This year's highlights
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, www.tamborinemtnlandcare.org.au. 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.