Eco Village Earth Carers

Group name:

Eco Village Earth Carers

Group name:

Currumbin Creek Care (CCC)           

Key Partners: 

Gold Coast City Council – Natural Areas Management Unit
SEQ Catchments

Size of group:

Average of 10-14 attendees per month    

Location:

The lower freshwater reaches of Currumbin Creek, a stretch of 2.4 kilometres on the southern side of Currumbin Creek Road between Nicoll’s Crossing and Pocock’s Bridge in the Currumbin Valley

Description of area of interest:

Currumbin Creek is in the southernmost catchment on the Gold Coast, adjacent to the Queensland and New South Wales border. It originates on the Springbrook plateau and flows approximately 20 kilometres through the Currumbin Valley to the ocean at Currumbin.

Surrounding the CCC site are rural and rural residential blocks, urban residential estates and parkland. Midway along the site is a high-flow bypass weir that allows overflow into a constructed lake along Aqua Promenade, while the main creek channel flows alongside into another man-made lake in Robert Neumann Park. The main lake forms the interface with the upper estuarine reaches below Pocock’s Bridge.

Prior to clearing for agriculture and grazing, the high rainfall, topography and fertile soils of the valley supported a complex mixture of riverine rainforest and wet eucalypt vegetation types. Extensive clearing, particularly on the valley floor has reduced the riparian vegetation to a narrow fringe on the edge of the creek. Increased creek flows, runoff from surrounding land and access by stock have further damaged the native vegetation and encouraged invasion by weeds.

This section of Currumbin Creek was been identified by the Gold Coast City Council as a priority for rehabilitation. Previous gravel extraction and the creation of the lakes significantly altered the hydrology of the creek. The site is subjected to high velocity flows and very high sediment loads during heavy rain events. Several areas of the bank are experiencing undercutting and erosion particularly around the weir.

Objectives:           

Currumbin Creek Care (CCC) and the the Gold Coast City Council (GCCC) have been working collectively to stabilise and rehabilitate this 2.4km of riparian vegetation on private and public lands in the lower reaches of the Currumbin Creek between Nicoll’s Crossing and Pocock’s Bridge. An extensive riparian and habitat rehabilitation / and detailed design plan for the area has been prepared for GCCC by Australian Wetland Pty Ltd. These plans will act as a management tool for the GCCC and the community to work towards improving the quality and extend of the riparian vegetation corridors and to improve stream bank stability.

An assessment of the 2.4km reach and individual properties has been undertaken by the Natural Areas Management Unit of the GCCC and comprehensive restoration plans for eight individual landowner properties have been prepared by GCCC for each landholder in the area. This project aligns with the GCCC Currumbin Catchment Management Plan.

The project goals include:

  • Stabilise creek bank & improve water quality
  • Rehabilitate vegetation, restore corridors and prevent invasive weed spread
  • Develop capacity of local residents in practical land management skills

An equally important aim of this project is to train the community so they can supply appropriate weed control techniques to their properties. Skills will be regularly upgraded in an “on the job” situation.

History:                

The CCC is a voluntary bushcare group, formed in June 2007, comprising local landholders and concerned residents of Currumbin Valley. It has successfully applied for a Grant from SEQ Catchments via Gold Coast Catchment Association Inc with the assistance of both Gold Cost City Council (GCCC) officers and SEQ Catchments Community Partnership Manager.

Projects:

Refer to Zone Map

Zone 1   Nicholls Crossing Bridge downstream to the eastern property boundary of   Currumbin Creek Road (Greer’s property)

  • Approximate size: 700 metres   
  • Weeds being managed:  Madeira Vine and Cat’s Claw Creeper, Freckle Face and Broad-leaf Paspalum, very large Camphor Laurel trees
  • Type of vegetation being restored: Riparian
  • How long the site has been managed:  Not yet started
  • Percentage complete: 0%

Zone 2  Ecovillage Estate

  • Approximate size: 800 metres
  • Weeds being managed: Madeira Vine and Cat’s Claw Creeper, Freckle Face and Broad-leaf Paspalum, very large Camphor Laurel trees
  • Type of vegetation being restored: Riparian
  • How long the site has been managed:  6 months
  • Percentage complete: 30%

Zone 3  Properties along Currumbin Creek Reach, between the Council easement and the lake in Robert Neumann Park

  • Approximate size: 1000 metres   
  • Weeds being managed: Madeira Vine and Cat’s Claw Creeper, Freckle Face and Broad-leaf Paspalum, very large Camphor Laurel trees
  • Type of vegetation being restored: Riparian
  • How long the site has been managed:  18 months 
  • Percentage complete: 50%

Zone 4   Robert Neumann Park.

  • Approximate size: Area approximately 0.4 hectares
  • Weeds being managed:
  • Type of vegetation being restored:
  • How long the site has been managed:  Not yet started
  • Percentage complete: 0%

Other information:

CCC works closely with the Currumbin EcoVillage Earthcarers Group (EVE Co-ordinator is Alex Jakimoff) and has had a number of combined planting days in Nov and Dec 2008 with up to 42 volunteers attending.

Time of field days:

Third Saturday of each month other than Dec /Jan

Contact Details:

Primary contact person
Name John Thannhauser
Phone Number 07 55345355
Mobile 0409 360 512 
Email               thanass@ozemail.com.au 
Secondary contact person
Name Peter Dare 
Phone Number 07 5593 9727  
Email               peterjdare@optusnet.com.au

 

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