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2011 March - TNP Main Street BlitzTamborine Bush Volunteers and Tamborine Mountain Landcare are partners in restoring the strip of rainforest along Main Street near the RSL war memorial. A regeneration blitz is about to begin next month, to return this weed-contaminated swathe of the National Park fronting Main Street to be returned to its former natural glory. Phase one of the project begins on Saturday 2nd April at 8:00 a.m.


The ever-increasing co-operation between environmental organizations has resulted in this shared undertaking. Tamborine Bush Volunteers (TBV), who work under the auspices of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), and Tamborine Mountain Landcare will both contribute to the project.  During phase one, volunteers will eradicate weeds and other noxious plants for disposal by QPWS rangers, and two truckloads of mulch will be spread. In phase two, at a time to be advised, QPWS-certified native rainforest plants supplied by TBV will be planted.  

The project is an ambitious one, and the number of volunteers who turn out will determine how much we are able to achieve. Everyone is welcome to join in. Morning tea will be available and curiosity and questions will be answered. This opportunity to learn to identify some of the weeds infesting our mountain should not be missed.  

When the project is completed, this stretch of Main Street will be greatly enhanced, for the enjoyment of mountain residents and visitors. And the diversity of native rainforest plants and creatures there will be much enriched.

So for an interesting few hours in good company, put Saturday morning, 2nd April in your diaries.  Bring gloves, a bottle of water and any appropriate tools such as secateurs, pruning saws, wheelbarrows, garden forks, rakes, shovels and mattocks.  Don’t forget insect repellent and suitable clothing and footwear.  

For more information on this project Contact the TBV Coordinator or local Landcare representative John Bestevaar on 55451240, Josephus [AT] people [DOT] net [DOT] au

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