Cedar Creek Corridor Enhancement project boosts local rainforest
Tamborine Mountain Landcare Group, QLD
Whether flying over the dense canopy or creeping through the understory shrubs, the local critters of the Tamborine Mountain region now have new wildlife corridors to continue their journeys.
The ‘Cedar Creek Corridor Enhancement Project’ received funding through a Be Natural Landcare grant to purchase trees, plants, seedling guards and nesting boxes, all to help better support the native fauna of South East Queensland.
Once covered in beautiful natural rainforest, the creek was badly affected by the construction of school buildings. Ten years ago a group of volunteers managed to reclaim one side of the natural habitat and today Landcarers aim to reclaim the rest of the weedy land.
Preparation began with the enthusiastic support of Tamborine Mountain State High School students who participated in biodiversity presentations, planted valuable flora and learnt methods of water testing by monitoring bugs in the creek.
Overall 282 students and adult volunteers have helped plant more than 800 seedlings! The eager Landcarers have also broadened their understanding of the habitat needs of different species, water health and the eradication of invasive weeds.
From the generous work that was done a decade before, project leaders can see the benefits that have been brought to species like platypus, mullet, water dragons, bluetongues, red-bellied black snakes and carpet pythons. Possums, gliders and lorikeets will also benefit from the Be Natural Landcare grant as students were given the opportunity to install 20 fabulous nesting boxes, kindly made by the local Men’s Shed.
Over 30 enjoyable community days, the Tamborine Mountain Landcare group has successfully brought together an environmentally conscious community and, more importantly, has provided local wildlife with a better home in which to flourish. This is what being part of Landcare is all about!