In April 2017, the devastating impacts of ex-tropical cyclone Debbie were seen across Queensland. In response to this natural disaster, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Aurizon partnered under the Aurizon Community Giving Fund – Aurizon Recovery Grant. The aim of this partnership was to offer volunteer services to help meet the challenge of post-cyclone and flood clean-up, recovery, and the rebuilding of community morale including the restoration of natural and cultural heritage.
Formally partnering in mid-2017, CVA and Aurizon set about working together to restore the riparian zone along the Albert River at the Beenleigh RSL and Mt Warren Golf Course – Logan City. The Northern bank of the Albert River had substantial flood impacts with the river reaching record flood levels in the aftermath of cyclone Debbie. Due to this inundation, the riparian zone was substantially damaged.
Our goal was to engage and support the local community by undertaking restorative works including the removal of woody/flood-borne weeds and planting of native grasses and trees to improve water quality, stabilize banks against erosion and connect habitats.
Throughout the second half of 2017, a dedicated team of 44 local volunteers set about delivering 10 full days of conservation activities in conjunction with input from 15 Green Army participants.
- Planted over 1,200 native plants including trees, grasses, and shrubs with the aim of stabilising the river bank, and slowing and reducing the contaminant loads of future flood waters.
- Treated 6,000m2 of weed infestation on the Albert River bank to reduce the dispersion of weed seed and aid in the establishment of native riparian vegetation zones.
- Constructed fencing to demarcate the planted areas and reduce human traffic through the area for improved establishment, wildlife colonisation and reduced erosion.
- Assisted in the collection and removal of over 500kgs of flood debris.
Everyday our volunteers make a difference to the environment across Australia and New Zealand. As part of the Aurizon Recovery Grant, we have successfully completed what we set out to do and we would like to extend a big thank you to Aurizon, Beenleigh RSL and our volunteers for making this possible.
If you are interested in volunteering in Brisbane, please contact our Conservation Officer on (07) 3399 5761 or search for local events in your area.