Restoring Belivah Creek
The Belivah Creek catchment is an area of ecological significance. The creek provides an important ecological corridor, linking the lowland sub-tropical rainforest (an endangered ecological community) at the Albert River to rainforests in the hills.
The creek starts its journey on private land at Bahrs Hill, passes through the Council-owned parks of Stubbin Reserve, Rosemount Reserve, Willmann Park and Alexander Watt Park and then flows into the Albert River at Bannockburn.
To mitigate the effects of habitat disturbance within the catchment, Council engaged an ecologist to prepare a draft restoration plan in 2017. The community provided feedback on the draft plan, which was incorporated into the final Belivah Creek Detailed Restoration Plan (with attached Restoration Areas Concept Plan). (Image courtesy of Daryl Baumgartner).
Restoring the catchment will help to:
- provide increased habitat for threatened flora such as Angle Stemmed Myrtle (Gossia gonoclada), Macadamia Nut (Macadamia integrifolia), Veiny fontainea (Fontainea venosa), Small-leaved tamarind (Diploglottis campbellii), and Flinders Plum (Planchonella eerwah);
- provide additional essential food sources and habitat for threatened fauna such as the Coxen’s fig parrot, Mary River Cod, Glossy Black Cockatoos, Koalas and Richmond Birdwing Butterflies; and
- improve water quality flowing through the catchment and into the Albert River
The launch of Restoring Belivah Creek was held on Sunday, 22 April 2018 (Earth Day) at Willmann Park, Belivah. Over 100 community members helped celebrate the day by planting over 1600 trees. They then enjoyed the free sausage sizzle and listened to guest speakers talk about this unique and environmentally significant area.
Works undertaken since the launch of the Project in April 2018 include:
- planting of 56 native ornamental trees throughout Willman Park, Stubbin and Rosemont Reserves.
- continued maintenance/weeding of the trees planted as part of the first community planting day (Area 1C within the Plan) in April 2018, with trees growing well.
- identification of three significant habitat trees within Stubbin Reserve. Mulch and native gardens were installed in February 2019 to enhance the health of these trees and provide additional resources for the native wildlife occupying the tree hollows.
- rehabilitation/weeding works and planting in areas adjacent to Alexander Watt Park (Area 3B) were completed during April, 2019.
- rehabilitation/weeding works and the community planting within Area 1B, Willmann Park were completed during March 2019. Regular maintenance/weeding of this site will continue.
- weed removal works in Area 3H, Alexander Watt Park (Richlands Drive) occurred during April and planting was completed in May 2019.
If you are interested in registering to help with the project (joining a BushCare group, planting trees, removing weeds, looking after the area), please email email@example.com