We facilitated a series of workshops in partnership with SEQ Catchments and the City of Gold Coast. All workshops were free for the community to attend and learn about everything there is to know about Cats Claw Creeper, Biocontrol Pest Plant Management and simple techniques anyone can do to help reduce the spread of this environmental weed.
Workshop 1: Hands on introduction to Biocontrol this workshop involved an introduction to biological control for pest management, identification of Cats Claw Creeper in the field and the collection of plant material for Biocontrol rearing.
When: Sunday 9th February 2014, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Presenter: Kay Montgomery [Kay is the Director of Ecological-Connections and a trained ecologist with extensive experience in a range of biological control & ecological restoration activities]
Workshop 2: Biocontrol Rearing Facilities This workshop explored Biocontrol rearing facilities including suitable cage structures and environments.
When: Sunday 9th February 2014, 1:30pm to 3:00pm
Presenter: Kay Montgomery
Workshop 3: Provided insight for the Biocontrol Leaf-mining Jewel Beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki) which has been approved for field release. Jewel Beetles will be available at no cost for distribution to the community for known Cats Claw Creeper infestations. Orders will also be taken on the day.
When: Sunday 16th February 2014, 9:00am to 11:30am
Presenter: Liz Snow [Liz is an Experimentalist in Invasive Plant and Animals Science]
Workshop 4: ‘Free Native Tree Rescue Workshop’ was held on a private property in Advancetown to showcase the effects from the biocontrol agent – the Leaf-mining Jewel Beetle – and simple techniques anyone can learn to reduce the spread of Cat’s claw creeper. If you missed this workshop you can watch a simple training video that was produced by SEQ Catchments at the workshop.
When: Saturday 4th October 2014, 9:30am – 11:30am
Guest presenters from Regen Australia.
Workshop 5: How to control this? was held at Swift Park, Nerang in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. The aim of this workshop was to showcase the value of weed management and the outcomes the City of Gold Coast has achieved with the help of the community and ongoing investment.
When: Saturday 10th June 2016, 8am – 10am
Guest presenters from the City of Gold Coast