Clontarf Eco Project (Silcock Street)
In conjunction with the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Federal Government (Green Army Program) the Forum is working on a number of rehabilitation projects within the Hays Inlet Catchment area. These projects include:
- Hays Inlet Green Army Project 1 (completed)
- Hays Inlet Green Army Project 2 (underway)
- Hays Inlet Green Army Project 3 (scheduled for September 2016)
- Koala Habitat enhancement project (underway)
- Hays Inlet Bushcare Group
- Hays Inlet Festival
Koala Habitat Enhancement
The Silcock Street Park at Clontarf acts as a buffer zone to the Hays Inlet wetlands and is characterised by stands of Melaleuca, Casuarina and Eucalypt. The Eucalypt provides important habitat for Koala and one goal of the eco-project is to enhance this ecotone. In order to ensure the rehabilitation project is a success it is important to collect current information on the biodiversity within the area. One project is to conduct bio-assessment profiles for the various habitat types within the area. The video on the right shows the team at work.
Melaleuca Seed Propagation
A significant part of the project site contains Melaleuca forest which provides important habitat for the local wildlife. The conditions, including rainfall regime, soil and general hydrology can have an impact on the viability of vegetation. By using plants generated from the local area, the chances of propagation is improved. In this video Chris Joyce from REF Inc shows you how to collect the seed of Melaleuca for propagation. The seeds collected here, were propagated by students of Deception Bay High and were successfully planted in the park area.
Treating Woody Perennial Weeds
Some woody weeds, including the significant "Broad-leafed Pepper" have a destructive impact on our wetland habitats where they can dominate the landscape and shade out many of our endemic flora. They are very difficult to remove and require the techniques of cutting and painting with a herbicide as well as removing their berries from the site. In this video Chris Joyce outlines some of the key techniques around removing these noxious weeds.