Group Convenor: Giles Baxter
This group is continuing its work to restore an old tip site at Breakfast Creek by planting local rainforest species and additional plantings in the park, to transform it into a green space.
For more information, phone Giles Baxter on 0407 842 836.
Founded in 1994, Picot Street Park bushcare site was once a dairy farm owned by group leader Giles Baxter’s grandfather.
Giles grew up on the high creek bank at the edge of the park, where the houses of his grandfather, father and his house stand in close proximity overlooking the floodplain.
There have been many changes and challenges for Enoggera Creek at Kelvin Grove over the last hundred years and more. As well as land clearing and farming in the nineteenth century, there was a tannery next door.
Sewage lines were put along the creek line and landfill from major city constructions was dumped there in the 1960s. Scrap asbestos was dumped too.
After the 1974 floods Giles remembers seeing his first excavator. ‘It was right in the creek. All the trees were removed and they straightened the creek. The site was totally bare,’ he said.
Times change and slowly the community and the Brisbane City Council began to recognise the value in our local creeks.
The first meeting of the Picot Park bushcare group was held in Giles’ garage in 1994.
In the last 25 years, starting with a bare site, the group has planted a great variety of species including numerous Moreton Bay fig trees Ficus macrophylla which were once common in the lower reaches of Enoggera Creek.
The edge of Enoggera Creek, which is tidal here, is once again fringed with mangroves and a sand island has formed in the middle of the creek. Sand islands were once use by Aboriginal people to cross the creek and even the Brisbane River just below where it meets Breakfast Creek.
The site is alive with birds. Giles said the parrots love the figs and the call of the whip bird Psophodes olivaceus has become a common sound.
Much of the work for the group these days is keeping down the weeds especially Madeira vine Anredera cordifolia and balloon vine Cardiospermum grandiflorum.
Council has put in bike paths and the old dumping ground has become a haven for people, birds and wildlife in an inner-city suburb.
This area is also part of the Re-greening of Three Mile Scrub project.