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

Please contact Events Management if you have anything to contribute to this calendar

NPSC is starting the new year with a display at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.  This is the first time we have worked with the Sunshine Coast Council at this venue.

Friday 26 to Sunday 28 Jan from 9.00 to 4.30.

Upstairs in the internal viewing area of the new Rainforest Discovery Centre.

Topic: Creating a Bird Friendly Garden to fit in with the Mary Cairncross theme of Birds of a feather.  Many thanks to all the NPSC Members who have worked across the Christmas holidays producing a new brochure – Native Plants for Native Birds and to those who have volunteered to work setting up, pulling down and manning the display. 

Sunday, February 11: 8.30 am at Russell Family Park, Montville.

Walk led by Eric Anderson and Diana O’Connor showcasing the revitalization of this beautiful park. Enter the car park at the Information Centre.

 Saturday, March 10: 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, at Maroochy Gardens.

Native Bee Workshop presented by the Sunshine Coast Council (SCC). Cost approx. $15 pp including morning tea. Bookings via SCC website. NPSC will provide a speaker and a small display.

Sunday, March 11: 9.30 am, at 16 Cycad Place, Flaxton.

Annual General  Meeting followed by morning tea and garden exploration.

Sunday, April 15: 9.30 am, at 520 Mt. Mellum Rd Mt. Mellum

Propagation session on myrtle rust threatened plants. Detailed directions will be sent closer to the event.  BYO morning tea, water bottle.

10.30 am Talk by John Birbeck on the parameters of the project followed by 11.00 start on propagating.  Help from expert propagators will be available.

Regional and National Events

Sunday, April 8: 9:00 am, at Bribie Island Community Arts Centre, 191 Sunderland Drive, Banksia Beach, Bribie Island.

NPQ gathering and AGM. Details will be in the next NPQ Journal.

Saturday, May 26: Birds, Community Conservation, Maroochy Botanic Gardens.

Conference organised by John Birbeck, Birdlife Australia, Sunshine Coast ( details to be advised).

Sunday, June 10: 8:30 am, Great Walk below Baroon Pocket.

Walk of the first section led by Marc Russell. Details to be provided.

Friday 13  –  Sunday 15, July: Queensland Garden Expo,  Nambour.

NPSC will participate. Volunteers will be needed.

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