Here is a report from the people who were there!
And if you like to view some pictures click here
It was warm and sunny when we left Brisbane and embarked on our journey.
Down the Highway bumper by bumper we drove.
I followed my GPS and it took me away from the traffic via the Tambourine - Oxenford exit.
We were the first in the misty and rather coolish rainforestwhere we found our lodge.
Luckily the first arrivals put the fire on, as we had a 10deg drop in temperature
between the coast to the Springbrook mountain.
After a hearty breakfast the next morning we were eager to get to our weeding spot.
Armed with Ikea bags and iron spikes the group disposed into the bushland, crawling, kneeling, crouching (whichever hurt least) pulling out those Aristea Eklonii.
Four hours later and greatly reduced enthusiasm we looked at the work achieved;
50x20m were cleared of that weed. Many hands make work light.
We celebrated our achievement with a mouth watering communal fondue and
afterwards were converted into "greenies" .We all listened with great interest to Dr. Aila Keto's talk.
I was totally impressed by the dedication of Aila Keto, Dr.Keith Scott and Denise Elias.
Without people like this we wouldn't have this beautiful protected rainforest.
We hope that our contribution to the momentous weeding task will join up with the efforts of other countless volunteers to bring the area, m by m, back to its natural state.
This article, like cooking, cleaning, and of course having lots of fun, was written with everyone contributing towards it.
See you there again next year.
We have organised The Lodge in the middle of the rainforests of Springbrook from Friday night to Sunday. It is near the Best of All Lookout. There are five self-contained bedrooms plus two cabins. Get in early as there is only space for a maximum of 27. We plan to help with the removal of Aristea ecklonii a bad weed threating the health of the rainforests. Friday night there will be a information session about Springbrook Rescue, a video show of Springbrook's birds and other wildlife. Saturday morning we will do volunteer weeding. Saturday afternoon bird walk at Purling Brook Falls, Saturday night communal dinner (maybe Fondue?) followed by a slide and video show. Sunday, a few track walks in the Springbrook National Park or if you prefer you can sneak away and relax and have a quiet time.
General information - Springbrook Rescue Information
About Springbrook Rescue
Springbrook Rescue is a multi-stage project to protect and restore the World Heritage rainforests of the Springbrook region. It involves seven programs:
1 Acquiring land to expand the World Heritage area
2 Restoring critical habitat and landscape connectivity
3 Community engagement in World Heritage protection, presentation and restoration
4 Science programs to guide restoration and monitoring
5 Protecting World Heritage through better governance
6 Presenting World Heritage values for their protection and community well being
7 Partnerships to realize a shared vision
It commenced in 2005 and is managed by the Australian Rainforest conservation Society (ARCS), led by Dr Aila Keto and Dr Keith Scott.
Further information: - Springbrookrescue.org.au/
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