Redlands Bushcare - caring for the bush

The Redlands Community Bushcare Program began in 1995 with just a handful of Bushcare groups. Bushcare has since grown to over 40 groups working throughout the Redland’s mainland and Bay Islands.

Bushcare brings the community and Council together to restore conservation areas by:

  • planting local native species
  • removing weeds and rubbish
  • monitoring flora, fauna and water quality
  • collecting native seed for propagation.

Why join Bushcare?

  • Make a real difference to Redlands natural environment
  • Build life-long friendships
  • Stay active and healthy in the outdoors
  • Learn new skills and develop your knowledge on plants and animals.

Redland City Council provides groups with equipment, materials, training and the support of a dedicated Bushcare Officer. Social events and free workshops are also arranged throughout the year.

Join a group

Participating in Bushcare is as simple as finding out what Bushcare groups are in your area. Groups meet once a month for two hours and work towards common goals.

Find your local Bushcare group: 

Greater Glider 

Contact: Please phone Steve on 0423 036 676

Group meeting: Third Sunday of the month at 8am

Where: Wimborne Rd, Alexandra Hills

Description: Managing weeds, revegetating and removing litter throughout the Greater Glider Reserve

Mountain Biker's Trailcare Trackpark

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Second Sunday of most months

Where: Scribbly Gums Conservation Area and various surrounding parks

Description: Constructing and repairing various Redland City Council mountain bike trails in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Birkdale Bush

Contact: Please phone Pam and Ross on 07 3822 5545

Group meeting: Last Sunday of the month at 8am (2pm winter)

Where: Birkdale Bushland Reserve Burbank Rd and Palgold Ct, Birkdale

Desciption: Removing unwanted weeds and rubbish from along the creek and paths and replace with native plants.

Judy Holt 

Contact: Please phone Kathy on 0408 736 893

Group meeting: Last Sunday of the month at 2pm (3pm Summer)

Where: Judy Holt Reserve, past the Refuse Tip, Birkdale

Description: Revegetating and managing weeds along the riparian corridor of Tarradarrapin Creek. 

Mary Street 

Contact: Please phone Taryn on 0431 084 397 or email (taryn.mcpherson@bigpond.com)

Group meeting: First Sunday of the month at 8am

Where: Mary St, Birkdale

Description: Rehabilitating the Bushland Refuge for the wildlife and the community.

Capalaba Rotary

Contact: Please email Pammy (pibmorn@bigpond.com)

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 6am

Where: John Fredrick Park Old Cleveland Rd, Capalaba

Description: With a strong focus on highlighting local history, the group works along the Tingalpa Creek estuary removing weeds and planting natives.

Redlands IndigiScapes

Contact: Please phone Lesleigh on 0407 651 916

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8am

Where: Redlands IndigiScape Centre 17 Runnymede Rd, Capalaba

Description: Managing a significant gully by removing weeds, rubbish & planting trees.

Tipuana Drive

Contact: Please phone Don on 0400 902 383

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8am

Where: Coolnwynpin Creek Corridor Tipuana & Melaleuca Dr, Capalaba

Description: Riparian restoration along Coolnwynpin Creek.

Black Swamp Wetland

Contact: Please phone Deirdre on 3286 1867

Group meeting: Last Saturday of the month at 8.30am

Where: Wellington, Queen and Haggup St, Cleveland

Description: Revegetation projects improving the quality of the bushland surrounding the swamp.

Cape Cleveland

Contact: Please phone Faith on 0417 628 437

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 8.30am

Where: Carolena Street, Cape Cleveland

Description: Weed removal and supplementary planting along the foreshore area.

Kooringa

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Third Sunday of the month at 3pm

Where:  Kooringa Urban Habitat Kooringa Ave, Pleasant Ct and Janlaw St, Cleveland

Description: Maintaining valuable urban habitat including a hidden away fresh waterhole through weed management.

Oyster Point

Contact: Please phone Jennifer on 3821 0656

Group meeting: Second Sunday of the month at 10am

Where: Nandeebie Park at Erobin St, Cleveland

Description: Revegetating and maintaining a foreshore embankment.

Urimbirra

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3842 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 3pm

Where: Wellington and Long St, Cleveland

Description: Weed removal and planting of the riparian corridor.

Coochiemudlo 

Contact: Please phone Margrit on 0407 469 216

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8am

Where: Coochimudlo Foreshore, Coochiemudlo Island

Description: Working on the foreshores of Coochie, managing weeds and revegetating and community educational activities.

Dunwich 

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: First Saturday of the month at 7.30am

Where: Oxley Pde Foreshore, Dunwich

Description: Managing weeds and revegetating the foreshore area.

Karrawong 

Contact: Please email Errol (errolpugh@live.com.au)

Group meeting: Second Monday of the month at 10am

Where: The Esplanade, Western Beach, Karragarra Island

Description: Restoration of the Western Beach area primarily focusing on removal the removal of environmental weeds.

Lamb Island

Contact: Please phone Diane on 0407 164 312

Group meeting: Fourth Friday of the month at 2pm

Where: Clarkes Point Clarkes Tce, Lamb Island

Description: Managing weeds in a small, important foreshore pocket.

Cow Bay 

Contact: Please phone Leigh (07) 3409 5642

Group meeting: First Sunday of the month at 9am

Where: Beelong St, Macleay Island

Description: Restoring and protecting the Cow Bay littoral rainforest - one of the rarest habitats in the Redlands.

Cotton Tree 

Contact: Please phone Joanna on 3409 5522

Group meeting: Third Wednesday of the month at 9am

Where: Cotton Tree and Boat Harbour Ave, Macleay Island

Description: Revegetating around a rare freshwater wetland on Macleay Island and controlling threatening weeds.

Point Lookout 

Contact: Please email Judy (hines.mj@bigpond.com)

Group meeting: Bushcare first Saturday of the month at 8am; Nursery every Thursday of the month at 10am

Where: End of Mooloomba Rd and Timbi Rd, Point Lookout

Description: Managing weeds and revegetating the foreshore area.

Karragarra North, 

Contact: Please email Trish (trishr53@gmail.com)

Group meeting: First Monday at 2.30pm

Where: Sunset Strip, Karragarra Island

Description: Rehabilitating the foreshore reserve to remove weed infestations and improve the natural bushland for the enjoyment of the community.

Mersen Creek 

Contact: Please phone Penny on 0421 568 150

Group meeting: Second Thursday of the month at 8am

Where: Cavendish Rd, Russell Island

Description: Working to enhance the Borrows Street lagoon and Mersen Creek Corridor through tackling problematic weeds and revegetation.

Whistling Kite 

Contact: Please phone Allan on 3409 1075

Group meeting: Fourth Thursday of the month at 8.30am

Where: Minjerria Rd, Russell Island

Description: A group restoring a ferny wetland area on Russell Island while encouraging wildflowers back.

Sugarglider

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8am

Where: Sugar Glider Court, Mount Cotton 

Description: Managing weeds and restoring a gully.

Upper Weinam Creek 

Contact: Please email Diane (ditarte@ozemail.com.au)

Group meeting: Third Sunday of the month at 9am

Where: Grevillea Street, Redland Bay

Description: Improving the Grevillea Street Bushland Reserve through removing problematic weeds and revegetating the creek corridor.

Mountain Biker's Trailcare Bayview

Contact: Please phone Brad on 0402 614 526

Group meeting: Fourth Sunday of most months

Where: Bayview Conservation Area

Description: Constructing and repairing various Redland City Council mountain bike trails in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Frank Street 

Contact: Please phone Sharon on 0439 702 591

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 8.30am

Where: Frank Street Conservation Reserve Frank Street, Thorneside

Description: Maintaining an endangered vegetation community that provides habitat for wildlife such as koalas and squirrel Gliders.

Helen Street

Contact: Please email Marie (marieoco@tpg.com.au

Group meeting: Last Saturday of the month at 2pm

Where: Willard Weber Park Helen Street, Thornside

Description: Revegetating and managing a variety of weeds in a small bushland reserve, renown for its birds and koalas.

Penny Lane 

Contact: Please phone Susan on 0410 240 472

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 2pm

Where: Off Fisher Road, Thorneside. Please call the number above for meeting location. 

Description: Revegetating and managing weeds in a small bushland reserve with endangered vegetation that is an important Koala corridor. 

Luke Street

Contact: Please phone Doreen on 0407 157 556

Group meeting: Fourth Saturday of the month at 3pm

Where: Eprapah Creek Corridor Luke St, Thornlands

Description: Tackling the small weed problem along the creek and its gullies and revegetating degraded areas.

Egret Colony Wetland

Contact: Please phone Carmen on 0459 370 087

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 2pm

Where: Egret Coloy Wetland, Egret Drive, Victoria Point

Description: Managing heavy weed infestations and increasing the buffer of native plants around this wetland that is home to a variety of waterbirds.

Intrepid Drive

Contact: Please phone Col on 0438 150 317

Group meeting: Second Saturday of each month at 9pm

Where: Intrepid Dr, Victoria Point

Description: Revegetating and managing weeds along a strip of bushland that is well used by wildlife.

West Eprapah Creek

Contract: Please phone Bushcare on3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Second Saturday and fourth Sunday of the month at 8am

Where: Ondine Court and Placid Place, Victoria Point

Description: Maintaining a riparian area of Eprapah Creek through weed removal, revegetation and rubbish removal.

Hilliards Creek

Contact: Please email Chris (chrisayres@bigpond.com)

Group meeting: Second Saturday of the month at 9am

Where: Hilliards Park Dr, Wellington Point

Description: Enhancing the Hilliards Creek wildlife corridor by revegetating to widen the corridor and controlling invasive weeds.   

Station Street Wetlands

Contact: Please phone Dawn on 3207 2536

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 8.30am

Where: Station St, Wellington Point

Description: Caring for a large wetland area adjacent to Hilliards Creek through managing the weeds as the area naturally regenerates and doing revegetation work.

Wellington Woods

Contact: Please phone Bob on 3822 6069

Group meeting: Third Saturday of the month at 9am

Where: Farnham St and Warlow Close, Wellington Point

Description: Revegetating and managing the weeds within this small remnant corridor for local wildlife.

Sovereign 

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: First Saturday of the month at 7.30am

Where: Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point

Description: Maintaining the Sovereign Waters Foreshore Park area through gardening and weed maintenance.

Bushcare Birders

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au 

Group meeting: Second Wednesday of the month (except January)

Where: Meet onsite at various locations in Redland City

Description: Leisurely walks in Council Conservation areas identifying and learning about birds.

Creek Crew

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: First Wednesday of the month at 9:30am

Where: Meet at IndigiScapes or various locations in Redland City

Description: Water quality monitoring in the Coolwynpin and Hilliard Creek catchments. Baseline data is used by Council and SEQ catchments.

Seed Collection

Contact: Please phone Bushcare on 3824 8611 or email indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au

Group meeting: Last Thursday of the month at 9.30am (except December and January)

Where: Various locations

Description: A leisurely walk through various bushland reserves to collect seed used to propagate native plants in the IndigiScapes Nursery.

Koala Action Group (Tree Plantings)

Contact: Please phone Sue on 0409 664 911

Group meeting: First Sunday of most months, 8.30am (April- November)

Where: Various sites

Description: Revegetating priority areas to enhance Koala habitat and create wildife corridors. 

Start a new group

Do you have a patch of bushland you want to help restore to its natural beauty? Grab some of the local residents and apply to start your own Bushcare Group!

Download the Bushcare Group Application Form [PDF 0.2MB] and send it to a Bushcare Officer for assessment.

For more information, contact Bushcare on (07) 3824 8611 or indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au.

Bushcare activities and events

It's easy to build your knowledge of local flora and fauna by participating in our free hands-on bushcare activities. Check out our calendars below: