Planting in Wittonga Park


Eighty community members volunteered to plant 1700 native plants on the banks of Fish Creek at Wittonga Park in The Gap on Sunday 21 August 2022.

SOWN President Renée McGlashan congratulated the Wittonga Park Bushcare group leaders Natalie Costanzo, Katherine Cooke and Diane Allen on a brilliant job.

“It was great to see the new planting extend the SOWN 25th anniversary planting which was done almost three years ago,” she said.

Federal MP Elizabeth Watson-Brown attended and the local Lions Club was on barbecue duty with sausages donated by State MP Jonty Bush.

“We hoped to bring a cross section of The Gap community together – all abilities, all ages to have some fun and contribute to greening our wonderful suburb. We are thrilled with how successful the event was,” said Diane.

“The collaboration between groups such as SOWN and Habitat Brisbane volunteer groups like our Wittonga Park group is really starting to pay dividends.

“There’s a shared knowledge that is invaluable when it comes to things such as best practice habitat revegetation and how to put on successful events like this one,” she said.

When Wittonga Park first became a bushcare site in 2000 there was very little remnant vegetation along the creek banks.

One of the first major projects was to revegetate an open drain running through the middle of the park.

Early volunteer Bernie Stockill said it was a big job to turn a drain into a waterway.

“Council helped us. They dug out the drain with machinery and then mulched. Then we started planting lomandras in the thousands and lots of trees,” he said.

As well as being treated as drains, our local creeks were often steeper than they should be because of fill being dumped, unnatural erosion and infestation of weeds that don’t allow a natural bank formation.

These days Wittonga Park has mature revegetation along the waterways with recent plantings designed to consolidate, extend and widen the older plantings.

Wildlife will naturally come to restored creek habitat attracted by abundant water and food.

Creeks are not only foraging grounds, they are wildlife corridors.

Repairing broken links in these corridors and connecting them with nearby remnant bushland is possibly the most important thing we can do to restore balance to our local environment.

The Wittonga Park Bushcare meets on the third Sunday of every month. More information at Wittonga Park Bushcare Group and Wittonga Park Bushcare on Facebook.

Welcome to the Wittonga Park event. At centre Ed Bennett is getting ready to demonstrate how to plant tubestock, Federal MP Elizabeth Watson Brown is on his left. PHOTO: Renée McGlashan

Community members continue the revegetation of Wittonga Park which has been going on since 2000. PHOTO: Renée McGlashan