16 Feb 2014: 71 species today

Observing a spotted harrier over the pasture.
71 spp today, good count for a hot morning!

207 bird species now total to date for Oxley Creek Common!

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Sunday February 16th 2014 7am – bird walk

Hugh Possingham will lead another exciting bird walk on Sunday February 16th. Meet at the red shed as usual, bring hat, water and binoculars. It is a two and a half hour slow walk out to Pelican Lagoon and a fast walk back to get a BBQ breakfast. We will see or hear over 70 species.

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New – Friends of oxley creek Common Facebook Site

www.facebook.com/FriendsofOxleycreekCommon

www.facebook.com/FriendsofOxleycreekCommon

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December 2013 Newsletter

FOOCnewsletterDecember2013

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May 2013 Newsletter (download pdf)

FOOCnewsletterMay2013

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Another Bird Walk

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 marie.hollingworth@bigpond.com Marie is Bushcare Coordinator.

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Bird Species List August 2013

OCC-AnnotatedList-August-2013

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22 SEPT 2013 BIRD WALK

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.

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BOOKINGS

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:  venues@publicworks.qld.gov.au

Enjoy your visit to the Common.

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2013 President’s Report

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

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