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Freers Farm, Bardon

Freer's Farm is the site of some open paddocks now owned by Stuartholme, a Catholic day and boarding school for girls catering for approximately 750 students from Years 8 to 12, including 150 boarders. While Freer's farm itself is not worked as a bushcare site, it has the eastern branch of upper Ithaca Creek below J C Slaughter Falls along its eastern edge, and the western branch of upper Ithaca Creek to its west. The western branch is the larger channel, having Simpsons Falls as part of its headwaters.

The bushcare site is managed by Liz Caperon, who lives adjacent to Freer's Farm. There have been planting and weeding activities at this site over many years. In November 2008, May 2009 and January 2011 the site was damaged by floods and bushcare was difficult. Better conditions prevailed in June 2011 when some work was able to be done as part of ongoing activities and those of the Ithaca Intact project.

On 23 June 2011 a fish trap was placed in a sunny part of a shallow pool just above the Carwoola Street Bridge on the eastern branch for an hour. It yielded seven Crimson-spotted Rainbowfish, five Swordtails and a medium-large Purple-spotted Gudgeon. This was a surprisingly large number of fish for winter and bodes well for the health of the creek in this area.

View of 15 Carwoola from 2 million trees planting


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Robert Whyte

Upstream on the east branch


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Photo: Steve Paterson

Downstream on the east branch


Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Working Bee on 24 June 2011


Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

A bold butcher bird


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Robert Whyte

Suncorp vols attack the Paper Mulberry infestation


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Suncorp vols on a Rob Whyte led walk after lunch 24 June 2011


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Suncorp vols on a Rob Whyte led walk after lunch 24 June 2011


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Young Butcher Bird


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

The infestation of Paper Mulberry, cleared


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

View towards 2 million trees planting


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Bare patch in planting due to ancient tree stump


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Robert Whyte

Fish from Ithaca Creek


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Robert Whyte


Carissa


Carissa

Remnant Crows Ash


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Robert Whyte

Paper Mulberry under attack


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

Vols happy with their work


Liz Caperon Freers Farm
Photo: Steve Paterson

View upstream on the Western branch from Carwoola


Carwoola
Photo: Angus Veitch

Upstream looking back at Carwoola


Carwoola
Photo: Angus Veitch

Upstream of Carwoola on Simpsons Road


Simpsons Road
Photo: Angus Veitch

Further upstream looking down at Carwoola St


Simpsons Road
Photo: Angus Veitch

Simpsons Road meets Sir Samuel Griffith Drive


Sir Samuel Griffth Drive
Photo: Angus Veitch


Sir Samuel Griffth Drive