The rain on Saturday 27th August that accompanied “Spring Plant” weekend in the Andaman Strip while suitable for the plants was not welcome for the 13 volunteers that showed up.
The effort put in on both Saturday and Sunday was JRA’S contribution to Keep Australia Beautiful’s, “Clean up Qld Week”.
Those that attended on Saturday were rewarded with a BBQ lunch that was moved indoors with catering provided by JRA treasurer Bruce and his helpers. The beautification committee were geared for a larger work force and had done enough preparation work to gainfully engage and feed 40 workers. Another 12 volunteers attended on the Sunday to finish some of the non-completed tasks.
The Meyer family of mum and dad and their five children contributed to the Centenary Bikeway clean up and collected 11 bags of litter from a 4km section of the Bikeway, Jindalee Skate Park and sections of the Jindalee and Mt Ommaney Creeks. The family was rewarded with lunch provided by KABQ sponsors, Mt Ommaney Hungry Jacks. In all, some 200 man hours were contributed by the work force.
JRA web administrator, Andrea buzzed around the site and captured most of the action for the website and Satellite newspaper and reminded people to eat lunch.
While active participation from local residents remains poor, the project continues to receive support from our core members, politicians and local businesses. Some 150 plants were placed in three separate locations.
The southern section planting, near Ebrill Street is now almost completed except for future infill planting and bush track establishment. A new garden section at the base of the unsightly rock wall was completed during the following week and planted with agapanthus. The Arosa Street section saw the start of the rainforest theme and creek restoration planting. The Galleon Street section saw the installation of many flowering plants on the roadway edge.
JRA is indebted to the following members, guests and businesses that assisted:
- Local resident, Andrew from Centenary Tree Services for donating and delivering 2 loads of tree chippings to the Strip. Free quotes and professional service call 0408 199 296
- Cr Matthew Bourke for giving 1 hour of his valuable time from a busy Saturday schedule.
- Wolston and Centenary Creek Catchment ranger, Sean Marler for his donation of plants and valuable creek erosion planting advice. Sarah, a new recruit to the Beautification committee is now an expert.
- The proprietors of a Sinnamon Park based business, Priority Garden Care Landscaping, Peter and Fran Bell for all of their advice, loan of planting equipment and donation of cost to create our planting design plan and for providing the services of Fred, one of their very experienced employees. For professional design and planting advice call Peter or Fran on 0402 168 092
- Fran also found time in her busy election campaign schedule to attend and provided a cake for the workers.
- Mrs. Julie Attwood for attending the BBQ also in her busy schedule and for her complimentary remarks.
- Gary Johnson for the use of his utility during the preparation work.
- Cakes and food donated by Sita Spillar, Julie Williams and Terri O’Chee
- JRA is most indebted to Andaman Street resident, Dave, who came to the weather rescue by donating his garage for the BBQ venue and his yard for plant storage.
- Andaman Street resident Keith for plant storage.
- JRA member volunteers including, Adam, Dave, Murray, Olrich and his two boys, Sarah, Wayne, Bruce and his catering crew, Sita, Julia, Terri and Andrea.
With all of the action taking place, traffic along Andaman Street did slow down.
Several motorists actually stopped and showed appreciation in the form of plant, stone fill or money donations. Just over $400 has been received from members in $ donations.
JRA has submitted a further application for Grant Funding and we should know the success of this shortly. Tasks still to be done with funding, cooperation and final DMR permission:
- Fix up the seepage section of footpath near the southern bike ramp.
- Mural placement of the southern bike ramp retaining wall
- Establish the bush path
- Solar lighting
- More infill planting and mulch spreading
- Continue drain/creek restoration work
- Encourage Mt Ommaney Shopping Centre to beautify wetland section of creek near Mitre 10.
From the JRA Beautification Team.