The following is a speech made by Steve Minnikin MP, State Member for Chatsworth in Queensland Parliament on 15 November 2012.
(2.57 pm): I rise today to share with the House the wonderful work of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, known affectionately in our Chatsworth community as B4C. Since launching in 1997, B4C has been hard at work in the south-east suburbs of Brisbane. From their sustainability centre located in the heart of the Chatsworth electorate, they have coordinated ongoing projects to protect the surrounding bushland reserves at Whites Hill, Belmont Hills, Minnippi and Mount Gravatt. They have also worked tirelessly to rehabilitate the fragile ecosystems at Bulimba Creek, Tingalpa Wetlands and Salvin Park amongst others. These efforts have been rewarded by a number of prestigious awards, including the National River Prize in 2005, two Landcare Queensland awards in 2001 and 2009, and four healthy waterways community group awards awarded between 2003 and 2011.
A key factor in B4C’s success is their commitment to developing successful partnerships with the state government, the Brisbane City Council and private enterprise. These partnerships have enabled B4C to deliver revegetation and rehabilitation projects following major construction projects. I commend B4C on this collaborative approach which enables positive developmental and environmental outcomes for our local Chatsworth committee.
I draw your attention, Madam Deputy Speaker, to the Tingalpa Wetlands project — a crowning achievement for B4C which commenced some 15 years ago. Working in partnership with the Brisbane City Council and private enterprise, B4C has successfully rehabilitated the wetlands, which are home to over 200 species of native fauna including koala, squirrel gliders and flying foxes. The rejuvenated wetlands are now used to educate our young people about their local environment and the importance of conservation.
It was my absolute pleasure to join B4C recently for a tree-planting day in the Bulimba Creek catchment. I was overwhelmed by the number of people who volunteered to help with the planting. It is this eagerness and community spirit that makes B4C such an integral part of our Chatsworth community. Each month volunteers dedicate approximately 1,100 hours of their time to aid B4C in achieving their impressive environmental outcomes. These volunteers range from retirees to students and local community groups in the Chatsworth electorate, such as the Scouts, Rotary and Lions services clubs.
I would like to commend each and every one of these fantastic volunteers for their efforts. B4C’s mission is to be the thin green line providing the link between people and their natural environment. I have no doubt that, through their partnerships, educational programs and strong voluntary presence, B4C is doing a wonderful job of achieving this mission by making the Chatsworth community appreciate our precious natural surrounds. They are to be thoroughly congratulated on their outstanding work.