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The Emu Park Community Bushcare group was established in late 2000 following a community meeting at Bicentennial Lagoon, Emu Park. The group is actively involved in the rehabilitation of the local coastal environs, working to protect local wetlands and endangered beach scrub habitats.
There is no fee to join. Activities are once a month on the second Saturday of the month. The group prides itself on it's casual atmosphere and is family friendly. Participate as little or a much as you like. We'd love to meet you.
With less than 30% of their original extent remaining, vine forests on coastal sands, or beach scrubs, are an endangered ecological community. Beach scrubs are listed as critically endangered by the Australian Government. They are immensely valuable, particularly for habitat to threatened species such as the northern quoll, beach stone-curlew and coastal sheathtail bat. They have significant cultural value to Aboriginal communities and provide protection to the coastline from erosion.
Beach scrubs on the Capricorn coast are one of twelve priority sites identified by the Bringing Back the Beach Scrub project, a cross-regional project aiming to improve the protection and condition of beach scrub in areas between Townsville and Rockhampton.
Emu Park Community Bushcare Group has worked to help protect and restore a nine hectare patch of beach scrub on Council Reserve land at Fisherman’s Beach in Emu Park. The group worked with the former Livingstone Shire Council to erect fencing to protect the beach scrub, provide a boundary between forest areas and the nearby caravan park, and create designated beach access routes for the public. To help restore the beach scrub, the group has regularly undertaken weed control and revegetation activities at the site and are actively extending the area with ongoing revegation works on Marine Parade.
Emu Park Community Bushcare adopted Bicentennial Lagoon in Emu Park as their first area of interest. These days the Lagoon is healthy and surrounded by lush plantings that provide habit for birds and animals and a great BBQ spot for humans.
Emu Park Community Bushcare Group recognises the importance of wetlands and also supports work at the larger and significant Kinka Wetlands.
- Provide habitats for plants and animals
- Act as kidneys in the system and help filter and cleanse our water
- Help mitigate floods
- Are beautiful and unique spots ideal for recreation and relaxation.
Back in 2000, Bicentennial Park in Emu Park had degraded and denuded areas, including a salt scald. Capricorn Coast Landcare Group led a local revegetation project where students, families, groups and politicians got their hands dirty to plant 3,600 trees. The project inspired the formation of the Emu Park Community Bushcare Group, which has gone on to plant 8,000 plants in the area and rehabilitate the lagoon.
Thanks to good wet seasons, the lagoon is doing really well and providing good bird watching opportunities too. BBQ facilities beside make it a good spot for a family outing