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Currumbin Creek Care 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.

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Currumbin Creek Care 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.

It’s also a chance to meet like-minded people and learn new skills that can be applied in your own backyard. By joining Currumbin Creek Care 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.

About Currumbin Creek Care Group

The Currumbin Creek Care Group was formed in 2008 and is a dedicated bushcare group partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit under the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program.

The group assists with the restoration of these degraded riparian areas along a 1.5 kilometre section public park known as Currumbin Creek Reach that passes through the sustainable living development known as the Ecovillage. The riparian zone has been greatly disturbed by past management practices, high nutrient run-off from surrounding cleared land, high sunlight intrusion and impacts by residential development activities. In some areas very little native vegetation remained and it was the structure of the camphor laurels that has been assisting in providing forest structure, subsequent food sources and bank stability.

More than 60 weed species were also affecting this site and the infestations ranged from severe to scattered. Some of the worst environmental weeds in terms of their impact to forest structure and health as well as the fact they are considered long-term weeds (long seed viability, resilient, hard to control, easily dispersed, labour intensive and therefore more expensive) affect this site. They included, cats claw creeper, madeira vine, trad, camphor laurel, cchna, morning glory and many more including a range of exotic grasses and ground covers.

Works undertaken by the group are enhanced by professional bush regenerators that assist with preparation for planting and follow up maintenance including the control of environmental weeds.

Aims

  • encourage active community involvement and ownership
  • encourage the germination of native species and promote growth in existing native species by controlling weeds
  • 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.

Group achievements

The group have significantly contributed to stabilising and enhancing this section of Currumbin Creek by planting approximately 11,000 native riparian species and undertaking environmental weed control works. The group were also previously successful in obtaining a grant from South East Queensland Catchments which assisted with funding towards plants, materials and follow up maintenance.

Currumbin Creek Care Group session information:

Date: Third Saturday of the month from February to November
Time: 8am - 10am
Place: Various locations between Nicholl's Crossing and Robert Neumann Park (contact prior)
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts, pants, sunscreen, hat, some water and gloves

More volunteers are always welcome. If this is your first time attending the group, please call in advance to confirm the meeting details as locations vary. If it is raining, the event will be cancelled.

For more information about joining a bushcare group, please contact the Natural Areas Management Unit on
07 5581 1537 or namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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