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In This Issue
Thank you!
This year's highlights
Rainforest ID key
What's on in 2015
Lamington NP Centenary
Great summer holiday reading at the Piccabeen Bookshop
Check out the great range of quality second-hand books at low cost. Given the quck turnover of books, you're sure to find a book you're keen to read!

Do drop in to chat with the volunteers, find information about our Landcare  work and browse the hundreds of donated books while you're there.

Gift vouchers are available too.
The Piccabeen Bookshop is maintained entirely by volunteers and all income is returned to TM Landcare's projects.
Shop 15 / 10 Main St Nth Tamborine (behind the shops and down the laneway)

NB: bookshop closes 20 December, reopens 12 January

News Flash

 Friday 5th December 2014

Thank you! It's been a great year...
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Our thanks go to all members and supporters of Tamborine Mountain Landcare, and especially to those who volunteer their energy to our on-ground work or to Piccabeen Bookshop duties, who give financial support, or who contribute their energies in so many other practical ways. Even apparently small contributions make a big difference to our work. 


A special thank you is due to our site coordinators, to members of the Management Committee, to Damien Draper (our hard working contractor)  - and to the Rural Fire Brigade for keeping our water tanks filled and watering some of our little seedlings during the recent dry weather.   

This year's highlights 
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Grants: TM Landcare has received more than $40,000 in grants from the Scenic Rim Regional Council, Landcare Australia and SEQ Catchments. These funds, and the many hours of weeding, mulching and planting by our volunteers and our contractor, have enabled us to make great gains in our Biodiversity Corridors Regeneration Project. Our current working sites can be viewed on our updated website, Click on the map on the home page for more information on each area.


Flora Surveys: Mike Russell, Glen Leiper and other experts conducted surveys at the three Contour Road sites, Sandy Creek and a section of Tamborine National Park on Macdonnell Rd.


John Aagaard Walking Track: This track, funded by SRRC, was officially opened at a lovely ceremony in the John Dickson Conservation Park.


Manitzky Park: Local residents are actively involved in the regeneration of this new site. 


National Tree Day planting and shed opening: Landcare and community members joined together for this occasion at our newly named Landcare Centre on Hartley Rd. Funds for the ample storage shed were provided by Energex and our Piccabeen Bookshop on a site leased from the regional council, which has actively supported this development. In 2015 members will be invited to participate in a range of activities at the Centre. These include plant propagation and the development of a garden featuring plants native to our area.


Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA): This year three teams of young people have worked with TML at Ohia Court, Millet Park, Youngman Family Park and the Landcare Centre. These enthusiastic volunteers, who have a keen interest in the environment, come from countries across the globe to work with us for about a week. The most recent team, shown below, form the Landcare logo.




Piccabeen Bookshop: Our gratitude goes to the volunteers who staff the shop every week - and who organised our recent, very successful 'mega' book sale. Our organisation relies heavily on the money generated by our bookshop, which is also the public 'face' of TM Landcare.


Do remember to stock up on books for holiday reading and stocking-stuffing before the bookshop closes on Saturday 20th December. Doors open again on Monday 12th January.

Water study and monitoring: Lynn Churchill, our own teacher extraordinaire, is using funding from Landcare Australia to carry out ongoing water monitoring and study of the mountain's creeks. We thank Lynn for her continued commitment to this project and for the enthusiasm she puts in to everything she takes on, especially her work with students.


Below, local Year 7 students check the invertebrates in one of the mountain's creeks.


Rainforest ID key
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This interactive identification key and information system for over 1100 species of rainforest trees, shrubs and climbing plants of mainland eastern Australia from Rockhampton to Victoria is now available for $75. The Lucid 3.5 key uses vegetative features, fruit and flower details as well as habit, bark, family, rainforest type and geographic distribution. It allows one to key out a plant with only a relatively small amount of material such as a single leaf. The USB is based on the information in the updated "Red Book" and "Green Book" by Gwen Harden, Bill McDonald and John Williams, with photographs by Hugh Nicholson.


If you would like to buy a copy please advise Mike or Elizabeth Russell on 5545 3601 by the end of December.  

What's coming up in 2015?
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Some highlights: 

  • Funding just received from SRRC will enable us to continue work on our Corridors Regeneration Project.
  • New working bees planned for the Landcare Centre will be announced in January.
  • Our major community event will be in September, to note ten years of regeneration at Ohia Court. We will mark this significant regeneration achievement with celebrations and tours. 

Check newsflashes or contact us (details on our website) if you would like to contribute actively to these or other activities. 

A celebration of Lamington National Park's centenary
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On Sunday morning, 25th January, join the volunteers in planting 500 trees, recalling the history of the park and the contributions of the pioneer families, take part in plant identification and bush regeneration walks. Refreshments available.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the Australia Day weekend with friends or family - and with the wider family of those who care for our natural environment and our national park. 

Watch out for more details in a future newsflash.   

Best wishes for the festive season and thank you all again for your support.


Judith Roland, President, on behalf of the Management Committee   





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