TAMBORINE MOUNTAIN LANDCARE
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 database 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 worked well in the establishment stage but all activities are now managed by a single committee. A website was also established during the first year of operation and has proved invaluable. This has now been extended to take advantage of Facebook as a means of communicating to the broader community.
TML continues to receive strong support from community groups and government agencies, particularly Scenic Rim Regional Council, which provides an annual environmental grant.
Much of TML’s regular work was initially concentrated on Council land but has now expanded to include cooperative projects with individual landholders.
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 working bee groups alternating between various sites including the Landcare Centre which was established in Hartley Road in 2014. It also seeks funds to carry out special projects on private and/or public land. This allows more intensive work schedules using paid contractors so that much more can be achieved in a short period.
Much of this extra funding has been provided by State and Federal Government grants. TML has established an excellent record of management with the regional body, Healthy Land and Water.
Judith Roland (President)
Tamborine Mountain Landcare Incorporated.
Office: The Piccabeen Bookshop - Shop 10/15 Main St North Tamborine Phone: 0403 783 757