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Goal

General plan

🌱 Saturday 9th April 2022 is 'clear the riparian area of lantana and weeds' day
🌱 Sunday 10th April 2022 is 'plant all our plant babies' day (both tubestock and seeds)
🌱 Work bee attendees (please confirm attendance with members first) are welcome to set up camp Friday afternoon & leave Monday morning
🌱 Bring boots, snacks, drinks, and friends

The creek surrounds just North of the Festival Flat are the target area for an ecological restoration project at Firestone Sanctuary. We have a grant from council with the Land For Wildlife programme, as well as using some of the kind donations received from visitors such as yourself, to put towards a big planting in this area.
So, we are holding a work bee and big camp-over weekend, with bonfire and hangs on the Saturday night 🙂

We will be clearing (with brushcutters, machetes, scythes) the area of invasive species (e.g. lantana) on Saturday 9th, hanging out together that night, then planting all the tubestock seedlings on the Sunday 10th April.

(mulch south, seed cast north)

Duties on the day:

  • Create strakes using lantana and purple spray
  • @Kane: timelapse duty
  • @Anita and Ben photography for Saturday
  • Ian photography for Sunday

Other considerations:

  • Food
  • Music
  • People organiser on the day

Current tool list:

  • 2 fuel-powered brushcutters (one two-stroke, one four-stroke)
  • 8 pairs of cotton latex gloves + 5 pairs gloves + 1 pair welding gloves
  • 1 sledgehammer
  • 1 woodsplitting axe
  • 5 short rusty machetes
  • 1 longer machete
  • 2 scythes
  • 3 loppers
  • 2 fencing tools
  • 4 spades and shovels (+1 up top if needed)
  • 2 rakes (+1 up top if needed)
  • 2 post hole diggers
  • 2 cutting mattocks
  • 2 pick mattocks
  • 1 pick
  • 1 rubber mallet
  • 2 metal mallets
  • 2 hand hoe planting tools
  • 1 can PURPLE spray paint
  • 5 scissors

Jaye will bring:

  • 1 motored auger
  • 2 brushcutters (one two-stroke, one four-stroke)

The target ares is a riparian zone, waterway area, fringing woodland / vine forest.
Council mapped the target area as RE 12.3.7 / 12.3.16 with an 80/20 ratio between those two (RE means Regional Ecosystem code).

Plant list (in pots, ready to plant)

Tubestock from recent shop (~268 tubestock total):

  • Alpinia caerulea (native ginger/blueberry ginger) x21
  • Citrus australis (Australian round lime) x6
  • Crinum pendiculatum (river lily) x3
  • Dianella caerulea (blue flax lily) x30
  • Diploglottis australis (native tamarind) x11
  • Gmelina leichhardtii (white beech) x6
  • Ficus opposita (sweet sandpaper fig) x4
  • Ficus coronata (creek sandpaper fig) x2
  • Ficus macrophylla (Moreton Bay fig) x6
  • Hymenosporum flavum (native frangipani) x6
  • Jagera pseudorhus (foambark) x6
  • Lomandra hystrix x4
  • Lomandra hystrix (smaller than tubestock) x108
  • Mallotus discolor (yellow kamala) x12 (medium pots)
  • Melaleuca bracteata (river tea-tree) x14
  • Melaleuca salicina (willow bottlebrush, callistemon) x7
  • Melaleuca viminalis (creek bottlebrush, callistemon) x7
  • Pennantia cunninghamii (brown beech) x1
  • Pipturus argenteus (native mulberry) x7
  • Solanum aviculare (kangaroo apple) x5
  • Sterculia quadrifida (peanut tree) x2
  • Syzygium australe (creek satinash / brush cherry) x5ish
  • Syzygium francisii (giant water gum) x5ish

Tubestock native plant species:

  • Acronychia laevis (hard aspen) x2
  • Alpinia caerulea (native ginger/blueberry ginger) x1
  • Alectryon subcinereus (wild quince) x1
  • Aphananthe philippinensis (axehandle/native rough leaf elm) x1
  • Argyrodendron trifoliolatum (white booyong) x1
  • Banksia integrifolia (coastal banksia/white honeysuckle) x1
  • Brachychiton acerifolius (flame tree/illawarra flame tree) x4
  • Brachychiton rupestris (bottle tree) x1
  • Commersonia bartramia (brown kurrajong/bush christmas) x2
  • Cinnamomum oliveri (olivers sassafras) x1
  • Cissus Antarctica x2- (native grape) x4
  • Clematis glycinoides (headache vine/old man's beard) x1
  • Dianella congesta (beach flax lily) x2
  • Diploglottis campbellii (yellow fruiting small leafed tamarind) x2
  • Diploglottis campbellii (brown red fruiting small leafed tamarind) x2
  • Ehretia acuminata (koda/silky ash) x3
  • Eupomatia laurina (bolwarra/native guava) x2
  • Eucalyptus robusta (swamp mahogany) x1
  • Ficus opposita (sweet sandpaper fig) x1
  • Glycosmis trifoliata (orange berry) x1
  • Guioa semiglauca (native quince) x4
  • ?? labelled "Qu" (Could be quince, leaves n stem looks different from native quince babies, possibly wild quince Alectryon subcinereus, more likely to be quinine berry Petalostigma triloculare) x9
  • Lepironia articulata (grey rush) x2
  • Leptospermum petersonii (lemon scented tea tree) x1
  • Leptospermum liversidgei (olive tea tree) x2
  • Lomandra confertifolia (dwarf mat rush) x1
  • Lophpstemon suaveolens (swamp mahogeny) x1
  • Melodorum leichhardtii (zig zag vine) x2
  • Nothoalsomitra suberosa (corky cucumber) x1
  • Petalostigma triloculare (quinine berry/long leaf bitter bark) x1
  • Pittosporum revolutum (yellow pittosporum) x1
  • Pittosporum multiflorum (orange thorn) x1
  • Pittosporum undulatam (native orange) x5
  • Planchoneila eerwah (shiny leaf condoo/rare black plum/wild apple) x4
  • Pleiogynium timorense (burdekin plum) x5
  • Podocarpus elatus (plum pine/illawarra plum) x2
  • Sterculia quadrifida (peanut tree) x5
  • Syzygium cebrinerve (purple cherry) x1
  • Syzygium luehmannii (riberry/small leaf lilly pilly) x1
  • Toona ciliata (red cedar) x1
  • Xanthorrhoea glauca (blue leaf grass tree) x2
  • ? (sh? bottle tree) x2

Native plant species in larger pots:

  • ? Aerychia (beach?) x1
  • Araucaria cunninghamii (hoop pine) x1
  • Brachychiton acerifolius (flame tree/illawarra flame tree) x5
  • Cappani mitchellii (wild orange) x1
  • Capparis arborea (native pomegranate) x1
  • Mischarytera lautereriana (corduroy tamarind) x1
  • Lihospadix monostachga (walking stick palm) x1
  • Pipturus argenteus (native mulberry) x1
  • Pittosporum undulatam (native orange) x5
  • Rhodosphaera rhodanthema (deep yellow wood) x2
  • Rubus sp. (native raspberry) x1
  • Syzygium (riberry) x1

Unidentified native plant descriptions:

  • (lomandra species, spiny/teethed edged leaf) x1
  • (spider lily thing) x1
  • (some native lime thing, citrus) x1
  • Petalostigma triloculare (quinine berry)
  • Suzygium lurynanthum (sour cherry) x1
  • Davidsonia pruriens (davidson plum) x4

Older native plants in pots on flat:

  • Araucaria bidwillii (bunya nut pine) x9
  • Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) x1
  • Backhousia anisata (aniseed myrtle) x1
  • Pararistolochia praevenosa (richmond birdwing butterfly vine) x21

Seed list

(collected legally at the seed workshop hosted by Jay at Kumbartcho (not Jaye Bransgrove) or locally on the property):

  • Acronychia laevis (white lilly pilly)
  • Alocasia brisbanensis (native lily)
  • Alpinia caerulea (native ginger)
  • Brachychiton rupestris (queensland bottletree, kurrajong)
  • Commonsonia bartramia (brown kurrajong tree)
  • Cordyline petiolaris (flax lily)
  • Gmelina leichhardtii (white beech)
  • Lomandra hystrix (creek mat rush)
  • Pipturus agenteus (native mulberry)
  • Polyalthia nitidissima (canary beech) [small red berry fruit]
  • Rhodosphaera rhodanthema (deep yellow wood)
  • Solanum aviculare (kangaroo apple)
  • Trematomentosa (poison peach)

Seeds from mail:

  • Agonis flexuosa (peppermint willow)
  • Acacia victoriae (elegant wattle)
  • Adansonia gregori (baobab)
  • Billardiera fusiformis (australian bluebell)
  • Brachychiton acerifolius (illawarra flame tree)
  • Brachychiton discolour (white kurrajong)
  • Brachychiton rupestris (bottle tree)
  • Cissus hypoglauca (native grape)
  • Coprosma quadrfida (native current)
  • Hibsicus subdantta (rosella/queensland jam plant)
  • Randia fitzalanii (native gardenia)

Existing native plant species observed in situ

  • Jagera pseudorhus (foambark)
  • Melia azedarach (chinaberry)
  • Ficus coronata(?) (sandpaper fig)
  • Pipturus agenteus (native mulberry)
  • Alchornea ilicfolia (native holly) or Aphananthe philippinensis (rough leaf elm/axehandle)
  • Acacia melanoxylon
  • Syzigium sp.
  • Smilax australis
  • Maclura cochinchinensis (cockspur thorn)

Suggested plant list (to acquire)

@Timotheos has done the bulk of the shopping already, but more can be acquired (even after the work bee) to complete the planting.

  • Macaranga (native pioneer species)
  • Tall canopy fast growing plants
  • Lomandra
  • Flax lily
  • Native ginger
  • Dianella (esp. edible species)
  • Davidson's plums
  • Lilly pilly
  • Native scrambling lily

Plant list from RE 12.3.7:

  • Eucalyptus tereticornis
  • Casuarina cunninghamiana subsp. cunninghamiana
  • Melaleuca viminalis
  • Melaleuca bracteata
  • Melaleuca trichostachya
  • Melaleuca linariifolia
  • Waterhousea floribunda
  • Melaleuca fluviatilis
  • Lomandra hystrix

12.3.16 typical canopy species include:

  • Aphananthe philippinensis
  • Argyrodendron sp.
  • Argyrodendron trifoliolatum
  • Diospyros fasciculosa
  • Drypetes deplanchei
  • Dysoxylum mollissimum subsp. molle
  • Jagera pseudorhus
  • Mallotus discolor
  • Melia azedarach
  • Mischocarpus pyriformis subsp. pyriformis
  • Planchonella pohlmaniana
  • Toona ciliata
  • Vitex lignum-vitae
  • Grevillea robusta
  • Araucaria cunninghamii
  • Lophostemon confertus

12.3.16 typical sub-canopy species include:

  • Streblus brunonianus
  • Cryptocarya triplinervis
  • Gossia bidwillii
  • Diospyros australis
  • Arytera divaricata
  • Capparis arborea
  • Cleistanthus cunninghamii
  • Polyalthia nitidissima

Note also

Plant list from Jaye

Plant list from Josh

25%: Lomandra, Dianella
50% pioneers

  • Alphitonia petriei (white ash)
  • Commersonia bartramia (brown kurrajong)
  • Diploglottis australis (native tamarind)
  • Guioa semiglauca (guioa)
  • Homalanthus populifolius (bleeding heart)
  • Hymenosporum flavum (native frangipani)
  • Mallotus discolor (white kamala)
  • Mallotus philippinensis (kamala)
  • Melia azedarach (white cedar)
  • Misoscarpus pyriformis (yellow pear-fruit)
  • Solanum aviculare (kangaroo apple)
  • Polyscias elegans (celery wood)
  • Polyscias murrayi (pencil cedar)
  • Trema tomentosa var. viridis (native peach)

25% other gallery rainforest tree species I'd recommend planting:

  • Araucaria cunninghamii
  • Archontophoenix cunninghamiana
  • Argyrodendron trifoliolatum
  • Casuarina cunninghamiana
  • Castanospermum australe
  • Diospyros fasciculosa
  • Drypetes deplanchei
  • Dysoxylum mollissimum subsp. molle
  • Ficus macrophylla
  • Grevillea robusta
  • Jagera pseudorhus
  • Mallotus discolor
  • Melia azedarach
  • Mischocarpus pyriformis subsp. pyriformis
  • Planchonella pohlmaniana
  • Syzygium australe
  • Syzygium francisii
  • Toona ciliata
  • Vitex lignum-vitae
  • Waterhousia floribunda

Plant list from Mark

  • Lomandra hystrix
  • Melaleuca viminalis
  • Melaleuca bracteata

Target weeds to remove (teach work bee collaborators about these):

  • Lantana
  • Glycine
  • Hamil grass

Tasks for after the work bee

  • Maintenance and watering follow-up
  • Download pictures from the wildlife trail camera
  • Upload pictures to Dropbox
  • Photograph the area after all the work bee work
  • Update map of target area
  • Use carpet squares with slits around each tree / birdwing vine as protectors
  • Do up labels for trees using the soldering iron into the wooden labels
  • Move species observations to Environment

Report

Land For Wildlife grant contribution

  • Native plants ($69.50 + $521)
  • Mulch (bought 1 cubic metre for $30)

Landholder's contribution to costs

  • Native plants (acquired from Daleys Fruit - include receipt)
  • Native plants (self-propagated)
  • Native plants (obtained from LFW 50 plant voucher + 4 free plants from council voucher)
  • Native seeds (obtained by attending seed collection workshop as mentioned above)
  • Many hours of personal labour (organising, planting, shopping, picking up plants and mulch)
    • At least 10 hours in preparation
    • Work bee: 10 persons over 2-3 days, likely 120-160 hours of work in just that weekend
    • At least 2 hours in follow-up watering, weeding and further clearing already (this will continue to increase over time)
  • Mulch (several cubic metres free at Dakabin Waste Management Facility)
  • Hundreds of dollars of tools
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