What's your nature?

What’s your nature? is a new initiative to connect – both physically and mentally - the Brisbane community to their urban waterways and help increase understanding and appreciation for our natural environment. 

Our outdoor spaces, including our waterways, provide us with a great avenue to reconnect with each other and ourselves.

What’s your nature? recognises that nature means different things to different people, whether it is your local creek where you walk past every day with you canine companion or your local park where you catch up with friends and family. 

This five year Australian Government funded initiative involves working with a range of partners (listed below) to re-establish people’s connection with their local environment, whilst also improving the overall health of our city’s creeks and green spaces.

The partners include:

• Brisbane Catchments Network and its 11 member catchments groups
SEQ Catchments
Jagera Daran Cultural Hertiage Body
Brisbane City Council
Queensland Urban Utilities

Activities will include: 

  • community education
  • identification and control of key weed species
  • revegetation and restoration of wildlife habitat
  • traditional ecological knowledge recording
  • planting of Watersmart Street Trees

Working to restore the Brisbane River

Through the What’s your nature? initiative, each of the member groups will be doing great things to restore areas in their own catchment, but we will also be channeling some funds to restore three sites along the Brisbane River.

Colmslie Beach Reserve

One of the sites we’ll be restoring as part of the What’s your nature? initiative will be at Colmslie Beach Reserve, Murarrie, where we have already start to do some work.

Colmslie Beach Reserve is interesting because it is an interface between a beach, a buffered stretch of land along the river with healthy trees and plants and a weed infested small hill just behind it.

This Reserve also adjoins Queensport Rocks, which is an iconic site for us as it was the first site we selected to restore on the Brisbane River and adjoins the heavily used Moreton Bay Cycleway. It also buffers a mangrove ecosystem directly adjacent to the Brisbane River.

The Fort

Another site is at the Fort in Oxley Creek Catchment, which is a beautiful pocket of the Brisbane River Corridor and well-known for its diversity of plants and animals.

This site covers around 1.2 hectares, with a steep sloping embankment to the Brisbane River infested with weeds such as the Cats Claw Creeper vine and Lantana, (a woody weedy shrub) closer to the river.

The Fort has a very active Habitat Brisbane Group doing some great work to restore the area and we will support their excellent and substantial work.

Oxley Creek Catchment Association’s Biodiversity Services unit will assist with this project and this will strengthen their income and future capacity as a social enterprise.

The site is well suited to what we refer to as “assisted natural regeneration”. This is when natural areas are given a helping hand to regenerate naturally, by clearing weeds for example, which would otherwise compete for sunlight, food and water.

St Lucia

This site is along the Brisbane River close to the university. It is a steep embankment that drops into the River with many exotic weeds.

We’ll be looking at clearing these weeds and planting some native plants and we hope that we turn it into a much more beautiful area that can be appreciated by many of the students and local residents.

For more information please visit: www.seqcatchments.com.au/whats-your-nature