March 13th 2013
Are you a potter-upperer? Or do you have a store of little native seedlings lovingly grown from seeds found on the island?
That's because a group of local environment and community groups have recently received a grant to help restore local creeks and potted up native seedlings will be needed.
The groups have combined to be called Magnetic Island Creek Rescue (MICR) and they would love to hear from you. MICR is Magnetic Island Nature Care, Magnetic Island Community Development, Geoffrey Bay and Olympus Crescent Coastcare groups and North Queensland Conservation Council.
The groups recently collaborated to win an Everyone’s Environment grant from the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in order to remove rubbish and weeds from a number of creeks around the Island and then to re-plant, where necessary, with local native seedlings. The aim is to improve the health and resilience of creeks that flow into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, restore the natural beauty of some degraded urban areas, and in the process enhance the Island experience for residents and visitors.
A spokesperson, Lorna Hempstead AM, told Magnetic Times, “Some members of the team have been propagating local plants for a while now, but if there is anyone who can help with the supply it would be much appreciated. We are, however, only interested in local native trees, shrubs and grasses – but if you are not sure if what you have is suitable, please call Wendy on 47581003 or Gary on 47785606.”
“In some places, the removal of rubbish and weeds will be enough to allow the native vegetation to thrive, but in other areas we will help things along by planting suitable local native specimens.”