Over recent years we have noticed the presence of a bush turkey at the reserve. Just recently, the bush turkey population has exploded and last week I counted 7 turkeys roaming around the area, Seems like our original bush turkey has produced some offspring. Unfortunately, this has caused problems because the turkeys are scratching out some of the shrubs which we had planted at previous sessions. On Saturday 18th June, we placed a thick coating of mulch over the worst affected bed - the St Paul’s bed - which, hopefully, will protect the remaining shrubs. Just as we were leaving, we noticed a turkey (top right photo) had already started work on our newly placed mulch..
What’s Happening - 2016
New Barungwarra Boat Ramp opens
For several weeks now the contractors have been working on the new boat ramp and on arrival for our June gardening session we noticed that the safety fence had been removed and the ramp is now open for businessThe ramp has a deeply lined surface to reduce slip on the surface and a stone strip down both sides which not only enhances the appearance but also provides a tactile safety aspect for drivers who stray near the edge of the ramp. There is a 30cm drop on one side. Whilst taking photos of the new ramp. Boatie Joe arrived withhis boat and kindly gave me the OK to take some photos of hisboat.
Council installs new water tap
Bald Hills Bushies have been carting water in homemade watering transporters from the tap near the shedto the new beds near the car park. It was especially necessary during the recent long hot summer as someof our plantings appeared to be severely stresses by the hot dry conditions. Bushies were visiting the park severaltimes a week to cart water to the bed to keep the soil moist.Life will be a lot easier in the future now that Council has installed a new tap near the 20 year Rock memorial in the railway garden bed. Check out the new Interactive map for location details .
St Paul’s School to raise seedlings
We have now purchased 160 Seedlings from the Pine Rivers Community Nursery and these will be given to the St Paul’s School Students who will be caring for them until they are ready for transplanting in to the reserve . Whilst most of the plants will be ready for planting out later this year, others willneed up to 18 months before they are ready.St Paul’s have purchased a new greenhouse which will be usedto house the seedlings.
Bushies Christmas Breakup, Dec 2016
We held our annual Christmas breakup at the picnic area in Rushworth Street on Saturday December 17th, 2016. 12 current Bushies attended as well ad Federal Member Luke Howarth, State Member Tract Davies and Councillor Amanda Cooper.Everyone had a great time and h Bushies are now looking forward to another busy year in 2017.