Restoring Belivah Creek
Belivah Creek catchment has been identified as an area containing high environmental values, but also an area subject to habitat threats resulting from human interference. If restored, it can provide essential habitat for a variety of threatened flora, fauna and ecological communities, as well as improve water quality flowing through the catchment and into the Albert River..
Due to the site’s ecological importance, Council allocated funding in both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 budgets to revegetate parts of public land within the mapped ecological corridor along Belivah Creek.
Belivah Creek runs from the dry rainforest at Bahrs Hill, down through Belivah and Bannockburn and into the Albert River. The creek and its tributaries are located on private land in the upper catchment and through the Council-owned parks of Stubbin Reserve, Rosemount Reserve, Willmann Park and Alexander Watt Park. (Image courtesy of Daryl Baumgartner)
The creek provides an important corridor, linking the lowland sub-tropical rainforest (an endangered ecological community) at the Albert River, to rainforests in the hills. Restoring this site will increase significant habitat for threatened flora including, Angle Stemmed Myrtle (Gossia gonoclada), Macadamia Nut (Macadamia integrifolia), Veiny fontainea (Fontainea venosa), Small-leaved tamarind (Diploglottis campbellii), and Flinders Plum (Planchonella eerwah). The area can also provide 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. Further, the suburbs of Bahrs Scrub, Belivah, Wolffdene and Cedar Creek have been identified by scientists from Griffith University as areas where plants and animals will survive during climate change. For more information, please see the Belivah Creek Fact Sheet (PDF 1692 KB).
In 2017, Council engaged an independent ecologist to draft a restoration concept plan for the public land within the Belivah Creek Catchment. Council then invited the community to have their say on the proposed revegetation and restoration. Lots of positive feedback was received and generally the community were happy to see the creek being restored and more trees planted. They were also happy that we are proposing to keep some of the open spaces, kick around areas and the lock rail in Alexander Watt Park. We’re also gaining interest from people who are interested in participating in a community activity such as weeding or planting or starting a Bushcare or Landcare group. Suggestions gained through the community engagement process were passed onto the Consultant and incorporated into the final Belivah Creek Detailed Restoration Plan (PDF 4728 KB) - with attached Restoration Areas Concept Plan (PDF 1153 KB).
Prior and current works
Thank you to all those who made a difference to their local area at the second round of community planting on Saturday, 23 March at Willmann Park, Belivah. Approximatley 60 community members assisted in the planting of over 3000 trees on the unseasonably warm autumn morning. They then enjoyed a well-deserved sausage sizzle and cold drink under the shade of the marquee, where guest speakers provided more information on the plants and animals found in this unique and environmentally significant area.
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 within Area 1C of the Restoration Belivah Creek Restoration Plan.
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 in April 2018, with trees growing well
- identification of three significant habitat trees within Stubbin Reserve. Mulch and native gardens have recently been installed to enhance the health of these trees and provide additional resources for the native wildlife occupying the tree hollows
- commencement of rehabilitation/weeding works in areas adjacent to Alexander Watt Park (area 3B within the Plan)
- commencement of rehabilitation/weeding works within Willmann Park, adjacent to the 2018 community planting area.
- rehabilitation/weeding works in Area 3H, Alexander Watt Park, will commence eary April 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