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2014-05-30 Esme Lahey Park - SRRC signEsme Park has had extensive regeneration work over many years and has a small creek (a bit dry currently) that flows to the Eastern side of the mountain. It has bitumen walking paths and name posts for some trees. Esme Lahey Park

Esme Street was named after Esme Lahey who was a member of the prestigious Lahey family. Her brother, Romeo, was an environmental campaigner and was largely responsible for the preservation and protection of Lamington National Park, while her sister, Vida, was a well known artist.




2014-05-30 Esme Lahey Park - Bridge over creek near Esme StEsme, too, was an avid environmentalist and talented artist. Later in her life she lived for about 15 years at the eastern end of Licuala Drive. The street was named after her when the subdivision in that area occurred in the 1980s. As required in all subdivisions, a section of land was set aside for community use, hence the formation of Esme Street Environmental Reserve. This is an area of natural sclerophyll forest with a rainforest understorey and follows the creek draining the area.

2014-05-30 Esme Lahey Park - Friend or Foe StoryOver the years the Reserve or Park became infested with weeds, mainly Morning Glory and Lantana. Most years volunteers such as the Scouts, Weedbusters and others worked at clearing the weeds but without regular follow-up the weeds kept coming back. Persistence by various volunteers over many years has regenerated and kept the Park a native plant environment which also supplies some educational purpose through tree identifications and story boards. It has often been used for school tours.

For the first 10 year history of Esme Lahey Park - go here.


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