Saturday 19 July to Sunday 3 August 2014 | Celebrating the diverse natural environment of greater Brisbane’s southern region, from the dramatic heights of Flinders Peak near Ipswich, to the tranquil waters of Moreton Bay.

2014 Events

2014 Events

The Peaks to Points Festival program  includes more than 40 environmental, arts and cultural activities aimed at highlighting the community’s efforts to restore and protect Brisbane’s south side catchments. 2014 P2P Festival Program low res

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Festival Program

Festival Program

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Jul
19
Sat
Find solutions to your thorny problems @ Deniven Street Park
Jul 19 @ 6:30 am – 10:00 am

Ever wondered if one of your garden plants is actually a weed? Ask the experts at this event in Deniven Sreet Park, Corinda. Weeds Agronomist, Trevor Armstrong, can answer all your questions about weeds. Trevor will give practical tips for identifying weeds and demonstrate control techniques. Bring flowering specimens of your weeds for identification and control advice.

While you’re there, join members of the Pennywort Creek Bushcare Group in their planting and restoration works at the park. Help convert weedy infestations to desirable native habitats with mosquito-eating fish in cleaner creek water and other healthier environments, free of competing problem woody weeds, prickles, allergic or poisonous threats to people and pets.

The event includes a guided walk in the park to view rare plants such as Shield Pennywort and the Angle-stemmed Myrtle downstream near the junction of Pennywort and Oxley Creeks. Finish with morning tea in nearby George Scarlett Park.

Please bring sun protection, gloves, drinking water and wear waterproof shoes. This is a free function with morning tea provided (please RSVP for catering purposes).

Event hosted by Oxley Creek Catchment Association and the Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane program.

Discover Coopers Plains with leading Brisbane historian @ Coopers Plains Library
Jul 19 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Take a guided walk around Coopers Plains with leading Brisbane historian and author, Beryl Roberts.

Take a guided walk around Coopers Plains with leading Brisbane historian and author, Beryl Roberts.

Take a walk around Coopers Plains with leading Brisbane historian, Beryl Roberts, author of the popular reference book Naming Brisbane.

Did you know Coopers Plains was originally known as Cowpers Plains, named after Dr Henry Cowper, who was assistant surgeon in the Moreton Bay penal settlement? This 90 minute walk will visit the Dutch Houses, The Village, Brittain Park, Beryl Roberts Park, Lewis Hill QEII Hospital, John Tonge Centre and Science Laboratories.

Event hosted by the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc.

Jul
20
Sun
Festival Family Day presented by bmag @ Oxley Creek Common
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Enjoy free canoeing on Oxley Creek at Festival Family Day.

Enjoy free canoeing on Oxley Creek at Festival Family Day.

Come down to Oxley Creek Common for the Festival Family Day presented by bmag on Sunday 20 July from 10am to 4pm. Bask in the winter sun while enjoying live music, s entertainment and activities, hands-on workshops, information displays, orienteering around the Common, canoeing on Oxley Creek, and bike riding (BYO bike).

Are you looking to buy your children or yourself a new or pre-loved bike? Do you want to sell a bike that has been outgrown or perhaps you would like to donate one to charity? Do you like to ride with your family in beautiful surrounds? Are you keen to talk bikes with other family cycling enthusiasts? The Peaks to Points Family Bike Swap on beautiful Oxley Creek Common will feature local businesses keen to show you the latest gear and provide advice, while private sellers will be able to pass on their bike treasures.

Entry to Family Day and all activities are free!

Jul
22
Tue
Visit a new community garden in Oxley @ St John's ANglican Church
Jul 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

It’s Open Day for the new community garden established within the grounds of St John’s Anglican Church, shared with Oxley Men’s Shed. Members of the Men’s Shed will also display some of their craft work and be conducting their normal weekly Men’s Shed. Everyone is welcome to visit and you can even get involved in the community garden with the men helping others to create their own garden bed. Drop in anytime during the morning and see what’s growing in Oxley!

Join a new community garden at Oxley and grow your own lettuce!

Join a new community garden at Oxley and grow your own lettuce!

Event hosted by the Oxley Men’s Shed.

 

Go behind the wire at Greenbank @ Greenbank Military Training Area
Jul 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:45 pm

Take a bus trip to a little known part of Logan – the Greenbank Military Training Area (GBTA) – which has one of only five remaining vine forests south of the Brisbane River.

Incisions made by a Yellow Bellied Glider in the Greenbank Military Training Area.

Incisions made by a Yellow Bellied Glider in the Greenbank Military Training Area.

The GBTA is a key site for the Australian Defence Forces to train in the use of small arms and driver training, and critical to the capability of our forces.

The Department of Defence facilities at Greenbank are situated in a large area of eucalypt forest and woodland with patches of closed vine forest, which is important for maintaining a range of old growth forest types in south-east Queensland.

As a large area of intact lowland forest in the greater Brisbane region, with close proximity to more extensive bushland and being part of the Flinders-Karawatha Biodiversity Corridor, the area is a critical contemporary refuge for many species. These include the plant native coleus (Plectranthus congestus, which is listed as endangered both nationally and in Queensland, and several fauna species including at least 3 glider species, the koala and a healthy population of grey kangaroos.

The GBTA provides habitat for at least seven frog species, including the tusked frog, and at least 16 reptiles, including the eastern water dragon and the frilled lizard.

After a briefing by the local Range Control Officer, Defence staff will accompany the bus as it tours the site and takes visitors to see the facilities, which have recently been upgraded, most notably the Safe Driver Training Area.

Event supported by the Oxley Creek Catchment Association and the Department of Defence.

Cost is $20 per person. Bookings are essential. The bus departs from Corinda Railway Station, Browne St Corinda at 9:30am, returning to the station at 12:45pm. Please bring sun protection, morning tea and water. Wear covered shoes and long sleeves. To book phone the Oxley Creek Catchment Association on 3278 2899 or email occa@flatrate.net.au

Jul
23
Wed
Join a walk to White Rock @ White Rock
Jul 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
White Rock at Dusk N Power Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition Entrant

White Rock at Dusk – N Power Ipswich Enviroplan Photographic Competition Entrant

Echidnas, wallabies, kangaroos and even dingos have been observed in the White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Estate near Ipswich. The area has abundant bird life, including endangered species such as the Glossy Black Cockatoo. Caves and cliffs provide refuge for abundant wildlife including peregrine falcons, wedgetailed eagles and wallabies.

White Rock, north of the Flinders Peak complex, is in the region where the Flinders Peak – Greenbank – Karawatha biodiversity corridor turns to the east as the lowland portion of the corridor. White Rock is a white sandstone outcrop and one of many on the ridge. This area has great significance for the local Ugarapul People. Participants will have the opportunity to gain some understanding of these indigenous cultural values.

The seven kilometre walk will take about two hours. The degree of difficulty is generally easy to moderate, with a few steep sections. Participants should be of moderate fitness. Bring sturdy walking shoes, sun protection and wet weather gear, lunch, snacks and water. Bookings are essential.

Event supported by Wolston and Centenary Catchments Inc.

Celebrate a new river twinning project @ Riverheart Parklands Zone 1 (waterfall)
Jul 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Celebrate the launch of Oxley Creek Catchment Association’s International RiverFoundation Twinning Project with Ipswich City Council. The project will focus on engaging industry in waterway restoration in the Bremer River Catchment. Enjoy displays of information about the Oxley and Bremer River catchments, a catchment quiz and a delicious BBQ brunch. All welcome to this free community event!

Twinning allows river basin managers around the world to learn from those who have proven expertise in this field. The RiverFoundation’s program is focused on sharing best practice, where Riverprize winners and finalists form a partnership with another organisation and help them achieve their river restoration goals.

The best parking for Riverheart Parklands is in the Ipswich Mall, opposite, and across the road near the river. The event site is located close to the Bradfield Pedestrian Bridge.

Event supported by International RiverFoundation and the Ipswich City Council.

To register your attendance, please contact the Oxley Creek Catchment Association by emailing occa@flatrate.net.au or phoning 3278 2899.

All aboard for the sewage treatment plant bus tour! @ Corinda Train Station
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Queensland Urban Utilities operates and maintains 27 sewage treatment plants across south east Queensland, servicing almost 500,000 residences and 34,000 commercial properties. The Oxley STP treats domestic wastewater and trade waste from the southern and western regions of Brisbane, and is designed for an average dry weather flow of 67 million litres of wastewater per day. Join us for a free bus trip to the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant, and see how applied science and engineering are protecting Moreton Bay.

Covered shoes and long sleeves must be worn. Please bring sun protection, water and snacks. Bookings essential as numbers are limited. The bus will pick up participants at Corinda Railway Station, Browne St Corinda at 1.30pm, returning to the station at 4.00pm.

Event supported by Queensland Urban Utilities and the Oxley Creek Catchment Association.

Unusual destination: join a tour of the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant to see how wastewater and sewage is treated.

Unusual destination: join a tour of the Oxley Sewage Treatment Plant to see how wastewater and sewage is treated.

Jul
26
Sat
Get in the growing vibe with markets and music @ Growing Communities Nursery and Cafe
Jul 26 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
Get into vegie gardening!

Get into vegie gardening!

Visit a thriving community nursery and a relaxed and unique Once a Month Market.  Enjoy live music, a variety of market stalls, delicious food and freshly brewed espresso coffee.  Purchase edible and native seedlings, plants, mulch and locally created mushroom compost.  Free Permaculture gardening workshops are also held on market days!

The nursery is run by Growing Communities, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes sustainability education and healthy living through the establishment of productive gardens in Queensland communities and schools.  The organisation’s work is based around Permaculture principles and methods.

Find out how you can get involved in the nursery and learn more about organic gardening.

Event hosted by Growing Communities.

Explore history on foot at Coopers Plains @ Coopers Plains Library
Jul 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
A mob of sheep being driven along Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains, probably the early 1940s.

A mob of sheep being driven along Orange Grove Road, Coopers Plains, probably the early 1940s.

The early convict outstation and rural community at Cowper’s Plains (as Coopers Plains was originally known) was one of the first non-indigenous settlements in the Moreton Bay province. In 1826, a few years after the establishment of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement, Captain Patrick Logan named land eight miles south of the Brisbane River penal colony “Cowper’s Plains”; an area explored by Logan and by Allan Cunningham in 1828.

Learn more about the history and habitat of this area from local history expert and naturalist, Beryl Roberts, on a guided two hour walk. The walk will visit the site of the Cowper’s Plains Convict Outpost, the Boyland family’s property and other interesting industrial aspects of the area.

Wear comfortable shoes, and bring a hat, sunscreen and water bottle. Participants may also wish to bring a camera.

Event hosted by the Coopers Plains Local History Group Inc.

Get planting at Benarrawa Park @ Benarrawa Park
Jul 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Benarrawa Park Bushcare Group in action on Oxley Creek.

Benarrawa Park Bushcare Group in action on Oxley Creek.

The Benarrawa Bushcare Group was formed in 1994 with the aim of restoring riparian habitat along a small un-named tributary of Oxley Creek at Benarrawa Park, Corinda. The creekside was once a run down, overgrown suburban wasteland. Native fauna are slowly returning to the area, thanks to the group’s plantings of native flora such as Black Tea Tree, Cheese tree, Lomandras and native ground covers. Join the group for a tree planting and mulching activity followed by morning tea.

Event sponsored by the Brisbane City Council and the Oxley Creek Catchment Association.

Take in the view from Spring Mountain @ Spring Mountain
Jul 26 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

This eight kilometre return walk by a local field naturalist will ascend a spur to the Spring Mountain ridge, and follow the ridge to the Spring Mountain peak itself. The walk takes in outlooks in all directions.

Bookings are essential. Due to the topography, this activity is for the more serious bushwalker. The degree of difficulty is generally moderate to steep. Bring lunch, snacks and water. Meeting point information provided at time of booking.

Enjoy wonderful views across greater Brisbane at the top of Spring Mountain.

Enjoy wonderful views across greater Brisbane at the top of Spring Mountain.

Event hosted by Wolston and Centenary Catchments Inc.

BBC students get to work at Oxley Creek @ Oxley Golf Complex
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Students from Brisbane Boys’ College have teamed up with the Oxley Creek Catchment Association and SEQ Catchments to rehabilitate a site at the Oxley Golf Complex. Over the next four years, the students will work to eradicate weeds and increase native plantings along a stretch of Oxley Creek, as well as Pennywort and Mayfly Creek tributaries. The area has long been in need of rehabilitation, with extensive weed infestation and poor habitat health.

Visit the site and learn more about the work planned, finishing with morning tea (provided).

Event hosted by the Oxley Creek Catchment Association. Event supported by a Commonwealth Government Caring for Our Country grant and SEQ Catchment’s Urban Waterways Restoration project.

Grow your knowledge of Australian plants @ White Rock Conservation Park
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn about native plants on a guided walk with members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants. Photo by Heather Knowles.

Learn about native plants on a guided walk with members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants. Photo by Heather Knowles.

Learn all about native plants growing in the White Rock – Spring Mountain Conservation Park on a guided botanical walk with members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP). Members of SGAP’s Ipswich Branch will take you on a moderate level 1.4km return walk along Six Mile Creek, pointing out some of the significant species growing in the area.

There will also be short side excursions to Little White Rock and Bluff Lookout, which provide great views over the creek valley. Numbers are limited so please register.

Event hosted by the Society for Growing Australian Plants – Ipswich Branch.

Help create wildlife habitat at Tingalpa @ Tingalpa Wetlands
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Help create habitat for native wildlife by joining a tree planting event.

Help create habitat for native wildlife by joining a tree planting event.

Celebrate National Tree Day by joining members of the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc (B4C) at a planting event at Tingalpa. The tree planting activity will be followed by an ecological walk around the reserve and morning tea (supplied).

B4C members plant around 60,000 native seedlings each year at sites along Bulimba Creek, assisting with the survival of critical corridor links and habitats.

The Bulimba Creek catchment comprises a complex network of creeks and major tributaries, occupying 122 square kilometres, or about 10 per cent of Brisbane’s area. The catchment area extends from the southern suburbs of Kuraby and Runcorn to Hemmant and Murarrie in the north.

The catchment is ringed by significant remnant forest and has extensive areas along the creek corridor that can be restored. The catchment area contains 16 bushland remnants, seven freshwater wetlands and 10 significant riparian remnants.

B4C’s field workers undertake important rehabilitation and ecosystem maintenance work around the catchment – restoring degraded waterways and bushland areas, ensuring that gains that have been made in the past are maintained.

Please bring sun protection.

Event hosted by Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee Inc. Funding from a Brisbane City Council Environment Grant.



Festival Family Day presented by bmag!

A huge crowd turned out to enjoy the 2014 Festival Family Day.

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