Coochiemudlo Island Coastcare hosts National Landcare Conference delegates

DELEGATES at the National Landcare Conference have visited Coochiemudlo Island for a field trip.

It was one of two excursions to the Redlands. The other was 

Coochiemudlo Island Coastcare hosted the delegation, showing them the saturated steam weeding project, interpretive signage in the melaleuca wetlands and beach restoration following the storm surge from ex-tropical Cyclone Oswald in 2013.

The weeding project is a non-toxic method of weed control being done with rangers from Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation.

A representative from Healthy Land and Water also discussed an ongoing program to replace traditional moorings with environmental friendly sea-grass moorings.

Native bees also came under the spotlight.

A Coochiemudlo Island spokesperson said it was fitting to have QYAC ranger Brandon Martin welcome the landcarers to Country.

”There was a high degree of interest in the success of the saturated steam weeding project where Coastcare volunteers and QYAC rangers have been undertaking chemical-free weeding around the island foreshore,” the spokesperson said.

“Revegetation of denuded areas is also underway with the planting of 2500 native ground covers, grasses, shrubs and trees, many propagated in the island's native nursery.”

Weedtechnics Australia chief executive Jeremy Winer answered technical questions and oversaw application of saturated steam on a previously untreated watercourse heavily infested with Singapore daisy.

Redlands MP Kim Richards welcomed the visitors, who were from all Australian states.

The other field trip to Redlands was a Quandamooka Country discovery tour.

It included a cruise from Southbank to Dunwich (Goompi) where delegates walked along the shoreline and learned about bush tucker and medicinal bush plants.