Group Convenors: Trevor Ozanne and Robert Ah Hoon
They recently adopted a new planting area near Newmarket Bowls Club and are removing weedy grasses and woody weed trees, mulching and planting the site adjacent to the creek.
The group meets monthly, usually on the second Sunday from 8.00 am to 10.00 am..
For more information, phone Trevor Ozanne on 07 3356 0532.
Clean Up Australia Day 2016
Working bee in Quandong Park on Clean Up Australia Day 2016 with boys and parents from Brisbane Grammar School.
Trevor addresses the troops prior to weeding
Trevor Ozanne has been working to rehabilitate Enoggera Creek for more than 30 years and is still going.
Back in December 1986, Enoggera Creek was an eyesore. With head-high cane grass Pennisetum purpureum and castor-oil plant Ricinis communis, it was a dumping site for household waste. The creek hadn’t been cleaned up after the 1974 flood. It was a mess. Someone complained and a public meeting was held at the Anglican Church Hall. The first Enoggera Catchment association was formed. This would later morph into SOWN.
Trevor was teaching horticulture at TAFE and planting his own block of land which backs onto the creek. Bringing his valuable knowledge of local plants, Trevor teamed up with Bob Whiteman. Together they started the enormous task of rehabilitating the creek. The first site they worked on was nearby Corbie Street Park where there was a community planting on 26 January 1987.
Bob moved to The Gap, but Trevor kept going at Ashgrove. At Ashgrove Avenue he was helped by students from Grovely TAFE and over the last 12 years Brisbane Boys Grammar School students and their families have been regular volunteers.
Over the years the group has planted thousands of trees. Now there are very few weeds and native plants are starting to regrow naturally. Self seeding didn’t come as fast as expected but the quandongs are coming now. The last quandong had been washed away in the 1974 flood along with the staghorns and elkhorns.