Group Convenors: Ross Kelly and Scott Thornton
Site: Enoggera Creek on the north bank of the creek in Corbie Street Park extending to the bridge on Ashgrove Avenue.
The group have undertaken weeding, planting and mulching the riparian area. They have installed nest boxes to support local wildlife and are ensuring their plants are flood friendly.
The Corbie Street Group work the last Saturday of every month – from 3pm to 4pm in Winter and from 4pm to 5pm in summer. Happy to have new helpers.
For more information please phone:
Ross Kelly on 0411 746 215, or
Scott Thornton on 0419 721686
The group’s focus:
- Installing nest boxes for local wildlife.
- Maintaining the areas that already have been partially revegetated and planting to existing and new areas.
- Establishing through new plantings the connectivity of the vegetation corridor along Enoggera Creek. This will facilitate the interaction of the squirrel glider populations within Corbie Street park and those in the creek corridor.
- Placement of habitat boxes within the park through government, corporate, resident and local business funding.
- Promote the awareness of what fauna is present in the park and encouraging people to keep their dogs on the lead and cats at home at night.
- Encouraging intervention on the south side of Enoggera Creek to at least cut the base of all the vines that are slowly killing the established trees downstream of the Ashgrove Avenue bridge.
Installing nest boxes for local wildlife
Just four kilometres from the city, Corbie Street Park in Ashgrove is abundant with wildlife after more than 30 years planting and rehabilitation.
Corbie Street was once subtropical rainforest but it became a holding pen for the Newmarket sale yard and then a rubbish tip. By 1987 the tip was gone leaving Enoggera Creek to flow through an empty paddock of closely mown grass with one solitary tree. Bushcare legends Trevor Ozanne and Bob Whiteman started planting in the park with support from then Lord Mayor Sallyanne Atkinson on 26 January 1987.
Today’s group leaders Ross Kelly and Scott Thornton manage the site where mature trees line the creek banks and 50 wildlife boxes provide homes for birds and mammals. The group have been heavily planting along the creek since 1998 creating a wildlife corridor. They’ve planted 2,000 plants each year for the last five years. While the group continues planting, most of its working bees are spent dealing with weeds brought in by floods, birds and garden escapees.
In the process of making a haven for wildlife, Corbie Street has built a strong local community. Local families attend the working bees which end with refreshments and a group Christmas party every year. The local businesses also contributed to the ‘housing crisis in Corbie Park’ by funding wildlife boxes.
As well as more than 45 varieties of birds including bush stone-curlews Burhinus grallarius, the park is home to squirrel gliders Petaurus norfolcensis and other small mammals.