Save Our Waterways Now
(SOWN) Restoring habitats of waterways in the catchments of Enoggera, Ithaca and Fish Creeks. A variety of information about native species available at this site
If you're involved in a gardening club, community garden, environmental group or some other non-profit organisation related to plants and gardening in Qld, please send in your link. Garden centers, mowing contractors, gardeners, landscapers and other garden-related businesses operating in Brisbane's western suburbs are invited to advertise.
Suburbs covered by this page include: Sherwood, Graceville, Toowong, Milton, Mt Coot-tha, Auchenflower, Indooroopilly, St Lucia, Taringa, Fig tree Pocket, Kenmore, Jindalee, Chapel Hill, Kenmore Hills, Brookfield, Pullenvale, Upper Brookfield, Mt Crosby, Anstead, Bellbowrie, Pinjarra Hills, Riverhills, Westlake, Mt Ommaney, Jamboree Heights, Middle Park, Sinnamon Park, Sumner, Darra, Seventeen Mile Rocks, Oxley, Wacol.
Witton Barracks continue to serve
The derelict Witton Barracks site is on the way to becoming a new "destination park" for the western suburbs. While developing play areas and cycle facilities and open space for use of the community, the historical significance of the 1.9 ha Defence facility to Brisbane's role in World War II will be preserved. Source: Works begin on landmark Witton Barracks park (March, 2017)
New works for Mt Coot-tha
Brisbane City Council has allocated funds toward a new visitor centre and other refurbishments at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and Mt Coot-tha Reserve. "The new centre will provide a more formal entrance and dedicated facilities for the Volunteer Guides, with a gift shop, to provide a fitting welcome to Queensland's premier botanic gardens." Part of the $3.4 million construction cost will come from a $700,000 donation from a Brisbane resident. Source: LM delivers $6m boost to Mt Coot-tha precinct (June 2015)
Plan progress for Frew Park, Milton
The final concept plan for Frew Park, to be developed on the sites of the former Milton Tennis Centre and Milton Bowl sites, has been released.The 3.5 Ha parkland will include a play area, six tennis courts and a large open green space. Completion is due in 2014. Source: Plan for big park in Milton finalised (March 2012)
Myrtle Rust in Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens
Plants on which the pathogen has been identified includes three new hosts. Biosecurity Queensland recommend vistors tot he Gardens avoid contact with mrytaceous plants. Source: Myrtle rust confirmed at Botanic Gardens (May 2011)
Help for flooded gardens
Brisbane Garden Recovery is a volunteer group helping restore flood damaged gardens. If you'd like to participate in a working bee, know a garden that needs assistance, or are able to donate plants, mulch, tools or other supplies you can find out more information at the Brisbane Garden Recovery Facebook page or contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or flood_garden_recovery(AT) hotmail.com
Car V. Community in Kenmore
Plans to build a new road on land set aside in the 1970s have been dusted off by the Queensland government, to the alarm and (in some cases,) suprise of local residents. Opponents suggest that impacts on the community, including the loss of green space, will outweigh the benefits from this decades-old scheme and that there are better ways of improving the dire traffic situation in the region. More information, news and discussion of this issue is presented on the Save Our Kenmore action group website.
More peaceful future for Pooh Corner
The former defence training area known to western suburbs residents as "Pooh Corner" and now preserved as an environmental reserve is to have waste from exploded hand grenades and "other unexploded ordnance" removed: Council starts clean-up of "Pooh Corner" (Brisbane City Council, April, 2008). More information about the area here: Friends of Pooh Corner