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Our History and our Achievements by Elizabeth Russell

Most Landcare groups are formed by farmers and graziers getting together to control problems such as pests and soil erosion. Tamborine Mountain Landcare (TML) is different. It evolved from cooperation between nine community groups (including Tamborine Mountain Garden Club), Beaudesert Shire Council, Gold Coast City Council, Land Warfare Centre, and Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service who, in 1998, together applied successfully for funds from the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) for a Tamborine Mountain Escarpment Management Strategy Project (TMEMSP). In late 2002, at the conclusion of the highly successful Project the outgoing steering committee of the TMEMSP formed TML. TML was endorsed by the Department of Natural Resources & Mines as a Landcare group on 19 February 2003 and became incorporated on 30 May 2003.

TML’s brief was to implement the management strategy recommended in the comprehensive report compiled during the three year project. This included weed eradication and control, revegetation and habitat protection, feral animal control, and the establishment of a data base to record the biodiversity on Tamborine Mountain.

To further these aims, TML established a number of sub-committees to take primary responsibility for each individual concern. This system has worked well and has been expanded to cover other activities that have been initiated. A web site was also established during the first year of operation and has proved invaluable.

TML continues to receive strong support from community groups and government agencies, particularly Beaudesert Shire Council, which has provided funds for a project officer over the last four years. Consequently much of TML’s regular work is concentrated on Council land although cooperative projects with individual landholders are envisaged.

In order to carry out weed control and revegetation, TML is following a Corridor Regeneration Plan regenerating and connecting areas of rainforest. It currently has eight groups working regularly at Contour Road, Kalmia Court, Ohia Court, Cedar Creek (below the high school), Holt Park, Esme Street Environmental Reserve, Rosser Park, and John Dickson Conservation Park. It also seeks funds to carry out special projects on private and/or public land. This allows more intensive work schedules using paid assistants such as members of Conservation Volunteers Australia, so that much more can be achieved in a short period. Much of this funding continues to come from the NHT and TML has established an excellent record of management with the NHT regional body, SEQ Catchments.

One very successful project currently in progress is a joint project with the Tamborine Mountain Garden Club to regenerate and extend the existing rainforest along Tamborine Creek which runs through the Botanic Gardens. This is a valuable cooperative program and already large areas of lantana have been replaced with local rainforest species which will mature into an extension of the existing rainforest habitat.

Major funding provided by Scenic Rim Regional Council, Energex and the volunteers' efforts of The Piccabeen Bookshop

Tamborine Mountain Landcare Incorporated.
Office: The Piccabeen Bookshop - Shop 10/15 Main St North Tamborine Phone: (07) 5545 1847
Email: secretary@tamborinemtnlandcare.org.au