This month marks twenty years of the Tamborine Bush Volunteers (TBV). Late in 1987 Jenny Schultz talked to Tamborine National Park ranger, John Johnstone, about forming a group of volunteers to help with work in Tamborine National Park.
In March 1988 a public meeting was held in the TMNHA Information Centre to inform the public of the intention to form a new volunteer group for the Mountain. People came to hear officers from QPWS outline the operations of a volunteer group that would run under the auspices of the Service to help maintain the National Park and assist with community projects on the Mountain. The Tamborine Bush Volunteers group was formed.
The first volunteer activity was held in May 1988. Over the years conditions have varied, with member numbers fluctuating, tasks performed in both the cool of the rainforests or the heat of a fire break, but the group continues to be of use to the Service while giving people the opportunity of constructive activity in the natural environment. Some projects involved revegetating the riparian areas on private land and Council reserves.
Projects undertaken by the TBV: Building and repairing lookouts; walking track & picnic area maintenance; weed eradication & revegetation; clearing fire breaks and back‑burning; building foot bridges over streams, painting of park buildings, fences, sign; maintenance of TBV Rehabilitation Nursery; plant propagation from local seed stock.
Other activities: Participating in Weed Busters Weeks, Clean‑up Australia Days, Hinterland Nature Days, Pirralilla "open day", Wildlife workshops.
Since 1997 Len Lowry has coordinated the group which for the past three years been self‑managed. Rangers were withdrawn from weekend supervising duties due to budget constraints and the group's capabilities. The coordinator ensures QPWS is advised of activities and that all members adhere to Service regulations.
In recent years Pirralilla Section has been the group's major achievement. In late 1995, lantana clearing was commenced with the first revegetation activity in February 1996. This has been ongoing and the complete section (both upper and lower portions) has been transformed from lantana jungle to lush rainforest which is now a haven for wildlife.
The group is informal with any relevant business being discussed over the "morning cuppa." The Volunteers are a happy band of workers who enjoy contributing to the maintenance of Tamborine National Park. In 20 years, the TBV have made a significant impact.
The TBV meet on the first Saturday of the month and new members are always welcome. Contact the TBV Coordinator