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Restoring Belivah Creek

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.

The area has been identified by an expert ecologist as containing high potential for a variety of threatened species and communities, but it needs to be restored to its natural vegetation community. 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. Restoring the site will also help to improve water quality flowing through the catchment out 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.

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 Restoration Areas Concept Plan.

The launch of Restoring Belivah Creek was held on Sunday 22nd April (Earth Day) 2018 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.  After the official launch of  the project, participants snacked on a well-earned sausage sizzle supplied by Rotary Beenleigh.  They heard experts explain why the area is so important and what Logan City Council are doing to restore the creek.

Stalls from Wildlife Preservation Society, Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Conservation Network, Albert Valley Wilderness Society, Native Plants Queensland and Wildcare provided information to community members and information from Birds Queensland, Friends of Plunket and Fire Ants was available.  Council staff were also on hand to provide more information on Land for Wildlife, Bushcare and weeds. The event was very well attended and all community members enjoyed their day.

Council are now in the process of seeking quotes for contractors to begin restoration works on the adjacent Area 1C of the plan.  It is envisaged that these works will commence prior to March 2019. Works including weed eradication and riparian planting have recently commenced in Area 3B in Alexander Watt Park.

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 environment@logan.qld.gov.au.

Image courtesy of Daryl Baumgartner