Community efforts to restore Moggill Creek Catchment supported by the Green Army

Community efforts to restore Moggill Creek Catchment supported by the Green Army

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25-Aug-2016

Young trainees are rejuvenating and restoring key areas in the Moggill Creek Catchment, thanks to the Australian Government’s Green Army programme. 

The Green Army is a hands-on, practical environmental action programme that supports local environment and conservation projects across Australia. 

It’s an initiative for young Australians aged 17–24 years interested in protecting their local environment. The group is continuing to build on local community action by staying on top of weeds and planting native trees and plants along areas such as Moggill Creek.

Adrian Webb from the Moggill Creek Catchment group helping to coordinate the efforts with Healthy Waterways and Catchments said that the Green Army teams provided much-needed support to improve the health of the catchment.

“This is a very special area, however much of it is severely degraded by exotic weeds and vines.” 

“As a community, we’ve focused our efforts to date on some of these issues such as targeted weed control, but further support and investment from programs like the Green Army are crucial as successful weed control requires many years of maintenance and follow-up.

“In addition, the Green Army is also a great opportunity for younger people to get training and experience in environment and conservation fields. 

Two teams will be working, each for six months, at several sites including along Moggill Creek near the Brookfield Showgrounds, one in Smith’s Scrub which is bounded by Moggill Creek, and one spread across several neighbouring properties in Upper Brookfield.

Green Army participant Jasmine Hayes, a Wildlife Science graduate now participating in the program for the second time, said it was a great opportunity to learn some new skills and build on her existing knowledge, including the how to identify different weeds and native plants.

Apanie Wood from Healthy Waterways and Catchments said that Green Army teams were adding value to existing investments from the Queensland and Australian Government, including the Brisbane wide What’s your nature? program. 

“Developing projects like this which complement existing community efforts and past investments are the best way to improve the health of this local catchment,” said Apanie.

“The Green Army teams will build on work by Moggill Creek Catchment Group and local landholders to restore the health of Moggill Creek and surrounding habitat, by continuing to control some of the pest weeds in this area, such as Madeira Vine and Cat’s claw creeper,” she said.

“This will be a great result for the local area, which is home to many unique plants and animals and also linked to the nearby conservation estate and the D’Aguilar Range, as well as the Brisbane River and Moreton Bay.”

Supported by the Australian Government’s Green Army Programme, Healthy Waterways and Catchments, Moggill Creek Catchment Group and Campbell Page.

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