Lugg Street Bushcare Group

Ithaca Creek

 

Group leaders: Paul Beckmann, Vanessa Hammond and Andrew Hammonds

The Lugg Street Bushcare Group was restarted in 2018, continuing the work done on the site in previous years along a section of Ithaca Creek in Red Hill. The focus is the removal of invasive and exotic vegetation species and their subsequent replacement with native and endemic species. The goal is to improve the local vegetation mosaic to provide further foraging, nesting, shelter and roosting sites for local fauna. It will also improve the resilience of the creek bank through erosion prevention and further enhancing the riparian corridor.

For more information, please contact the group leaders at lugg.st.habitat@outlook.com or you can find the group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Luggstbushcare.

 

 

 History
The Lugg Street Habitat Brisbane group restarted in 2018, continuing the work done on the Ithaca Creek site which sits between Lugg Street and Dean Street footbridges.
 
In 2005 this stretch of creek was dominated by cane grass Pennisetum purpureum. Catchment coordinator Melinda McLean and SOWN committee members Robert Dunne and Robert Whyte organised a large-scale community planting in 2005, in what was a precursor to the Ithaca Intact project. The staff, parents and students of Ithaca Creek State School community came out in force, forming a connection to the site which continues to this day.
 
The site was active between 2007 and 2013 led by Craig Davis.
 
In October 2018 the group rebooted with leader Murray Oke. Plenty of locals started volunteering with good support from Ithaca Creek State School and the local Scouts. The plan for the site is to build on the existing plantings to increase the structural diversity and make a hyper-resilient habitat. The early plantings have done well despite floods and infestations of weeds such as Singapore daisy Sphagneticola trilobata and Ruellia sp. The goal is to improve the local vegetation mosaic to provide further foraging, nesting, shelter and roosting sites for local fauna. The site is being used by a wide variety of wildlife. Birds include buff-banded rail Gallirallus philippensis living in the Lomandra sp., little egret Gallirallus philippensis, royal spoonbill Platalea regia, wood ducks Chenonetta jubata and Pacific black ducks Anas superciliosa. Snakes at the site include carpet python Morelia spilota, keelbacks Tropidonophis mairii and tree snakes Dendrelaphis punctulata.
 
The current group leaders are Paul Beckmann, Vanessa Hammonds and Andrew Hammonds.