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Formed in 1996 with 12 members, the Oak Valley Landcare Group was awarded
an Environmental Excellence Award by Townsville City Council.

Oak Valley
Landcare Group

Community  Tree Planting at Sach's Creek
Community Tree Planting at Sach's Creek

The Oak Valley Landcare Group was formed in 1996 with a total of 12 resident members with the aim to rehabilitate Sach's Creek at Oak Valley.

The group is committed to the Landcare ethic and raising community awareness of the need for vegetation management. The group has been awarded an Environmental Excellence Award 1998 by Townsville City Council.

Aims of the Project

  • To protect and enhance the remnant vegetation

  • To reduce and control weed species

  • To reduce fire hazards

  • To increase habitat opportunities for native fauna

  • ĚReduce erosion by stabilising creek banks with tree plantings

  • To raise community awareness of the need for vegetation management

Project Description

Young Oak Valley residents enjoy a TCC-EMS Environmental Open DayThe Sach's Creek first "Working Bee" commenced in August 1996 with the following tasks been undertaken by the Oak Valley Landcare Group.

  • Weed Management

    • Eradication of Rubber Vine, Chinee Apple and Lantana

    • Group efforts were initially concentrated on areas adjacent to a creek crossing

    • October 1997, efforts were concentrated at the Oak Valley Park site

    • Removal of woody weeds along the bank of Sach's Creek.

    • Weed management is ongoing at the site

  • Propagation

    • Seed has been collected locally and propagation from this local gene pool will form the basis of all plantings.

    • Most of the plantings have been propagated by the group, with others being provided by the Townsville City Council.

    • Considerable numbers of locally propagated plants have been donated to the Townsville City Council Nursery and TUPALG (Tropical Urban Production and Landcare Group)

  • Planted over 2000 locally occurring tree species to restore the riparian vegetation. Planting and mulching commenced in November 1996. Some losses from drought and flooding.

  • Seedlings watered initially by bucket however the reticulation of town water to Oak Valley will assist the Oak Valley Landcare Group with water for the revegetation sites. Tap to be installed at Oak Valley Park in 2004


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Community Education

  • Nature walks with Society for Growing Australian Plants (SGAP)
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  • Weedbuster Days every year for the past 7 years

  • Information Day with weed control demonstration by Department of Natural Resources

  • Girl Guides (environmental badge)

  • Planet Ark Day (1998) Oak Valley Landcare Group contributed 40 seedlings towards planting at Stuart State School

  • Oak Valley Catchment Tour

For more information contact:
Landcare 4721 4322
Townsville City Council 4727 9312

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