Upper Hemmings Creek project a success

May 9, 2018

Three thousand trees and plenty of hard work has transformed a weed-infested drain into a recreational area for Gordonvale residents.

Volunteers from the Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group have created a native vegetation corridor between two housing estates along Upper Hemmings Creek – a project that has been several years in the making.

They celebrated recently with the unveiling of interpretive signs, designed by Gordonvale State School Excelsior students, which were installed beside a creek-side walking track.

The project attracted funding from the Commonwealth Biodiversity Fund and from Terrain NRM via the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. It has also involved traditional owner group Malanbarra Yidinji, the Green Army and Birdlife NQ.

Terrain NRM’s Rowan Shee said groups had worked well together for a fantastic result.

“This has been a really good project – from the tree-plantings and weed control to school students designing signs after research on frogs in the Gordonvale area and endangered species in the Mulgrave and Trinity Inlet catchment,’’ he said.

Mulgrave Landcare and Catchment Group volunteers are continuing their work on the wildlife corridor to connect Hemmings Creek with Lamb Range.

The group’s coordinator Lisa O’Mara said there had been lots of positive comments from local residents about the project.

"The trees have grown quickly and are already providing great habitat for birds and other wildlife,’’ she said.

The project was one of five funded by Terrain NRM in its 2015 round of community grants made possible through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Other projects range from tree plantings to a yellow crazy ant eradication program.