Academic focus on preserving the Reserve


Banks Street Bushland Reserve recently hosted a group of 17 tertiary students keen to research means of improving the environmental and ecological resilience of natural areas surrounded by urban development.

Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Queensland University of Technology, Professor Les Dawes, said the group included degree and post graduate students from a diverse range of academic disciplines.

They had volunteered to join the Student Catchment Immersion Program (SCIP) funded by the Brisbane City Council “to connect students with community-based catchment groups to learn about preservation and restoration of these important urban ecosystems.”

Local community members in the Three Mile Scrub – Quandong Bushcare Group walked through the reserve with the students, explaining how their activities were based on ecologically appropriate, low impact methods for removing intrusive weeds and replanting with flood-resilient and wildlife-friendly native species along the Enoggera Creek banks.

Under the guidance of bushcare group leader, Chris Galbraith, the future environmental leaders then got “down and dirty” with gumboots, gloves and gardening tools to remove weeds from the creek bank downstream from the Quandong Park bridge.