Brisbane’s Inner West has a rich and often surprising natural wealth in bushland remnants and along local waterways. It is up to us to protect and enhance our precious natural assets. We are building habitat and repair corridors for wildlife movements Join one of the local bushcare groups registered with Brisbane City Council’s Habitat Brisbane Program or contact us for special projects. Click here to view the rehabilitation projects map for Inner West.
Bushcare activities are carried out from Cubberla Creek’s headwaters in Chapel Hill to its mouth in Fig Tree Pocket. Tributaries include Gubberley and Little Gubberley Creeks. Volunteer groups rehabilitate bushland and waterways by removing weeds and planting native vegetation to encourage wildlife use. Cubberla Creek, its tributaries and their riparian zones form a core corridor for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife movement between Brisbane River and Mt Coot-tha. This corridor forms an essential part of Brisbane’s biodiversity network, is identified in BCC’s City Plan as having high ecological value, and is recognised in CWCN’s Cubberla Creek Connect project.
Volunteer groups from Green Hill Reservoir in Chapel Hill to the creek mouth near the Walter Taylor Bridge in Indooroopilly work on improving the health of bushland remnants and Witton Creek through weed control and the establishment of native vegetation.
Their work influences the repairing of a wildlife corridor along Witton Creek identified under CWCN’s Witton for Wildlife project. This corridor is recognised as having high ecological value under the City Plan and forms part of Brisbane’s biodiversity network. Close cooperation under the corridor project also exists with Indooroopilly’s University of Queensland Experimental Mine and the Indooroopilly Scouts.
With its head waters in the foothills of Mount Coot-tha Toowong Creek forms a stepping stone corridor within Brisbane’s biodiversity network. Despite its potential, its importance for local wildlife and its value for Toowong’s population are not sufficiently recognised. CWCN will continue to work with the local bushcare group as well as local residents abutting the creek on CWCN’s project Toowong Creek Turnaround.
Bushcare groups working outside of the system of our Inner West creeks but within the Brisbane River system focus on restoration of remnant riverine and other habitats adjacent or near the Brisbane River. Weed removal and planting endemic species are key measures to enhance biodiversity and restore habitats. Many of these areas are important stepping stones for connectivity along the river or linking up with existing corridors.
Our densely populated catchments don’t have many properties large enough to fit under the voluntary conservation program Land for Wildlife. Additionally, a substantial number of larger properties along the Cubberla Creek line are zoned as “Emerging community” in the new City Plan and for that reason are not admissible to the Land for Wildlife program under Council rules.