(previously The Bunya Sanctuary Community Environmental Center) including info on the community nursery
'Ashgrove 150' Heritage Bus Tour
in: Australian Garden History Society Queensland Branch Newsletter October 2006. Some information and pictures of historic homes and gardens in Ashgrove, Brisbane
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
Clubs and community gardens - please send in your links and news items. Events are listed free of charge in the Events Diary. Nurseries, gardeners, landscapers and other garden-related businesses operating in Brisbane's northern suburbs are invited to advertise.
Suburbs to be covered by this page include:
Caboolture area - Narangba, Morayfield, Burpengary, Bellmere, Upper Caboolture, Deception Bay, Beachmere, Bongaree, Bellara, Woorim, Bribie Island, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Elimbah
Redcliffe area - Rothwell, Scarborough, Redcliffe, Margate, Woody Point, Clontarf, Kippa Ring
Pine Rivers - Strathpine, Murrimba Downs, Griffin, Brendale, Albany Creek, Eatons Hill, Bunya, Everton Hills, Ferny Hills, Arana Hills, Samford Village, Samford Valley, Wights Mountain, Camp Mountain, Jollys Lookout, Mount Nebo, Mount Glorious, Samsonvale, Cashmere, Clear Mountain, Brendale, Bray Park, Warner, Joyner, Lawnton, Petrie, Kurwongbah, Kallangur, Dakabin, Mango Hill, Griffin
Brisbane Northern Suburbs - Sandgate, Deagon, Bracken Ridge, Fitzgibbon, Carseldine, Bridgeman Downs, McDowall, Bald hills, Brighton, Boodall, Nudgee Beach, Taigum, Chermside, Chermside West, Zillmere, Aspley, Geebung, Virginia, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Wavell Heights, Nundah, Kedron, Northgate, Banyo, Pinkenba, Ferny Grove, Keperra, Mitchelton, The Gap, Oxford Park, Upper Kedron, Mitchelton, Enoggera, Grange, Clayfield.
Also - Kilcoy, Woodford, Dayboro, Mount Mee, Wamuran, Highvale, Yugar, Closeburn, Dundas, Bryden, Crossdale, D'Aguilar, Glenfern, Villeneuve, Neurum, Durundur
Some older news which may still be of interest to residents of the northern suburbs has been retained below.
USC identifies backyard-appropriate koala tree for SEQ
A University of the Sunshine Coast team, led by Dr Stephen Trueman, have spent nine years researching which koala-friendly trees are most suitable for urban South-East Queensland, including backyards. They assessed around 20 species and variants, including grafting experiments. The only one that grew well and stayed sufficiently small was Eucalyptus kabiana ( Mt Beerwah mallee), reaching 6m in seven years. They can provide food and habitat for koalas and should be useful in creating corridors between existing habitats well away from dangerous roads. The first 350 seedlings to be planted across the Moreton Bay Region were given to the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Pine Rivers Koala Care Association at the project launch. The next step is to assess them in various locations with different soil types. Source: Dwarf gum tree plantings to help safeguard koalas (July 2016)
Hills District Community Garden
Moreton Bay Regional Council has provided a site and a three-year licence for a community garden in Bunya, within the Bunya Waste Facility grounds. Participants at the The Hills District Community Garden will have access to off-street parking and an "endless supply" of mulch. Source: Community Garden for The Hills District (December, 2013)
Youth to benefit from Caboolture community garden
The Salvation Army Youth Outreach Service at Caboolture has secured a grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council to equip a new community garden at Caboolture. The new veggie patch, an exentension of a successful program at Lawnton, will help teach a variety of skills to young people at risk. Source: Veggie Patch grows from strength to strength (November 2011)
Multicap Community Garden
A grant from Moreton Bay Regional Council will help Multicap upgrade paths and install raised beds their community garden for the disabled at Old Petrie Town, Whiteside. Source: Garden to flourish with council support (June 2011).
Highvale greener, water cleaner
Moreton Bay Regional Council and Greening Australia believe that the 60 000 native trees they recently planted at Westbourne Park will reduce erosion and improve water quality in the tributary of South Pine River that runs through the park. 10 000 additional plants will go in at nearby Allan Smith Park. Read more at the counci website: 60,000 Plants Planted (May 2010)
New park to contribute to Brisbane "Greenspace"
A new 40 hectare public park is to be developed north of Brisbane's north. Fitzgibbon Bushland Park will include facilities for picnics, BBQs, sports and fitness. The Qld governemnt is also calling for input from the public on their proposed Greenspace Strategy. Read more here: Major new park and draft Greenspace Strategy announced (March 2010).
Feasibility of Moreton Bay botanic garden to be assessed
Creation of a regional botanical garden north of Brisbane has become a fraction closer to reality with the establishment of a steering committee by Moreton Bay Regional Council. Source: Garden steering committee. (November 2009)
Snakes in the garden
Moreton Bay Regional Council advise residents to keep their gardens tidy to reduce the risk of snakes. This includes picking up fallen fruit that might attract rats or mice. Old branches and other rubbish can also provide a home for small animals that are in turn a food source for snakes. See: Residents urged to exercise snake safety (May 2009)
Powerline unfriendly trees to be removed
Some trees on the Redcliffe peninsula presenting safety and maintenance problems will be removed by Energex. Where possible, they will be replaced by more appropriate alternatives. Source: Energex to replace problem trees (PDF) (April 2009).
Vine identification in Moreton region
Weedy vines can be very damaging to native bushland. Moreton Bay Regional Council has released a new booklet to help residents identify and control pest species. Eighteen local vine species are also featured, including the Richmond Birdwing Vine (food source for caterpillars of the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing butterfly.) "Vines of the Moreton Bay Region" can be downloaded from www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au or collected from customer service centres, libraries, and environmental centres in the region. (December 2008)
Moreton Bay botanic garden a possibility
Following a request from the Society for Growing Australian Plants Queensland Region, Moreton Bay Regional Council will consider the establishment of a new botanic garden as part of an assessement of botanic and horticultural "values" in the area. A diverse range of ecosystems is now within the boundaries of one local authority (following amalgamation of Pine Rivers, Caboolture and Redcliffe councils). A floral emblem for the new council will also be considered. More from Moreton Bay Regional Council: Botanic garden review (October, 2008)
"Frogs Booklet" updated
A new version of the popular publication from Moreton Bay Regional Council is now available. It contains hints on how to help frogs plus photographs and descriptions of 35 species local to the Moreton Bay area. More information about obtaining the booklet here: Free Frog Booklet for Frog Fans. (October, 2008)
Figs on the move
Several fig trees removed for the new amphitheatre in Pine Rivers Park will be relocated to provide shade elsewhere in the park. The trees have an estimated value of $180,000. Source (Moreton Bay Regional Council): Council relocates majestic figs (August, 2008)
Keep the green stuff
Instead of taking green waste to the dump, Moreton Bay Regional Council wants lawnmowing and gardening service providers to encourage composting at clients' properties. This has environmental advantages, reduces the need for landfill and represents cost savings for contractors. Source: Council encourages contractors to compost green waste (July, 2008)
Anzac Avenue living memorial
Trees were planted in the 1920's along Anzac Avenue between Petrie and Redclife to commemorate soldiers from the region killed or injured in the Gallipoli conflict. Moreton Bay Regional Council would like to speak with descendants of the families involved to document this part of the community's history. Plans are also underway to enhance and preserve the memorial for future generations, including eventual replacement of the trees as they reach the end of their lives. More information here: Commemorative tree project for old "Diggers" (April, 2008)