Media Statement - funding approved for self-guided walks in the bush

Media Statement – funding approved for self-guided walks in the bush – Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve

By: Michael Fox

Support of an Everyone’s Environment Grant will allow us to open Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve to the community in a completely new way.

As the Minister’s media release says, 2013 will be busy as the concept is to duplicate the popular self-guided Summit Track walk for the whole walking track network in the Reserve.

A partnership with Brisbane City Council will see the installation of station markers at points

Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve walking tracks

Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve walking tracks

of interest. Mt Gravatt Environment Group will research the flora, fauna and geology while drawing on the knowledge of groups such as Mt Gravatt Historical Society to present the human story of the mountain.

The first stage of research has already been completed as Jon and Karla Henry have used GPS technology to map the walking tracks including some of the relatively unknown tracks like the link from the Scout Hall on Logan Road.

I acknowledge the strong support of Ian Walker, Member for Mansfield, who has worked with us at Bushcare sites, joined our planning meetings and talked about our work with colleagues and in parliament:

“The degree to which community involvement at a voluntary level enhances the life of the residents of Mansfield is immense. In addition to the P&Cs, Meals on Wheels, Neighbourhood Watch and sporting groups—go the Vultures—are groups like the Mount Gravatt Environment Group, which does a magnificent job looking after Mount Gravatt and its environs …” Ian Walker MP, Maiden Speech to Queensland Parliament

I also acknowledge the valuable advice and support provided by, the often forgotten, department members in both, the state Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, and BCC Local Asset Services.