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  • Recent Working Bees 
  • Working Bee Calendar 
  • Site Analysis Report 
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    Newsletter No. 7  Feb 1997  
    Clean Up Australia Day 

    WRBG will host an official Clean Up Australia Day activity in the bushland at Pullen Reach, Brisbane River in Westlake and Riverhills this Sunday, 2nd March. 

    Details of how you can be involved are given in the box at the bottom of this column. 

    Recent Working Bees 
    The photos in this edition depict some of the enthusiastic group of 40 adults and children who turned out for WRBG's first involvement in Queensland's Weedbuster Day on 6 October last year. 

    Our monthly working bees continued in November and December, with re-commencement on 2 February for the first working bee for 1997. 

    Close to 200 native trees, shrubs and grasses, all local species, have been planted since October last year. 

     Next Working Bee 
    (First Sunday of each month)
    • Sunday, 2 March at 8 - 10am 
    Clean Up Australia Day - join us for one or two hours in this annual nation-wide event and help clean up your local bushland. 
    Meet at riverfront end of Balaton Street for registration and directions.

    Proper clothing and registration on the day is essential. Register from 7:30am for 8:00am start. 

    Bring: sturdy shoes, gardening gloves, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, insect repellent. Long sleeves and trousers preferable. Young children to be accompanied by adult. 

    Enquiries: Ed 3376 1389 (H) 
    Maree 3376 5803 (W) 

    BCC Bushland Care Officer Mike Noble (above) points out significant features of this Westlake bushland remnant at the Weedbuster Day in October last year. 
    Council Issues 
    SORB has been seeking resolution with BCC matters relating to a landslip in May last year and that the subdivision boundary south of Balaton St is too close to the river and the landslip to allow safe public access along the riverbank in the future. At the time of going to print this issue remains unresolved. 
    Environment Branch Grants 
    WRBG has been successful in obtaining a $500 grant towards administration expenses, including publication of newsletters and development of display materials. 

    Working Bee Calendar
    Mark your diary for these upcoming events, on first Sunday of the month: 

  • 2 March: Clean Up Australia Day 
  • 6 April 
  • 4 May 
  • 1 June 

  • Meet at Balaton Street from 7:30am for 8:00am start, concluding 10:00am. 
    Activities vary according to conditions, and include plant identification, weed clearing, tree planting. Seed collection will be one particular focus for 1997. 
    Site Analysis Consultant's Report 
    WRBG's appointed consultant, Rob Friend and Associates has completed an environmental site analysis report of the current and future public bushland along the Westlake and Riverhills frontage to the Pullen Reach of the Brisbane River. 

    The study was funded as part of a $5,000 grant to WRBG for a Site Analysis and Community Education project. The grant was provided by the Brisbane River Management Group (BRMG) under its Community Support Grant Scheme. The scheme is designed to complement BRMG's aims to preserve, protect and improve the quality and amenity of the Brisbane River and its tributaries. 

    A limited number of copies have been published for official distribution. Arrangements are in hand to print further copies for purchase at cost, and a reference copy will be available at the new Mt Ommaney Branch Library. 

    Details available from committee members.  More enthusiastic weedbusters (above) at work! 

    SORB on the Web! 
    Those with access to the Internet may wish to check out our own worldwide Web home page, up and running since early last year. The address is:

    Links are provided to SORB and WRBG news, activities, aerial photos, map as well as other related sites. 

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