We have had activities funded by many organizations over the years. Westpac Bank has a site that employees planted and the bank funded. We sponsored Coles Cares funding for Hambledon  House Community Centre enabling them to plant a site on Skeleton Creek. Rotary has a site and  PricewaterhouseCoopers also funded and planted a site in the Moon Creek catchment at Smithfield. We christened our new Gazebo purchased with a Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Volunteer Small Equipment Grant on that wet day.

PricewaterhouseCoopers employees enjoy
a well earned break. Denison St, Smithfield.
Before losing the supervision component of the NHT grants we also had many schools involved in revegetation activities but this could not be supported by volunteers who are, for the most part, working during school hours. A Queensland Government, Community Natural Resource Awareness Activity grant in 2006 enabled us to run a competition in schools for a Mascot to represent the Trinity Inlet Catchment Management Association (TICMA) groups. Grade 6 student, Jessica Wallace, from Bentley Park College won with a drawing of a kingfisher. Jessica did not name her entry so a further competition through local ABC  radio station came up with Rex. Our mascot was launched  at Bentley Park College on 24 May 2006 by Jim Turnour and Science teacher Jason Richardson who supported this initiative in the College.


The Mascot is now being held by Cairns Regional Council so wider use can be made of it by groups with like objects to ours.

Jessica’s entry
Jackie Bird’s Wardrobe
interpretation of the kingfisher named Rex

In the early years we relied on Sunday field days at selected sites, advertising with notices in papers and with direction signs to the site to get the trees in the ground. We needed lots of shovels, mattocks, wheelbarrows etc when 35 or 40 people turned out to help. The sites were mostly adjacent to cane land and quite distant from residential areas. We worked mainly with cane farmers then, but as time passed, with engineers and developers until today when we have fully developed urbanized sites.  Today we rely much less on field days as people do not wish to give up a large chunk of their weekend or drive to a site distant from home.

We began in 2005 to involve residents living in homes backing onto our creeks, letter boxing residents and inviting them to plant riparian trees behind their homes. We might only get one or two residents respond initially but once their neighbours or passers by saw what was happening the requests for individual sites soared.

2008 marks a change of direction in our revegetation activities. The entire site funded by Envirofund is resident initiated and managed. The project manager requested help with the supply of  trees  at Deadmans Gully, Clifton Beach. This area was not on our plans so we asked ecologist Stuart Worboys to survey the gully and draw up a revegetation plan. This project received an Envirofund grant 2007/08.


Stuart dwarfed by the melaleucas
Deadman’s Gully 25 March 2008
A sign was put up on this site as passers by started taking an interest. Soon the project was extended to link up with a Council site on Greenhaven Street with residents all along the creek running into Deadmans Gully taking part. We were able to supply trees for this complementary revegetation from our Community Revegetation Unit. The resident who made the initial request for trees was the project manager. Encouraging one or two residents to manage sites saves us much duplication of service as the trees can be delivered to a central place for distribution rather than individually to each resident and any needs participants may have are channeled into just one contact.

This project is complete and a sign has gone up acknowledging the funding source and the project manager’s contribution. The site  has become an on-going labour of love for this energetic resident. Many other residents in the Clifton Beach area are involved doing their own patch.

Apart from the initial survey, we did some site preparation and supplied the trees etc. All the actual planting and maintenance is being done by the residents. Even the promotion of the extended project was resident managed with only the flyers printed for them.

In July 2008 we received funding from the Reef Hotel Casino Community Benefit Fund for a chainsaw and drill to help with removing Tulip trees, Pond Apple, Leucaena and other pest trees from our sites. A large toolbox to attach to the trailer and Mud Guard boxes for the Toyota Landcruiser. The latter will relieve the chaos behind the seat of the vehicle where all manner of things used frequently such as a club hammer, ropes, insect repellant to name but a few are kept.

Without grants such as this we would be greatly restricted in our ability to respond to community requests for support of their projects.

The grants are not difficult to put together and account for when expended and we would encourage all community groups to consider applying. We have used our incorporated status to help other groups obtain funds in the past but grants of up to $5000 do not require the group applying to be incorporated now.