In early 2016, SOWN began working with SEQ Water and Brisbane City Council to restore a large area north west of the original Yoorala Street West plantings and towards the Enoggera Dam.
The photo shows volunteers planting around 500 native trees and shrubs at the first SOWN community planting on 9 April 2016.
Athol and volunteers at community planting April 2016History
This section is has been regenerated mostly by the Group Leader (Athol Brown) and Community Service Offenders.
Athol has achieved great things along Yoorala Street West transforming what was a weed infested dump to a picturesque and healthy habitat. His site is upstream from Yooralla Street East.
If you walk along the creek at Yoorala Street West you will experience many quiet glades with natural ponds. SOWN planting, weeding and rubbish removal creates the habitat which promotes natural revegetation.
The creek was heavily degraded with huge environmental weeds namely camphor laurel, chinese elm, broad leafed pepper trees to name just a few. With these also were every variety of small weeds such as lantana, ochna and madeira vine. All of the camphor laurels (and there were hundreds of them) in this section have now either been removed or are dead). A rich variety of natives now grace the area.
Complementing the restoration recently has been a new park area provided by an estate development. And SEQ Water land hopefully will provide a huge restored area right up to Enoggera Dam. This will make a truly great open space and forested complex to add to Brisbane City’s expanding creek restorations.
It is interesting to note Brisbane’s only substantial tract of surviving rainforest in intact/semi-intact state is in the Enoggera Creek catchment upstream of Enoggera reservoir. Athol’s site is an important link to this remnant.
Looking downstream from Fursman Bridge, 2004.
Looking downstream from Fursman Bridge, 2005, 18 months after the picture above.
Feature Tree – This magnificent fig tree was discovered by Athol Brown during his restoration – prior to that it was hidden by a thicket of weeds.