Tom Rickards Park
  • Last updated:
  • 16 Dec 2016

Council is rehabilitating Martins Creek in the Pine Street section of Tom Rickards Park. The aim of these works is to remove invasive woody weeds and replace them with native species.

As part of these works, council will also monitor potential safety risks posed by existing trees in the park to nearby houses.

Project scope

This rehabilitation work will be done in stages. Council will be guided by the Martins Creek Rehabilitation Plan when carrying out these works.

Project update

In late 2016 and early 2017, council plans on removing or canopy reducing selected exotic Slash Pine and Camphor Laurel trees on council land behind No. 9 Pine St and No. 3 Norfolk Way, these works build on previous phases of targeted removals.

Revegetation works will then be carried out on both sides of the creek bank and ongoing weed control will continue at the site to encourage the regeneration of native species. Previous work in Tom Rickards Park are now under regular maintenance.

Where to from here

Council will continue to carry out regular maintenance on existing plantings throughout 2016 and 2017. Further staged works will potentially be undertaken in late 2017 with associated revegetation rehabilitation work and ongoing weed control at the site to encourage the regeneration of native species.

Overview

There are a number of exotic pine and camphor laurel trees along the banks of Martins Creek. These large woody weeds have out competed native rainforest plants that would normally be found there.

After partnering with the local community to carry out rehabilitation works in the upper sections of Tom Rickards Park, council developed a rehabilitation plan for the area nearby the Pine Street entrance.

The Martins Creek Rehabilitation Plan (Pine Street Section) will be an ongoing program. It will improve the overall ecological values of the site by:

  • improving ground stability at the site
  • providing safer movement habitat for fauna (animals)
  • providing more food and shelter for local fauna.

Background

The project is being carried out in response to community feedback. Council has funded the works.

Council worked with the community to develop the Martins Creek Rehabilitation Plan (Pine Street Section). It will guide the next five years of works to repair damage done to the land. The activities in this plan are supported by several council strategies including:

  • Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020
  • Sunshine Coast Open Space Strategy 2011
  • Draft Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2011-2015.

Martins Creek Rehabilitation Plan

Community engagement

Community engagement for this project has been extensive and included the following actions:

Action Date
A meeting at Pine Street, Buderim with a community representative and a council officer November 2010
Initial plan ‘draft A’ produced 11 February 2011
Revised plan ‘draft B’ produced 22 February 2011
A meeting at Pine Street with consultant, community representative and council officer 16 March 2011
Revised plan ‘draft C’ produced 16 March 2011
A meeting at council’s offices with community representatives, Councillor Hungerford and council officer 5 April 2011
A meeting at Pine Street with Councillor Hungerford and community representative 20 April 2011
Current plan ‘draft D’ produced 20 April 2011
Letter and project newsletter mailed out to petition signatories 12 May 2011
Letter and fact sheet mailed out to petition signatories 22 June 2011
Letter and fact sheet letterbox drop to residents in Pine Street and vicinity 3 July 2011
Letter and fact sheet letterbox drop to residents in Pine Street and vicinity for commencement of next stage of tree removals January 2015
Letter mail out to residents in Pine Street and vicinity for commencement of next stage of tree removals September 2015
 Letter mail out to residents in Pine Street and vicinity for commencement of next stage of tree removals December 2016

Contacts

For more information please contact council’s Natural Areas Management team via customer service on (07) 5475 7272.