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Friends of Crane Creek

Crane Creek local birdThe Friends of Crane Creek group (FOCC) is made up of community members who are involved in restoration and weed management within a tributary of the Nerang River, Crane Creek.  The group is a sub-group of the larger Nerang Riverkeepers group.

Crane Creek is located in a residential area close to Nerang central.  A few concerned residents of Crane Creek could see the creek was deteriorating.  Weeds and algal growth were causing a decline in the natural ecosystem and the services this provided.  This was the start of the active community group that now exists.  The group has successfully created 260 meters of urban riparian vegetation by planting more than 5000 grasses, shrubs and trees. 

Crane Creek restoration projectRiparian vegetation are the plants that grow alongside our waterways and wetlands.  This vegetation provides food and shelter to aquatic, semi-aquatic and land animals such as lizards, snakes, bats, frogs and birds.  Riparian vegetation also provides protection for waterways from erosion and pollutants. 

Friends of Crane Creek have also been involved in the SEQ Catchments Community Water Quality Monitoring Program since 2007, monitoring basic water quality parameters monthly at two sites.  Alongside this monitoring program, a series of community workshops were run to inform local residents on topics such as local frog species, local bird species, and water bugs living in the Creek.  Members of FOCC are also active members of the Wildcare Australia, who are dedicated to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation for release back into their natural habitat  group.  Crane Creek has been used as a reintroduction site for water birds who have been treated at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary hospital.

Crane Creek vegetation plantingAs a result of the community group's actions problem weeds are now managed and water quality has improved.  Improved habitat has also meant a better outcome for the many animals that call Crane Creek home.  This little group has made a big difference and welcomes new members to help them continue to do so!

 

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