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Kingaroy & Districts Branch

Kingaroy Bottlebrush
Callistemon formosus
Kingaroy’s Floral Emblem

The Kingaroy and Districts Branch was formed in 1999 through the efforts of Caroline Haskard (inaugural Secretary), Len Coe (inaugural Chairman), and others. The initial membership was 14 and has since grown to nearly 40.

The Branch holds monthly meetings 11 months of the year (December is the exception at which time they have a break-up outing but no meeting). Meetings are held at various private and public sites, and are followed by various activities including workshops (covering such topics as plant propagation, plant identification, etc.), planting days, plant surveys, and tours of both public and private gardens/properties. For details of upcoming meetings see the Activities Page.

Some current projects of the Branch include:

Revegetation of a damaged area within an endangered ecosystem (a Vineforest RE 12.8.13) that is also providing habitat for the vulnerable Black-Breasted Button Quail. The site is on a roadside bordering the Nanango and Kingaroy Shires. The SGAP Kingaroy Branch sourced community funds from the World Wide Funds for Nature in February 2001. The project has received a high level of support and commitment from other community groups such as Kingaroy Landcare Group, TAFE students, Murgon Field Naturalists, service groups and Nanango and Kingaroy Shire Councils. The project has involved 20 volunteers who contributed in excess of 800 hours in revegetation, weeding, flora and fauna monitoring, and trapping of feral animals, nature surveys,
seed collection and propagation of rainforest species. The records of this project will be an invaluable basis for future work undertaken by community groups as there is a lack of information and learning opportunities on the significant steps undertaken to protect and conserve Dry Rainforests and Vineforests of the district.

In partnership with Kingaroy Shire Council Remnant Vegetation Steering Committee, Kingaroy Landcare Group, Kingaroy State and Catholic High Schools and the South Burnett TAFE college, Kingaroy Branch of SGAP has increased community participation and understanding of weed eradication and replacement at a significant nature based reserve in the heart of town. This project is providing opportunity for the wider community, local residents, schools, service clubs etc to be more involved in protecting the environment in which they live.

Publications consist of the Branch newsletter, produced monthly, and a number of Fact Sheets (produced to date by three members, with several others in preparation by other members). The newsletter has a wide distribution to 40 SGAP Branch members, Kingaroy Shire Council, SGAP
Queensland Region, Queensland State Library, and the Parliamentary Library. The Fact Sheets have become a very useful resource for the wider community as they provide detailed information on program and project activities, new techniques and results from research, update on field days and workshops for the community and useful contacts for the public.

Some of the articles promoting the Society and sensible environmental practices have also been published in The South Burnett Times, the regional newspaper; The Boyne Bulletin, a free rural newsletter; and The Burnett Buzz, published by the Burnett Catchment Care Association covering
the coast from Bundaberg to the Maroochy River and inland from Monto to Nanango.

In cooperation with the National Heritage Trust and the Kingaroy Shire Council, three free booklets have also been printed as a series of Illustrated Field Guides to Dry Rainforests of Mt. Wooroolin at Kingaroy, a private remnant at Gayndah, and a recreation reserve at Coalstoun Lakes. These were researched and written by the Branch secretary with most illustrations being reproduced with the kind permission of Janet Hauser, botanical artist. These Field Guides have been valuable in providing guidance to a series of workshops designed to improve people's skills and knowledge. The Plant Identification workshops, in which the Field Guides were used to assist people in the identification of plants, have involved 76 people (including landholders and urban residents).

For further information, please contact the Secretary.

Meetings - Third weekend each month at a different venue each time. See our Contacts page for contact details.

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