180 To Protect and Preserve

What’s Happening at Green Hills: an Update by President, Steven Lang

Maleny Expects Campaign

Our petition for a 40m buffer zone along the edge of the Obi Obi Creek on the Precinct achieved a fantastic 1200 signatures and was presented to the December meeting of Sunshine Coast Council by our local councillor Jenny McKay. We thank everyone who signed the petition and in particular those who helped to gather signatures in the main street of Maleny.

The latest tranche of $69,000 from our Biodiversity Fund grant, received just before Christmas, will go towards planting the buffers and the maintenance of existing plantations. Negotiations with Council about the buffer zone are on-going and Council expects to allocate land within the present season.

Northern Wetlands

Unitywater will be turning on the taps for their massive irrigation of the Northern Wetland next week, providing water to 17ha of rainforest. Green Hills campaigned fiercely for this area to be put aside for parkland and we remain strong supporters of this project. Planting of the seedling trees will begin almost immediately. We congratulate Barung Landcare for winning one of the contracts for supply of seedlings.

The area in question is the valley to the right of North Maleny Road as you head out of town. The contour lines which have appeared over the last few months are the site of the pipes (laid by the Pump House) and the many thousand small brown patches are the sites for the trees.

Bushcare and Walking Trails

As mentioned above we hope to plant a substantial area of the creekside in the next few months. In the meantime we have started weed reduction on the section closest to town, below Cloudwalk. There’s a lot of blackberry, lantana and morning glory in this part but we hope to have it under control in the next few months so we can plant it out with rainforest species in October/November this year (weather permitting). Sunshine Coast Council hope to have the long-awaited walking trail passing through this area by the middle of the year – again, it is Green Hills who led the campaign for walking trails for which there is widespread community support.

Our regular bushcare meeting on the third Sunday of the month will commence on February 16th. We have a lot of work to do over the next twelve months and can find jobs for as many as turn up. Don’t be shy, it’s a great (and very satisfying) way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday morning, followed by a morning tea and catch-up.

Thank you

For the last couple of years our Bushcare program has been carried out in liaison with Rhonda Martin from Sunshine Coast Council and we’re very grateful for the work she’s put in. Rhonda’s moving on to other things this year and her place will be taken by Nadia Joyce who’s very keen to work with us.

Barung Landcare is our invaluable partner on Bushcare days – thank you, Matt Bateman. We also thank Lake Baroon Catchment Care who recently joined us to pay for fencing the western side of the Obi Obi below Erowal. The fence runs from Walkers Creek (the last bridge on the way into town) right through to the Uniting Church, and provides protection from cattle for all the plantations we’ve been doing over the last few years (as well as for the Obi itself). Lake Baroon have also installed off-stream watering points for the cattle in these paddocks.

Australia Day Expo

Green Hills and Barung joined forces for this event at the Showgrounds, sharing a stand and talking to the community about what we do. Lots of people stopped by and took our brochures. A warm welcome to everyone who became Green Hills members on the day.

Maleny District Green Hills Fund

A local environmental organisation

Tax deductible gift fund

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