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Griffith Mates Bushwalk

By: Michael Fox

I joined neighbors Matt, Maya and Louie today for a walk to Sandstone Lookout, Toohey Forest.

As part of Orientation Week activities I am leading a walk-in-the-bush next Sunday for Griffith Mates. Griffith Mates are student volunteers who assist in orientation of  international by providing new students with a memorable first experience of life in Australia and at Griffith University.

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Hakea florulenta flower

The Nathan Ridge Track starts at the Ring Road opposite the North Path. The track has a high quality smooth bitumen surface ideal for young children on push-bikes.

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Hakea florulenta seed pods

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We found an unexpected range of plants flowering even in mid-winter. An interesting example is the distinctive Hakea florulenta flowers, buds and seed pods. This species normally flowers in spring, around September/October so a winter flowering was unexpected.

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The first time I found these plants I thought they must be wattles because of the leaf shape. However, the flowers and seed pods a very distinctive.

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Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis

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We also saw a number of different bird species including Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris and my first sighting of a very cute Fan-tailed Cuckoo Cacomantis flabelliformis.

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Koala scratches

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The side track to Sandstone Lookout goes through a stand of eucalyptus with multiple Koala scratches.

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Maya and Louis – kids being kids

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Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa

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Sandstone Lookout is one of my favorite places in Toohey Forest and an ideal place for kids to be kids.

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On our return I could not pass up this photography opportunity presented when the afternoon light picked out this Hairpin Banksia Banksia spinulosa.

Mimosa Creek is beautiful crystal clear stream rising in Toohey Forest before it flows under the Pacific Motorway reappearing beside Klumpp Road, meandering through Roly Chapman Reserve where, if you are quiet, you will often see turtles.

Mimosa Creek Precinct is the reach between the Pacific Motorway and Clairvaux MacKillop College, also including three potential wildlife corridors connecting with Mt Gravatt Reserve.

In developing the Mimosa Creek Precinct Landscape Plan, Mt Gravatt Environment Group aims to provide a community focused approach to environmental restoration of this important habitat with a variety of owners including BCC, Main Roads Dept, Translink, Hibiscus Sport Centre (local & state government), community organisations, schools and private owners. The term Landscape Plan comes from the excellent Birds in Backyards – Best Practice Guidelines, and is used to encompass this complex ownership mix.

Download the plan here: Mimosa Creek Precinct Landscape Plan – ver 1.6 (web) It does not take long to read: it is mostly Google Earth pictures. Appendix PDF files: Roly Chapman Bushcare Plan – ver 1.5 Fox Gully Bushcare Plan 2011 – ver 3.6 Mt Gravatt Strategic Plan – ver1.0

The environment is the key focus of this Plan, however, building and maintaining long-term financial and community commitment requires identification of business opportunities and community benefits derived from habitat restoration.

We have already identified a number of direct community benefits from implementation of the Landscape Plan. Identifying business opportunities that directly contribute to restoration of Mimosa Creek Precinct, is not as obvious. However, to quote Peter Drucker:

“Every single social and global issue of our day is a business opportunity in disguise.”

BizEd july/august 2008

Read the Fox Gully blog post Business Goes Bush in Mt Gravatt.

What community and business opportunities can you identify?