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Catching Up

In the Brisbane and Moreton region

NEWSLETTER APRIL 2013


LOCAL NEWS and EVENTS
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CONSERVATION GROUPS FORM LANDSCAPE HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS


Moggill Creek Catchment Group (MCCG) and Pullen Pullen Catchment Group are working together to restore priority species in their respective upper catchments supported by SEQ Catchments Landscape Health program. Priority species targeted include the Koala, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Red Goshawk, Black-breasted Button Quail and many others.

Located west of Brisbane, between the southern tip of the DAguilar Range and the Lower Brisbane River, these neighbouring groups are providing support, expertise and funding to private landholders and Land for Wildlife participants to help them combat the encroachment of some of the states most notorious weeds: the insidious Cats Claw Creeper and Madeira Vine and the ubiquitous Lantana. Coming freshly armed with knowledge, skills and tactics gained from SEQ Catchments and Brisbane City Council Restoring Habitats workshops, the groups are helping landholders to maintain the momentum developed from previous weed control projects. The project follows the Weeds of National Significant (WONS) blueprint to target known weeds in sensitive areas such as creeks and those places beside protected or sensitive areas. Utilising assistance through Brisbane Catchment Networks Youth Mentoring Program, the catchment groups are supervising contactors to do the initial, hard treatment in the larger areas of infestations and in areas which are hard to access. Then, tapping into their skills gained by the workshop above, landholders will undertake follow-up weed control and restoration plantings. The ingredients are simple: good strategic planning, leadership and resourcing by the groups and landholder effort and commitment. Following this recipe the outcome will be the control of some of our most invasive weeds and a rebalance of the landscape with the return of our valuable fauna and flora. The next edition of this newsletter will focus on another Landscape Health project in Brisbane, run by the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee and centred on the beautiful Tingalpa Wetlands. Cats Claw Creeper For further information, please contact Louise Orr on 0439 024 400 or at lorr@seqcatchments.com.au.

BCC Land for Wildlife Officer Tony Mlynarik, and local Pullenvale landholder Sue McGruer

Local landholder and MCCG project coordinator Gordon Grigg

MANAGING HORSES ON SMALL ACREAGE


Recreational horse ownership is one of the fastest growing land uses in South East Queensland. Many of our peri-urban and urban spaces are small acreage properties that graze horses. Horse owners who do not come from a rural or farming background often view their paddock as just somewhere to keep their horse. Pasture can then become overgrazed and degraded, with disheartened and confused horse owners wondering what happened to the once lush paddock they turned their horse out into - and why their feed and vet bills keep rising. Keeping horses in good condition means keeping pasture in good condition. SEQ Catchments, with the help of some of the best horse experts around, is trying to take the confusion out of managing horses on small acreage properties, helping horse owners to keep their horses healthier through implementing better pasture and property management. Healthy pasture not only means horses, it also means healthy soils and waterways, and that benefits local wildlife too. This is where people like Greg and Leanne Currey come into the story. In 2009, Greg and Leanne bought their beautiful grazing property on the banks of the North Pine River. Previous mismanagement had left the property overgrazed and degraded. After the 2011 flood event, the Curreys were very disheartened - most of their fencing was washed away and despite having 16 acres of grazing land for their horses, they were still buying horse feed and wondering why their grass wasnt growing. Damien OSullivan presenting at the Dayboro Managing horse on small acreage workshop. In early 2011, the Curreys approached SEQ Catchments for advice, joined the Land for Wildlife program, and attended a Jane Myers Horse Property Management Planning Workshop hosted by SEQ Catchments. They havent looked back. In 2011, the Curreys began: implementing the central point watering system; fencing their paddocks into a rotational grazing system; installing an off-stream watering point; and excluding their horses from creek and wetland areas.

The Curreys now graze their ten horses on only 12.5 acres, with considerably reduced feed bills. Their paddocks are now a diverse mix of native and introduced grasses and their wetland areas are thriving with plants, birds and other wildlife. As a result, Leanne has a newfound interest and passion for the local wildlife . Pleased with the results, the Currys agreed to host SEQ Catchments Horse Management Workshops on their property and demonstrate sustainable grazing to other horse owners. The first workshop, attended by over 50 interested horse owners from Dayboro, Samford, featured a presentation by Damien OSullivan on pasture identification and management. Damien brought over 20 years experience in pasture management - as well as a massive sack full of weeds and grasses! With Damiens informative and engaging presentation fresh in their minds, over 30 of the participants came back to the Curreys to undertake a planning workshop for their own properties. These horse owners are now thinking about pasture and property management in a different way and have begun to implement the often small changes that will enable them to improve the health of their horse, their pastures, and their local environment. If you would like to know more about sustainable grazing on small acreage properties please call Louise Orr on 0439 024 400 or email lorr@seqcatchments.com.au.

Join us at the next Managing horses on small acreage workshop Southside Pony Club, Morningside, Saturday 11 May 2013, 9am - 1pm visit the SEQ Catchments Events calendar for more details http://www.seqcatchments.com.au/events.html

RESOURCES - GRANTS - EVENTS


New Fact Sheet on Indigenous Heritage
An aboriginal Cultural Heritage factsheet is now available on the SEQ Catchments web site which may be of use to landholders: http://www.seqcatchments.com.au/resources-fact-sheets.html

Building Resilience in Biodiversity: Ecology, Social and Economic Forum, Sat24 August 2013
Restoring and managing biodiversity for the long term future and resilience in the South East Queensland region Venue: Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, Pullenvale, Qld 4069 Keynote speaker: Rick Burnett, Keep Australia Beautiful, Queensland Contact details: www.theca.asn.au Ph: (07) 3878 5088, Email theca@hotkey.net.au

SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium Newsletter


The newsletter provides a synopsis of the projects currently underway, reviews of recent publications and interesting articles of fire and biodiversity related topics by various authors. If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newsletter please email the Coordinator: CWelden@seqcatchments.com.au or visit the website at: http://www.fireandbiodiversity.org.au/

New Landcare Resource Kit


The recently developed online Resource Kit for Landcare groups in South East Queensland is a one -stop shop to help keep groups like yours equipped with the best available information on a range of topics, including management, funding and attracting and retaining volunteers. www.seqcatchments.com.au/resource-kit-for-landcare.html

Short Film Competition


SEQ Catchments is this year sponsoring the Youth 3 Minute Short Film category of the Visioning the Outdoors Short Film Competition. This competition is a celebration of the power of outdoor recreation activities to enrich peoples lives. Filmmakers are invited to create their vision of outdoor activity and nature that is inspiring and creative. For more information visit http://www.visioningtheoutdoors.com / . Entries close 21 June 2013

Vegetation management changes to support new agricultural areas


Key reforms proposed under the Vegetation Management Framework Amendment Bill 2013 include: The introduction of new clearing purposes under the Act for high -value agriculture and environmental works The removal of regrowth regulations on freehold and indigenous land, but the retention of controls on regrowth control on leasehold land and in reef watercourses New provisions to allow for the creation of self -assessable codes for routine management activities The creation of simplified state-wide vegetation maps to clearly define areas where regulations will apply The removal of the guide to sentencing under the existing Vegetation Management Act to ensure more consistent and equitable penalties in cases of inappropriate clearing For more information visit: http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/en/work -of-committees/committees/SDIIC/inquiries/ current-inquiries/10-VegetatationMgmtFramewk

Fireweed Best Practise Management Guide


Fireweed is one of the worst weeds of coastal pastures in south eastern Australia. When consumed it can cause liver damage and occasionally death in livestock, particularly cattle and horses. Fireweed is highly invasive due to its numerous wind-borne seeds. Learn to recognise fireweed and pull out plants by hand in new and small infestations when they are young and before they flower and set seed. Slashing can worsen the fireweed problem. http://www.une.edu.au/ers/weeds/documents/fireweed/fireweed -bpm-lr.pdf The link below is also a good resources centre for all aspects of the Fireweed http://www.une.edu.au/ers/weeds/fireweed-pubs.php

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Catchment Network Groups


Brisbane and Moreton Region

Bayside Creeks Catchment Group 07 3893 2332 0419 726 543

info@baysidecreeks.org.au

www.baysidecreeks.org.au

Bribie Island Environmental Protection biepa.mail@gmail.com Association (BIEPA) 07 3410 0757 0400 627 477 Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) Cubberla-Witton Catchments Network 07 3878 4581 0407 583 441 Kedron Brook Catchment Network (Inc.) Moggill Creek Catchment Group 07 3374 4240 Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious Environmental Protection Association (MEPA) 07 3289 0093 Northern Catchments Network 07 3407 0865 Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (N4C) 07 3324 8307 Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA) 07 3278 2899 Pine Rivers Catchment Association (PRCA) 07 3325 1577 Pullen Pullen Catchments Group Pumicestone Region Catchment Coordination Association (PRCCA) 07 3888 8209 Redcliffe Environmental Forum Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) 0423 763 361 Wolston and Centenary Catchments (WaCC) 07 3178 9816 b4c@bulimbacreek.org.au

www.biepa.org

www.bulimbacreek.org.au

cwcn1@bigpond.com

www.cubberlawitton.org

enquiries@kedronbrook.org.au mccgsecretary@live.com.au askmepa@yahoo.com.au

www.kedronbrook.org.au www.moggillcreek.org www.gloriousnebo.org.au

donna.edwards@brisbane.qld.gov.au normanck@bigpond.net.au

www.northerncatchmentsnetwork.org.au www.n4c.org.au

occa@flatrate.net.au

www.oxleycreekcatchment.org.au

catchmentcoordinator@prca.org.au

www.prca.org.au

contactus@pullenpullencatchment.org.au prcca@bigpond.com

www.pullenpullencatchment.org.au www.prcca.caloundra.qld.gov.au

peter@redenvironforum.org.au info@saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au info@wacc.org.au

www.redenviroforum.org.au www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au www.wacc.org.au

Louise Orr
Community Partnerships Manager | Brisbane and Moreton region E: lorr@seqcatchments.com.au M: 0439 024 400 www.seqcatchments.com.au

For changes to Catchment Network Groups contact:

Ben Barton
Engagement Support Officer E: bbarton@seqcatchments.com.au