Events and activities:
The Carwoola Landcare Group is made up of about 20 people from the rural residential area surrounding the first 15km or so of the Captains Flat Road, east of Queanbeyan. The members represent a cross-section of the community, with some just enjoying life on a bush block, others trying an agricultural activity such as grapes, olives, alpacas, goats, sheep or cattle, but all sharing a common concern for loss of biodiversity.
This concern is expressed in past and current projects, which aim to conserve and enhance remnant vegetation by fencing and planting linking corridors. The area includes some of the best remnants of native vegetation in what used to be Yarrowlumla Shire, and we have been fortunate to have some of these declared Nature Reserves in 2001.
The group is concerned with water quality and one current project involves a pilot project to control willows on the Molonglo River. This project aims to assess the cost of control over a kilometre stretch of the river, killing and removing willows, revegetating as necessary, monitoring the long term results (as with all the projects). There is still a viable remnant native vegetation component that could re-establish if the willows are removed. The willows on the Molonglo are becoming senescent, and are subject to collapse, which could lead to choking of the river and loss of the remnant vegetation. Reports prepared for the group are available for download from the Downloads page.
We understand that if something is not done now, the task will be much more difficult and expensive to do in the future, if possible at all. The group also has a small, but highly visible project rehabilitating a section of the AGL pipeline easement where it crosses Whiskers Creek beside the Captains Flat Road, which involves willow control and revegetation. The group proposed the project to AGL who were delighted to be involved.
Being in a rural residential area, particularly one close to Queanbeyan and Canberra, there is a relatively high turnover in the population as people transfer to other cities, or find that the rural residential life is not as expected. Another of the group's objectives, therefore, is to raise and maintain the awareness of environmental issues. Regular meetings (generally the fourth Tuesday of each month), with invited guest speakers to discuss issues such as changes in legislation, biodiversity, and sustainable agriculture, help to achieve this. Fields days are held to identify weeds, plant trees and monitor water quality.
For the past year Queanbeyan City Council has been working with the University of Canberra, Carwoola Landcare, the Department of Environment and Conservation as well as many local community groups, to produce a book for the residents of Queanbeyan.
BUSHWISE IN QUEANBEYAN: living with bushland was launched on 27th July 2006 . The book is a great community resource, as it offers an abundance of local knowledge on environmental issues.
BUSHWISE IN QUEANBEYAN: living with bushland is a free book. It will be distributed in early August to all residents whose properties are next to bushland.
The booklet is now out of print, but an electronic copy can be downloaded from the resources page.
If you have any enquiries about BUSHWISE IN QUEANBEYAN: living with bushland, please contact Natasha Abbott of Council’s Environmental Services, on 6285 6268.
Carwoola has some of the best remnant vegetation in the region; discover what might be on your block ...
Do you know what native plants are growing on your property? Despite years of grazing, the variety of plants on properties in Carwoola can be enormous. Some of these are listed as endangered, others are locally rare, some of our local orchids appear very seldom, some plants look like weeds, while many just have a story to tell. Whatever, understanding the variety of plants helps to understand what makes a habitat for insects, lizards and birds, as well as larger mammals.
Carwoola Landcare held its annual Spring Wildflower Walk 2012 on Sunday 21 October. Once again Ros Cornish from the Australian Native Plant Society guided us through the fantastic local flora. Local birdo, Martin Butterfield, from the Canberra Ornithologists Group also helped spot and identify the local bird species.
See the Carwoola Plants in Flower website maintained by Ros Cornish and John Wilkes for what's flowering now or have a look at the wrap-up from the 2007 Wildflower Walk, the 2010 Wildflower Walk and the 2012 Wildflower Walk.
If you don't know your blue devil from a scotch thistle or Poa tussock from serrated tussock then here’s a chance to learn the differences. Why waste time and effort removing something that you don’t need to (or shouldn’t!) remove?
Carwoola Landcare, Queanbeyan City Council and Palerang Council jointly conduct one or two field days to assist landholders to identify the most common noxious weeds, why they are noxious weeds and how to control them. There will be plenty of information leaflets available and if you don’t go away confident that you’ll be able to manage the weeds on your property, we’ll have to make you come back for the next one. You’ll also learn about some of our native plants and the “garden thugs” that could be the weeds of the future.
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