Bald Hills Bushies
Barungwarra Bushland Reserve, Bald Hills, Brisbane

Bush Turkeys invade Barungwarra

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 business The 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 with his boat and kindly gave me the OK to take some photos of his boat.

Council installs new water tap

Bald Hills Bushies have been carting water in home made watering transporters from the tap near the shed to the new beds near the car park. It was especially necessary during the recent long hot summer as some of our plantings appeared to be severely stresses by the hot dry conditions. Bushies were visiting the park several times 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 will need up to 18 months before they are ready. St Paul’s have purchased a new greenhouse which will be used to 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.
© B. Clifford for Bald Hills Bushies 2020 Tree beds are referenced by the name used by busties to identify them. Names and locations of these beds are indicated on the maps.
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