Prof Hugh Possingham has offered to lead another Bird Walk, this time in Nosworthy Park across Oxley Creek from the Common. This is a Bushcare area, sharing some species with the Common. RSVP please.
DATE: Sunday 20th October 2013 7a.m. to 8 a.m.
ADDRESS: End of Clewley St, Corinda, beside Corinda Bowls Club
Morning Tea will be provided. Gold Coin donation appreciated.
RSVP please to firstname.lastname@example.org Marie is Bushcare Coordinator.
7 am on Oxley Creek Common on 22nd Sept 2013. Prof Hugh Possingham will lead another BIRD WALK, approx 2 hrs duration. Followed by Morning Tea – gold coin donation appreciated. Bring hats, binoculars, water, nibbles. All welcome. RSVP to email.
State Government owns the Common. Please direct all booking inquiries to Accommodation Office – Conference Facilities, Dept of Housing and Public Works, GPO Box 2457, Brisbane, Qld 4001.
Phone (07) 3224 4159 Email: email@example.com
Enjoy your visit to the Common.
FRIENDS OF OXLEY CREEK COMMON INC.
ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013
It gives me pleasure as President of Friends of Oxley Creek Common to present this Annual Report for 2012 – 2013.
We have had a relatively quiet year as far as activities have gone, but have consistently networked with other groups in the community.
We arranged an afternoon tea community gathering on the common on 18th November 2012 but cancelled it as a series of big storms came through that day.
Marion Forrest organised a stall for the Peaks to Points Festival and attracted some new members. This Festival always attracts good publicity for the Common.
Marion also devoted much skill and expertise into developing a community garden here on the Common. She regularly gardened but as no commitments of permanent participation eventuated, she decided to discontinue this for the time being, a big disappointment. We hear positive accounts in the media of the numerous benefits derived from Community Gardens, and abundant funding available for such projects, but due to ownership issues and interest, we are not set up here at the moment.
On 2nd March FOOCC was responsible for Clean Up Australia on the Common. Despite the drizzley conditions, a team collected rubbish, but the barbecue Phil from OCCA had kindly organised for all volunteers on catchment sites was cancelled to allow people to return home to dry out!
On 13th March we participated in a meeting of The Alliance for Oxley Creek Common, enabling different interest groups to exchange ideas and become acquainted better, especially learning of the aims and actions of Corinda High School’s agriculture course. This was a worthwhile afternoon.
Yesterday we attended a meeting organised by OCCA discussing the future possibilities for the Common.
Our email attracts many inquiries about using and booking the Common, all referred on to Roma Street Parklands. The venue is becoming extremely popular. The walk always has some people birdwatching, exercising or photographing. Kayaks are occasionally on Oxley Creek. The whole corridor, from the mouth of Oxley Creek up into Durack, provides varied reliable habitat with the numerous Bushcare sites, Strickland Terrace, Nosworthy Park, Benarawa, Cliveden Avenue, Pennywort Creek, all adding possibilites. The Bird Species Count on Oxley Creek Common alone has reached 195 species, an amazing count for a central city – or any – habitat.
Yet “ownership” of Oxley Creek Common is still under discussion, still owned by State Government and agreement for Brisbane City Council to manage it not yet reached.
I thank FOOCC’s committee for their commitment, OCCA’s Creekcare Group for Bushcare activities here, and Martin for looking after our Website.
I move that this Annual Report be accepted.
Faseny McPhee, President
FRIENDS OF OXLEY CREEK COMMON Inc Presidentʼs Report to Annual General Meeting, 12th May 2012 Venue: Oxley Creek Common Time: 3.30
It gives me pleasure to deliver the Presidentʼs Report for 2011-2012 to this Annual General Meeting of Friends of Oxley Creek Common Inc.
Immediately after last yearʼs AGM, a special meeting was held at which a motion was proposed and unanimously passed to change our name from Friends of Oxley Common to Friends of Oxley Creek Common. This change went through official registration.
We have been anticipating an announcement of the handover of management of this Common from State Government to Brisbane City Council as forecast by the Minister, the Hon Simon Finn, also MP for this electorate. To date, this has not eventuated. We went into “waiting mode” as we did not know what plans for Oxley Creek Common might be, especially after it was closed to the public for so many months after the severe flooding.
However, Professor Hugh Possingham has led us on bird walks as well as continuing his studies, and at last count had recorded 192 species of birds on the Common, spectacular biodiversity. From this number alone, it is important that the scientific interests of this area be seriously considered. The area has become a mecca for photographers, especially bird photographers. Walkers appreciate the peace, space and environment.
We have been permitted to garden in the grounds of the air-monitoring centre. Several gardening bees have been held, and some vegetables and fruits have flourished, thanks to the rainy season. Thank you to Marion Forrest for her leadership in this project.
FOOCC has over the years held public consultations, and suggestions for the future use of the Common have been submitted to both State Government and Brisbane City Council. A pedestrian and bicycle bridge and a bike track had been proposed. Suddenly in October 2011 we found out that BCC were going to instal both a bridge and bike track, and their proposal was “the only and final proposal, which will go ahead no matter what any of the public think”. This 3m wide sealed track would pass through this Environment Centre, then along about 800m beside the creek, where a new bridge would take the track up a steep hill then across the middle of Nosworthy Park.
Once several citizens and groups started having meetings with the BCC planners, we realised their proposal had been neither adequately planned and costed, nor thought through. FOOCC joined other groups in publicising the proposal, the media were helpful, and a public meeting was held, courtesy of Corinda Bowls Club (a sincere thank you!). Numerous thoughtful submissions went in to BCC and within a week of the closing date, we were told the bike track and bridge “would not be going ahead at this stage”. We like to think our submissions were important, and the exercise did bring the local community together as options were considered. Some good came out of it!
On 24th March Queensland held a State election, and on 28th April a Local Government election happened, both events leaving times of caretaker mode. Thus we are still ignorant of plans for the future of this Common, although happy with its present usage. Open grasslands are rare in Brisbane and provide valuable habitat as well letting city people see farm animals. School groups, senior citizen groups, and families all regularly enjoy these facilities, while weddings, engagement celebrations, and various birthday parties are held in this ideal setting.
We have enjoyed amicable relationships with Corinda SHS, OCCA and other groups and see our role as stewardship for the sustainability of this valuable habitat.
Each year our books are audited. This year although we spent very little, our books are audited in line with the appointment at the previous AGM. This year we propose to omit the appointment of auditors as an unnecessary exercise for our size. Should we apply for grants and require auditing in the future, naturally we shall conform.
Finally, Iʼd liketo thank the Management Committee. Rob Sutherst took on the position of secretary but resigned last week for personal reasons, while Karen Possingham, Rob Hollingworth and Marj Dixon have proactively contributed all year. A big thank you to all four.
Faseny McPhee, President
Professor Hugh Possingham will lead a BIRD WALK on Oxley Creek Common on Sunday 23rd June 2013 from 7.30 a.m. This will be followed by Morning Tea about 10.30 then our AGM at 11 a.m.
Clean Up Australia Day for Oxley Creek will be held on Saturday 2nd March 2013 from 9 a.m. for the Oxley Creek Common component. Register by email or that morning. Gloves provided. Come along to help and stay for a volunteers’ lunch on the Common.
You are invited to
FRIENDS OF OXLEY CREEK COMMON Inc AGM
Saturday 12th May 2012 at 3.30pm on The Common
All positions will be declared vacant.
Nominations are called for the positions of
Please send in proxies and nominations by 28th April to
FOOCC, PO Box 319, Sherwood Q4075
In the event of insufficient nominations, nominations will be accepted from the floor at the AGM
Join us for afternoon tea afterwards. Everyone welcome.
Faseny McPhee, President