Native Plants Sunshine Coast Meetings, Excursions and Local Events for 2018

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Our Year to Date:

NPSC started the new year with a display at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 January, upstairs in the internal viewing area of the new Rainforest Discovery Centre. This was the first time we have worked with the Sunshine Coast Council at this venue. Our topic was – Creating a Bird Friendly Garden – to fit in with the Mary Cairncross theme of Birds of a feather.  Many NPSC members worked through the Christmas holidays producing a new brochure – Native Plants for Native Birds – as a focus for the display. 

On Sunday, February 11 Eric Anderson and Diana O’Connor led a walk through Russell Family Park, Montville, showcasing the revitalization of this beautiful park.

The Sunshine Coast Council (SCC) on Saturday, March 10, presented a Native Bee Workshop at Maroochy Gardens. NPSC provided a speaker and a small display.

On Sunday, March 11, we conducted our Annual General  Meeting at Cycad Place, Flaxton, followed by a garden exploration.

We had a propagation session at Mt. Mellum on Sunday , April 15 for myrtle rust threatened plants and other rare species, including a talk on the parameters of the project.

On Sunday May 13 we had a walk through Mary Cairncross Reserve to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Upcoming Events:

Forward Plans:

Sunday September 9:  Garden ramble at the Dillon’s in upper Hunchy valley.

Sunday October 14:  Morning walk at Ewen Maddock Dam led by Ken McClymont of SCC

Regional and National Events

Recently Enjoyed:

Sunday, April 8, NPQ gathering and AGM at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre.

Saturday, May 26, Birds, Community Conservation, Maroochy Botanic Gardens. Conference organised by John Birbeck, Birdlife Australia, Sunshine Coast.

Sunday June 10, walk led by Marc Russell along the first section of the Great Walk, below Baroon Pocket Dam.

Sunday June 17, at Kumbartcho, Eaton’s Hill . NPQ Winter Gathering.

Friday 13  –  Sunday 15, July: Queensland Garden Expo,  Nambour. NPSC had a  successful weekend with a well visited manned display.

Upcoming Events:

Sunday August 12: 8.30 am start at Parrot Park, Beerburrum Rd, Beerburrum –  for car pooling to the start of the Soldier Settler’s Walk.

Walk to be led by Gwen Malcolm from GMAN. Distance total approx. 6-7kms, in and return. The terrain is mostly flat with a gradual uphill slope and some rocky spots.

Further Calendar items will be posted when available.

Excursions and Local Events Enjoyed in Recent Years

Eric Anderson lead a Tree ID Stroll around the streets of Flaxton (March). A Plant List and a Bird List were  provided for the area visited

Walk through the Mooloolah River National Park  with Stella Wiggins (April). A Botanical List for the area from a survey by Ann Moran is most interesting. For information about the campaign to save the old growth forest refer to – Save the Steve Irwin Way Forest

Walk Amongst the Banksias starting at Matthew Flinders Park lead by John Birbeck (May). A joint outing with the Wallum Study Group

Guided walk in the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary, Bli Bli (June).  The Sunshine Coast Council has produced a brochure for visitors to the Sanctuary

Walk in the Bobbie Sattler Reserve, Bell’s Creek, with Conor Jenkins from Sunshine Coast Council and members of the Wallum Study group.

Native Plants Sunshine Coast 10th anniversary celebration at The Orangery at Cairncross Cnr, Maleny.

Regional Gathering of Native Plants Queensland at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

Walk Amongst the Foreshore Plants – Dicky Beach to  Currimundi

Garden exploration and a talk  on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species

Ecological walk  in the Jowarra Section of Mooloolah National Park

Spot the wildflowers walk along Forestry Rd, Landsborough

Regional and National Events in Recent Years

Noosa Wallum Festival, Sunshine Beach.

Regional Gathering of Native Plants Queensland at Maroochy Regional Botanic Gardens

Native Plants Queensland’s Native Flower Show and Plants Market at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens

Rosewood Festival, Ipswich

Samford Valley Garden and Lifestyle Expo

Helidon Hills plant spotting

Australian Native Plant Society ( Australia ) Inc. Conference, Canberra