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Cedar Creek gets a boost

 2017-02-04 FoTNP Work Event Cedar Creek Falls TNP SectionCedar Creek section of Tamborine National Park is popular destination and has one of the highest visitation rates of any national park in south east Queensland.  It has also been in the news with parking not being adequate for the number of visitors.  While most visitors cannot wait to get to the pools at the bottom of the waterfall, some visitors come to have a quiet picnic and take in the sounds and smells of the forest.  Their visit recharges their feeling of wellbeing and they leave with great memories of Cedar Creek. 


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FoTNP volunteers help injured Tamborine forest

2016-03-05 TNP - Knoll Section - below Cthe chimney_100Some 150 metres downhill behind the old stone chimney, the remains of Jack’s Cabin, on Knoll Road, Tamborine Mountain, the Friends of Tamborine National Park discovered a wound in the forest about half a hectare in size. Many years ago a forest giant died and made a hole in the rainforest canopy. What’s the problem with that you might ask? Isn’t that just a natural process? Well yes but the problem with this event is that as soon as there is a break in the canopy and enough light on the forest floor, the invasive weed species step in. Lantana and privet are the first to colonise this wound in the forest. The native pioneer plants that would heal the wound and restore the forest to healthy biodiversity do not get a chance. The invasive exotic weeds grow fast and out-compete the native trees. Once lantana has a hold, it stops the natural succession and regeneration of the forest.

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What’s in a name?

2016-02 FoTNP - TNP KnollRd Down the Slope 2The Tamborine Bush Volunteers has commenced the year with a new revegetation project in The Knoll Section of Tamborine National Park.

This dedicated group has been working on Tamborine Mountain for 28 years and has removed introduced weeds from 20 national park plots and replanted with rainforest species. Some plots have taken on the appearance of mature rainforests.

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Cedar Creek on the northern side of Curtis Road

Work on Private Land

  • Planted and maintained a wildlife corridor along the eastern side of Cedar Creek on the northern side of Curtis Road (April 2000)

Holt Park Creek

Work on Council Land

  • Weeding, planting and mulching along the creek at Holt Park (September 1998)

Work on Private Land

  • Weeded a wildlife corridor along the creek adjoining Holt Park (October 2000)

Council Reserve adjoin MacDonald Section

Work on Council Land

  • Cleared, planted and maintained small Council Reserve adjoining Macdonald Section. (1989).

Lepidozamia Grove Section

(formally Franklin, Macrozamia Grove and Zamia Grove – donated by Edwin Franklin and Frank Salisbury)

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First worked in this area in 1992

  • Cleared lantana from between the Lepidozamias and cleared bana grass from along the boundary with the adjoining property.

  • Planted a small plot to act as a screen with the adjoining property.

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TBV affiliated with National Parks Association of Queensland Inc. in 2002 and has continued this affiliation.

All projects undertaken by TBV are approved by QPWS (Gold Coast Management Unit) and the TBV has a close working relationship with these rangers and staff. The TBV has been self-managed since April 2006.

The TBV has been represented at all National Park Days since 1989 and has hosted some of these functions with the Tamborine Mountain Natural History Association Inc.

The TBV and Tamborine Mountain Landcare have worked cooperatively on two projects at Main Street, North Tamborine and Macdonnell Road, Eagle Heights.

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Copies of the excellent & definitive “ The Mistletoes of Subtropical Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria” by local authors John Moss & Ross Kendall now on sale at $27.50 from Mike Russell (5545 3601).

Book - Flora and Fauna of Tamborine Mountain

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TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN FLORA & FAUNA by Russell, Leiper, White, Francis, Hauser, McDonald & Sims is now on sale at local outlets for $15.  

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