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.
Sunday, April 15: 9.30 am, at 520 Mt. Mellum Rd Mt. Mellum
Propagation session on myrtle rust threatened plants and other rare species. Detailed directions will be sent closer to the event. BYO morning tea, water bottle.
Talk by John Birbeck on the parameters of the project, followed by morning tea, with a 11.00 start on propagating. Help from expert propagators will be available and propagated plants to be taken home by volunteers.
Sunday May 13:8.00am start for a Mary Cairncross walk with Spencer Shaw
The walk will be followed by morning tea in the Café to celebrate Mother’s Day. Table booked for morning tea approx 10.30am.
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
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: 8.30am start for a walk led by Marc Russell along the first section of the Great Walk, below Baroon Pocket Dam
2kms each way with a nice lookout at the end, allow approx. 4 hours. Good path, with slight to moderate slopes.
Sunday June 17: 9.30, at Kumbartcho, 15 Bunya Pine Court, Eaton’s Hill 4037 UBD 107 M16.
NPQ Winter Gathering. Bring your own lunch to share.
NPSC will have a manned display and volunteers will be needed.
Sunday August 12: 8.00 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 Listand a Bird List were provided for the area visited
Walk through the Mooloolah River National Park with Stella Wiggins (April). A BotanicalList 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 http://iconicforest.wixsite.com/sunshinecoast
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 abrochure 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