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CWCN General Meeting on Tuesday, 21st November 2017 -6:30pm for 7:00pm start with guestspeaker Dr Jennifer Silcock on 'Lost in the Desert' or 'Red Hot?" An Australian Botanical Odyssey beginning at the Paroo River. 

"My odyssey began on the Paroo floodplain near Hungerford in the springof 2006, with the discovery of a small but distinctive burr unseen for 50 years now floruishing in the land described by Henry Lawson as a 'blasted barren wilderness'. How could this plant, which I found in abundance across south-west Queensland's five major river systems, have gone undetected for decades and be considered vulnerable to extinction? How many species in this vast, poorly-surveyed land had data on abundance, distribution and basic life history which could reliably inform their conservation? What role did the archtypal boom and bust cycles  of the arid-zone have on rarity and threat? My curiosity piqued, I began a journey by foot, car, pushbike, camel, kayak and helicopter that took me across some 635 300 km2 of south-western Queensland over 10 years, collecting data to systematically re-asses the conservation status of the flora and provide management recommendations...."

Jen Silcock is a postdoctoral researcher with the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, based at the University of Queensland. Her research focuses on threatened plant and animal species including the enigmatic night parrot, plant translocations for conservation, grazing impacts on rangelands, historical ecology and vegetation dynamics, wetland mapping and appreciation, combined with a liberal dose of general desert and mountain wandering. 

Tree Planting event

Thanks to funding from the Community Sustainability Action Grant (Qld Government) and the always exceptional support from Brisbane City Council’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program and CWCN another section of Clarina Street Park has been cleared of Chinese elms and other woody weed infestations and needs planting out.  Help us to  improve a wonderful natural asset right in front of your doorstep and to plant 600 trees  to further improve Clarina Street Park, a gem among local green spaces in your neighbourhood, an important habitat space for local wildlife in a fast growing city and  part of a corridor for fauna movement between Mount Coot-tha and the Brisbane River along Witton Creek.  We have  plants, tools, and gloves waiting for you and hope you’ll bring all your enthusiasm.—As a special treat Geckoes Wildlife will join us and bring native fauna along—yes, living animals and some to touch.  If you want to get up close and personal with native species after the planting, this is your chance. There will also be refreshments throughout and aluscious morning tea following the planting. You may win one of the raffle prizes too….—For more information contact local bushcare group convenor Marshall on 0413 697 079 or check out the flyer here.  


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Wild Brisbane - Fauna Workshops at the CWCN Centre
Exciting workshops are scheduled enabling Habitat Brisbane bushcarers, members of catchment groups and of the Land for Wildlife program to better understand our native fauna. The workshops are funded by Healthy Land and Water, the Fedceral Government and the What's your nature?  program as well as Brisbane City Council's Community Conservation Partnerships program.  All workshops are free for participants in above programs. Registration is required. More information is contained in the flyer.  All workshops are full and work with waiting lists.

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Book Club Program 2018

The fifth year of our environmental reading promises again highly engaging titles. The CWCN Book Club attracts book lovers, bookworms, food for thought gourmets, those who appreciate the natural world, those who enjoy a debate, and those who love having a good time. Please check out the entire program here
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The Great Outdoors in Brisbane's Inner West
Being outdoors and volunteering are beneficial to your health. What better reason to join CWCN and/or activities with one of the local bushcare groups. Check out our pages 'Get involved' 'Diary of Events". We are looking forward to seeing you at one or many events on offer.  


    Calendar 2018 
    Calendar 2018 AVAILABLE NOW!
    Another calendar with beautiful photography by local amateurs depicting our rich biodiversity can be ordered now. THECA, REPA, MCCG and CWCN have again joined forces for this production. As always, we are in awe of the quality of the photos in this A4 publication, and are intrigued by the diversity and beauty of the natural life all around us. The calendar is available at $15 per copy and will help to raise funds for the activities of all four organisations.Early orders are recommended as Brisbane's Wild West calendars are very popular.
    Please click here for order forms
    Microbat Survey in
    Brisbane's Inner West Catchments
    The results of our exciting survey are available for perusing. A minimum of 15 microbat species call Brisbane's Inner West home. The report contains details on these bats and their habitat, points out the importance for wildlife corridors and elaborates on the ecosystem services bats provide.
    Come to the CWCN Centre and peruse a hardcopy of the survey report or download the electronic version of it by clicking on the link below.
    Microbats of Brisbane's Inner West (1,3 Mb). A printable version can be obtained by contacting us.
    Thank you Brisbane City Council for funding this important survey!

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