Michaela Crescent Park Group

Fish Creek

Group convenor: Libby Jones

The Michaela Crescent Park Group looks after the north side of Fish Creek in Michaela Crescent. This is a Habitat Brisbane group and is supported by Brisbane City Council and SOWN. This part of Fish Creek features a sandy bottom, rocks, lomandras on the water’s edge and a huge Hard Quandong Elaeocarpus obovatus. Lomandras act as a water filter to clean the creeks during revegetation. They are useful next to the creek (Lomandra hystrix) and further up the bank (Lomandra longifolia).

Libby’s plan is to clear weeds from some of the hard-to-access areas which have infestations of Singapore Daisy and Panic Grass.

For more information email Libby Jones

 

Michaela Crescent bushcare site in 2004 (left) and 2019 (right). Photos: Mark Crocker

History

The restoration of Fish Creek along the length of Michaela Crescent started in 1998, first led by Pete Dorney, then Gail and Ray Norval 2006-2022. Long-term bushcare volunteer at Walton Bridge Reserve and Glenella Street Park, Libby Jones, became group leader in 2023. Pete Dorney’s backyard in Bromwich Street overlooked a steep rocky section of Fish Creek which he worked to restore from 1998 until he moved in 2006. During that time there were regular, once-a-week, morning working bees attended by Pete’s partner Mareene Hutchings, his son Mark Dorney with partner Tricia Head, plus several other volunteers from time to time. The first working bee was literally in Pete’s backyard as they couldn’t get near the back fence for weeds. There was also help from Men of the Trees plus volunteers from the Greening Australia Nursery which Pete was managing at the time. From around 2004, Gail and Ray Norval joined the group taking over the leadership when Pete left in 2006. Since then the focus shifted more to the northern side of the creek. Gail attributes her interest in bushcare to her parents who were both keen gardeners. Her father was a greenkeeper and later a gardener at the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens. Like many bushcare sites in The Gap, the Michaela Crescent Park site was severely damaged in The Gap storm in 2008. In the following ten years, Gail and Ray worked to replant damaged sections. In 2019, there was little sign of the storm damage with healthy plantings lining the creek bank from its boundary with Hilder Road State School to the new Tallowwood development in the east.