooding. The habitat is often highly weed-infested due to disturbance.

Aims

  • to restore remaining vegetation and improve the overall environmental health and water quality of the Nerang River catchment
  • to improve habitat diversity and protect the intertidal zone from erosion
  • to provide educational opportunities in 'natural  areas restoration' and strengthen community relationships
  • 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.

Group achievements

The group has contributed to the restoration of around four hectares of park land along the Nerang River through environmental weed management and planted more than 20,000 native plants. The group has also made a significant contribution to the control of the invasive weed, cats claw creeper vine, which is found at many locations along the Nerang River.

The group has also planted over 15,000 plants in the wetlands at Country Paradise in conjunction with the City's Catchment Management Unit.

Nerang Riverkeepers volunteer days are held on the second Saturday of the month from February to November.

Time: 8am - 10am
Place: Swift Park, Centurion Crescent, Nerang (occasionally alternates with Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang)
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts, pants, sunscreen, gloves, hat and some water.

For more information contact the Natural Areas Management Unit on 07 5581 1537 or namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

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