Group convenor: Petra Skoien

Location:On the northern bank of Enoggera Creek, the Yoorala Street East site runs from Elgata Street, past the Community Garden to the cul-de-sac end of Yoorala Street.

Walking along the creekside track you might imagine you were walking through original bush, but not so. When Brisbane was sewered in the 1960s, Enoggera Creek was bulldozed to lay down sewer lines. This was followed by illegal dumping of rubbish and then the weeds took over.

Vera and Fred Moffett

Vera and Fred Moffett:
With the formation of Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN) in 1994, two retired school teachers, Vera and Fred Moffett, were recruited as volunteers. “We knew the creek needed a cleanup. it was terrible,” Fred said.

The Yoorala Street East group was established by Fred and Vera in 1995. They applied their considerable gardening skill and knowledge into the local creek restoration.

The original intention was to clear up the worst of the rubbish and weeds. The project quickly expanded. Along the length of the site is a walking track built by the group. It gives locals access to a cool shady walk through where you can feel miles from the suburbs nearby. After 12 years working the site, Vera and Fred retired from bushcare. Vera Moffett died in 2010. There is a creekside seat dedicated to her near the Men’s Shed.

Current activities

In 2009 Stella Field got involved with bushcare after seeing a sign promoting the Brisbane City Council Habitat Brisbane sign promoting bushcare. She became a SOWN volunteer and then group leader at Yoorala Street East. Work on the Yoorala Street East bushcare site has been largely a matter of maintaining the restoration done in the previous 20 years.

Petra Skoien has recently taken over as the group coordinator and regular working bees are being held.

For more information – phone Stella Field on 0412 335 289 or email Petra Skoien on petra.skoien@gmail.com.

Stella Field at Yoorala Street East. Photo by Anne Jones