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Native Bonsai Workshop

Want to learn to art of bonsai with native species?  Come along to an introductory workshop and take home your own native bonsai in the 2nd April at 8am at the ECOllaboration/ Maroochy Waterwatch office, Donaldson Rd, Nambour (behind Uniting Church carpark).  Cost is $30 for all materials.  RSVP essential by 29th March 2016 as number are limited.

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Frogs Are Out and Our Surveys Begin

threatened frog speciesHave you heard the frogs calling?

We have, and it’s time for our annual frog monitoring to begin? but
We need volunteers to help us.

Monitoring is held 2 nights per week at various locations across the Sunshine Coast starting Tuesday 27th January through to the end of March 2015.

We normally monitor begween 6-8pm. All equipment is provided and this is a family friendly activity.

Monitoring is co-ordinated by an environmental scientist and volunteers are involved in identifying frogs through sightings and calls. No experience is needed.
We have sites this year at:

  1. Buderim
  2. Eewah Vale
  3. Yaroomba Bushland Reserve, Mt Coolum
  4. Dulong
  5. Noosa National Park – Perigian Site, Coolum

If you are interested in participating for one day or every day then please let us know ASAP by answering some questions about your availability and preferred monitoing sites through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W369Y3F or phone 07 54764777.

Please share with your networks and friends.

Hopping to hear from you soon!

Janine Bedros – Community Engagement Officer

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Summer Newsletter Out Now!

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Basket Weaving Workshop with Cat’s Claw Creeper 22nd November

IMG_0826Basket Weaving Workshop with Cat’s Claw Creeper

Beginners class 10am (round baskets)

Advanced class 12:30pm (oval baskets)

Bookings essential by 20th November to info [at] maroochycatchmentcentre [dot] org [dot] au or phone 07 54764777

Cost $50 per workshop.  All materials included in cost.

At Maroochy Waterwatch offices, Donaldson Rd, Nambour

Park pals to boost national park management

parklands-hero-resizedEnvironment and wildlife warriors will soon be pulling on the work-boots to help care for parks and forests across the state, thanks to new Friends of Parks contracts worth almost $880,000.

Four organisations have signed on to assist with volunteer campground hosting and visitor services, wildlife monitoring, weed control, revegetating, and park maintenance.

National Parks Minister Steve Dickson said the $1.5 million Friends of Parks initiative had helped the Newman Government deliver on its election commitment to enhance volunteering and “voluntourism” in Queensland’s national parks.

“The Labor Government never funded volunteering programs. This Government is prepared to back the volunteer group with resources to improve our national parks,” Mr Dickson said.

“The successful recipients Wild Mob, Conservation Volunteers Australia, ECOllaboration and Australia Nature Tours are all highly regarded and experienced in the delivery of volunteering services.

“The funding will deliver almost 68,000 volunteer hours to assist in managing some of our most beautiful and iconic national parks from the Gold Coast to the Daintree, on reef islands and inland as far as Carnarvon Gorge.

“These contracts will see more than 20 part-time co-ordinators across the state recruiting, training and supervising community volunteers to help support front-line management of our parks.”
This is the second stage of the community small grants program, which is currently being rolled out across the state.

The contracts were announced at Parklands Conservation Park north of Nambour, where first round Friends of Parks grant recipients the Bushrangers Mountain Bike Club are surfacing and repairing track sections.

Club President Terry Morgan said their $25,000 grant would go a long way.

“We plan to buy a mechanical wheel barrow, Wacker Packer to compact the trail surface, trailer and a variety of hand tools including picks, rakes and shovels,” Mr Morgan said.

“We will also be installing directional posts, trail signs with maps, and trail markers to clearly identify where riders are allowed to go.”

[ENDS] 4 April 2014
Contact: Michelle Buckworth 0418 433 6470418 433 647

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Weed Management Workshop 28th April

Riparian Weed Management Workshop

28th April 2014

Liss Weed Control

Landholders within the Maroochy Catchment will have an opportunity to join industry professionals on an ecosystem survey to gain skills in riparian management during a field day being run by Maroochy Waterwatch on the 28th of April.

There are a variety of control methods available for managing riparian zones and this workshop aims to help you identify what’s best for your patch:

– Frill, cut, paint for large trees,

– Foliar spray application

– Release of bio-control agent,

– Hand weeding,

– Monitoring & Revegetation

These techniques provide an effective way to control many of the common weeds that occur along the creeks and rivers, such as Cat’s Claw Creeper, Small and, Large Leaf Privet, Lantana, Paspalum grass and herbaceous weeds and tubers. We aim for participants to leave with a better understanding of when weed control is appropriate, the best time to undertake control, and what can be done to maximise native regeneration at your site.

The workshop will be held at Whalley Creek (off Silverwood Dr, Burnside) on April the 28th between 8:30am and 11:30am with a bus leaving from the Maroochy Waterwatch office at 8am (seats limited). Please wear a hat, covered footwear and long sleeve shirt and pants.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Hetti Malone on (07) 54 764 777(07) 54 764 777 by 21st of April 2014, bookings are essential as limited spots available!

This workshop is funding by SEQ Catchments through the Queensland Government.

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Maroochy Catchment Riparian Weed Management Workshop

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Maroochydore Beach Planting Sunday 8th December 8-10am

Hi, It’s on again, the 2nd Community Planting at the Maroochydore/Alex Beach. Not since the release of the Empire Strikes back has there been a sequel that has the potential to exceed the original. We are planning to get another 2,000 plants in the ground on the day to continue the dune building process. So come along and lend a hand. If you could assist by circulating the word through your networks that would be greatly appreciated.


Sunday 8th December

8 – 10am

Beach Access 155

Alexandra Parade near Okinja Road


Don’t forget to:

• wear comfortable protective clothing

• wear enclosed footwear

• slop on some sunscreen

• slap on a hat

• bring a water bottle.

Michael Gilles

Community Nature Conservation

Environmental Operations

Sunshine Coast Council

Locked Bag 72

Sunshine Coast Mail Centre

Nambour Qld 4560

Phone: 5475 8842

Mobile: 0409 618 733

Christmas Party Friday 13th Dec

To All Volunteers and Supporters,

You are invited to our annual Christmas Party on Friday 13th December at the office at 12 noon.  Click here for more information XMAS PARTY.

Kind regards,

Cerran Fawns


Croakie Oakie! The call for volunteers to help with frog surveys is out

Giant Barred Frog

Dear Fellow Froggers!

 We’re getting organised for this year’s frog monitoring and would like to get an idea of how many people are available to volunteer with us. In particular we would like to find out who would be interested in volunteering at our Wallum sites – either located in Coolum (near Perigian Springs) or Kawana (Brightwater). We can’t do both sites so we’d like to find out which one we have the highest volunteer numbers for.

 If you are interested in participating for one day or every day then please let me know ASAP.  We plan on monitoring during January and February 2014.

We have sites this year at:

1.           EJ Foote Reserve Buderim (Sunshine Coast Council)

2.           Jack Connelly’s Property Musa Vale Rd, Cooroy (Private Landholder)

3.           Yaroomba Bushland Reserve, Mt Coolum (Sunshine Coast Council)

4.           Lucille Mariott – Platypus Creek Road, Dulong (Private Landowner)

5.           The fifth site will be dependent on the number of people interested in either the Coolum or Kawana site.

If you’re interested in monitoring with us, please reply with answers to the following questions:

1.       What day(s) of the week do you prefer?

2.       What is your preferred site(s)?

3.       Are you interested in surveying at the Coolum site (near Perigian Springs) or the Kawana site (Brightwater)?

I need responses by Friday the 29th of November so we can be organised before the Christmas break, and ready to start early January.


Janine Bedros (volunteer)

Maroochy Waterwatch Inc

Donaldson Rd, (Behind Uniting Church)

Nambour 4560

PO Box 311 Nambour Qld 4560

Ph:  07 5476 4777


info [at] maroochycatchmentcentre [dot] org [dot] au


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