Planting trees to enhance Queensland’s Warril Creek

Kuranda Envirocare, QLD

The endangered Kuranda Tree frog (Myola frog)

For the past ten years Warril Creek in Queensland has been transforming from a degraded and weedy area into a natural rainforest. This is because Kuranda Envirocare has made it their mission to educate the community and enhance biodiversity to help protect vital species that are unique to the area. With the grant provided by MobileMuster, volunteers successfully established a seedling nursery and planted around 5440 native trees.

The group learned that they could reduce weed spraying by 25% if they cleared the area before the wet season. In the first rains the exotic weeds died down to form a perfect fertiliser for the new plants. The rest of the required mulch was kindly donated by the Tablelands Regional Council to give the helpers a fighting start on their campaign.

School and TAFE students completing their Conservation and Land Management Certificates helped the volunteering group with the propagating and planting of the trees. Others contributed to the 4460 hours of hands-on effort including Conservation Volunteers Australia, Cairns business groups, touring Japanese School groups and Work for the Dole participants.

Plants were thoughtfully placed around the slopes and banks of the creek to help control future gully erosion and the local State school charitably took part in an ‘adopt’ the area program to assist with monitoring and help educate future generations.

The benefits to the habitat and surrounding area were numerous. Not only were the local community engaged, but a well developed canopy and wildlife corridor created shade in the shallows of the creek, establishing a stronger ecosystem. This was good news for endangered species including the Myola frog, Southern Cassowary bird and rare palms.

Such biodiversity is a fantastic reward for the hard work put into the project whilst tackling growing environmental issues like erosion control and water quality improvement.