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Aug 302012

More than 25 community groups and organisations on Brisbane’s south side, from Ipswich to Moreton Bay, are banding together to celebrate their achievements and raise community awareness of the need to preserve and enhance south east Queensland’s catchments and natural areas.

The groups are supporting the third Peaks to Points Festival, running from 1-16 September.

Peaks to Points Festival Chairperson, Lynn Whitfield said the festival aimed to encourage the community to explore our natural areas and find out what is being done by to improve our environment by the various groups on Brisbane’s south side.

“The creek catchments and natural areas on Brisbane’s south side are home to an abundance of native wildlife, from yellow-bellied gliders, magpie geese, and the Wallum froglet, to the green-thighed frog, black-necked stork, whistling kite and koala,” Ms Whitfield said.

“In all, there are about 24 endangered species relying on south side catchments and natural areas for their survival, along with 24 types of endangered flora.

“The Festival program includes more than 30 environmental, arts and cultural activities aimed at raising community awareness of the ecological importance and diversity of these catchments and of the work that community groups are doing to restore and enhance these natural areas for all of us to enjoy,” Ms Whitfield said.

“Events being held in the eastern suburbs include an open day at the Carindale Sustainability Centre, a picnic to celebrate the opening of the refurbished Norman Creek Community Resource, Environment and Education Centre at Greenslopes, a worms and compost workshop at Holland Park State High School, and a revegetation day and free BBQ lunch at Riverside Rocks Park at Murarrie.

“Most festival activities are free of charge and many events are interactive, so they’re suitable for all ages.”

For a full Festival program please visit Copies of the program may also be obtained through the Oxley Creek Catchment Association by calling 3278 2899.

The Peaks to Points Festival is supported by the Brisbane City Council, Quest Community Newspapers, Healthy Waterways, Brisbane Markets Limited, Aveo, MECU Bank, Transpacific, SIMS Metal Management, Redland City Council, Logan City Council and Ipswich City Council.

Peaks to Points Festival events in the south eastern suburbs

Sustainable living on show

Venture into the wonderful world of sustainable gardening at the Carindale Sustainability Centre Open Day. The centre features vegie patches, a sensory garden, bush tucker garden and some very happy chooks! Includes free BBQ lunch. Event hosted by Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc. and made possible by an Energex Community Grant and the Bulimba Creek Environment Fund.

Details: Saturday 1 September, 9am to 1pm. Southside Sustainability Centre, corner of Wright St and 1358 Old Cleveland Rd, Carindale. For information contact Heather Barns or 0410 840 343.

Give Bulimba Creek a boost

Help to create habitat for native wildlife by planting trees at Carindale Recreation Reserve, a green haven in the midst of the eastern suburbs. Bulimba Creek flows through the reserve, providing a vital corridor for the movement of native animals. Join a guided walk of the area and finish with a morning tea. Event hosted by the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc.

Details: Saturday 8 September, 9am to 11am. Carindale Recreation Reserve, entry is in Bedivere St, Carindale.   For information contact Heather Barns on 0410 840 343 or

Discover the wonders of worms and composting!

Get your garden set for spring with a free compost and worm farm workshop.  Learn how to recycle your organic waste to create rich, nutritious soil for your garden. The workshop will provide comprehensive information about composting and worm farming. Refreshments provided. Bookings essential.  Event hosted by the Brisbane City Council.

Details: Saturday 15 September, 9am to midday. Holland Park State High School, Bapaume Road, Holland Park West.  To book email (preferred) or phone Brisbane City Council on 3403 8698

Join the first Revegetation Day for new park at Murarrie

Join others from across the city for the Brisbane River Corridor Inaugural Riparian Revegetation Day at the Riverside Rocks Park, under the twin Sir Leo Hielscher Bridges at Murarrie. The event includes a tree planting activity and a free BBQ lunch. Learn more about Brisbane’s many catchments through a range of displays. Event hosted by Brisbane Catchments Network.

Details: Saturday 15 September, 10am to 12.30pm, Riverside Rocks Park, Metroplex Avenue, Murarrie. For details contact Louise Orr on 0439 024 400 or

Picnic and music under the trees at Norman Creek

Celebrate the opening of the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (N4C) refurbished green-focussed community building. Enjoy food, wine and song while learning about the natural environment and the first whole of catchment urban water resources management project in Australia, Norman Creek 2012-31, presented by Brisbane City Council and N4C.   The event includes face painting, a children’s mural/collage activity, lunchtime BBQ, live music and entertainment, food stalls, art displays, and a basket making workshop for adults.   Event hosted by the Norman Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee.

Details: Saturday 15 September, midday to 4pm, N4C Community Resource, Environment and Education Centre, 66 Baron St, Greenslopes. BYO picnic rug. For details contact Damien Madden on 0438 118 580 or 

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