Local Community & GCCC
Hardys Rd Mudgeeraba
Description of your area of interest:
To develop natural ecosystems to showcase the local vegetation and fauna and the removal of environmental weeds which threaten the integrity of the bushland.
- To maintain the health, appearance and integrity of the developed recreation areas and bushland.
- To enable people to walk along short well-graded walking paths to experience healthy and diverse bushland in a setting close to a major urban area.
This parkland (covering 62 hectares) was the first Mudgeeraba land to be settled by Europeans in 1869. The original vegetation has been highly modified in the past 140 years as a result of
- Timber cutting for sawmills and fence posts and rails,
- Grazing by beef and dairy cattle,
- Construction of water pipelines and powerlines,
- Invasion by introduced pasture legumes and escapees from gardens, and
- Dam construction.
About 20 hectares is still being grazed by cattle with the balance (40 hectares) utilised for intensive recreational pursuits, passive recreational uses and conservation of various vegetation habitat types.
April 1999 marked the beginning of our bushcare group and the launch of the GCCC Beaches to Bushland Program. Vegetation surveys over the past 10 years have revealed a total of 356 vascular plant species in the park. This comprises 246 native (endemic) species (69%) and 110 introduced species (31%). The majority of these plants are located in the remnant patches of vegetation at the front of the park and along Bonogin Creek and gully lines. They do not include planted natives of which there are 376 species although there is some overlap with endemic species.
Our approach to vegetation has been multi-pronged. We have tried to maintain patches of remnant vegetation by enhanced natural regeneration where possible. Removing exotic weeds such as *Lantana camara and pasture legumes has allowed the natural vegetation to regenerate strongly from seedling recruitment and other regeneration methods. In areas where some native vegetation still existed but were degraded, we used a combination of natural regeneration and planting of native tubestock suited to the conditions in those sites and compatible with the species mix found in intact areas of similar vegetation found in the local area.
In other totally degraded areas exhibiting little or no natural regeneration due to changed soil, drainage and weed infestation, we have chosen complete restoration from stage 1 succession though stages 2 and 3 as time goes on. This method was used successfully in Little Gully, Rainforest Gully and the Melaleuca Wetland near the dam on Hardys Road. Species chosen were grown in a local nursery from seed and cuttings sourced from the local catchment and compatible with the vegetation naturally found growing locally in similar habitats.
We now have identified seven separate vegetation types on the park each catering for slightly different wildlife habitat, giving us lots of diversity. These distinct vegetation types are:
- Dry Sclerophyll Forest (RE 12.11.5)
- Moist Sclerophyll Forest (RE 12.11.3)
- Riparian Rainforest – Sub-tropical Rainforest (RE 112.3.1)
- Dry Vine Scrub (RE 12.11.10)
- Melaleuca Wetland (RE 12.3.5 and RE 12.3.6)
- Sedgeland (RE 12.3.8)
- Grassland (No RE) but very important for grass bird habitat.
- Picnic Areas with Electric BBQs.
- Fenced Leash-free Area for Dogs
- Graded Walking Tracks
Time of field days:
Every Saturday 8:00am – 10:00 am
Location of field days:
Meet near toilets in main picnic area. If late look on the gate near the transpiration pits for a map outlining the area we are working in that day.
|Primary contact person|
|Phone Number||07 5530 5299|
|Mobile||0418 745 623|
|Secondary contact person|
|Phone Number||(07) 5530 5175|
|Mobile||0414 373 929|