Group Convenor: Jude Muduioa
Yarrabee Road runs along the ridgeline between The Gap and Keperra that feeds into Fish Creek and is bordered by Enoggera Close Training Area.
The group have been working to remove the grassy and woody weeds and undertake fire suppression activities along the western boundary edge of the Enoggera Military Camp at The Gap.
For more information email Jude Muduioa on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Yarrabee Road bushcare group was formed in 2010 after an initial meeting of the road’s residents.
The group’s main aims were to eliminate the woody weeds and tall, introduced grasses that have infested the unimproved roadside verges that increased the fire risk and to reduce the weed infestations on surrounding properties, and ultimately the creek. The group of neighbours has been working away over these last nine years to this end. Plus they have enjoyed quite a few morning teas and barbecues as well.
Over the years the group has had support from SOWN for weed identification and supply of tube-stock to revegetate the cleared, and subsequently mulched, areas. They have also had support from the Land For Wildlife and Habitat Brisbane programs, since most of the properties along the road are also Land for Wildlife properties.
Some grant assistance from the Community Conservation Assistance program has provided additional support for their endeavours such as help with the bigger projects, seeding projects and removal of large weed trees that the small group of volunteers struggle with. The challenges are not unique: lack of access to reticulated water, wildlife who have read the Land for Wildlife signs and use this as free licence to dig up (turkeys and bandicoots) or nibble (wallabies) the plantings.
While there have been many planting failures the group has struggled through. The challenges are far outweighed by the rewards of seeing the regeneration of species such as ground shepherd’s crook orchid, slug lilies, Lomandra sp., Dianella sp., Brachiyton sp. and basket ferns. The abundant wildlife, such as the swamp wallaby, echidna, bandicoots, birds and reptiles, hopefully will continue to thrive in the neighbourhood. The benefits are that not only has the significant fire risk along the road been mitigated but also the weed seed load into neighbouring properties and creek catchments has been reduced.
The group has developed broader relationships with Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera and all the neighbours.