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Clean Up Australia Day and more in March

Daniel Bouwmeester    February 27, 2023    5 min read   
SLNC’s Luise Manning.

March is gearing up to be an action-packed month for Springfield residents who want to take action to preserve and protect the natural environment.

The first weekend alone is going to be busy. Sunday, March 5, is Clean Up Australia Day, with clean-up events being held at Springfield Lakes, Redbank Plains, and elsewhere across the country. Details below.

Parks Week begins on Saturday, March 4, and runs through to Sunday, March 12. Springfield residents can close out Parks Week with a fun and friendly ‘Tea & Trees Picnic in the Park’ event organised by Springfield Lakes Nature Care (SLNC). Check below for details.

In late March, it’s the Queen’s Jubilee with a SLNC-run bushcare event set for Opossum Creek Parklands on the 26th.

For all questions and enquiries relating to these events and other SLNC activities, meetings, and volunteer opportunities, contact Luise Manning at info@springfield lakesnaturecare.org.au or visit the Facebook page.

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Clean Up Australia Day – March 5

Clean Up Australia Day is Sunday, March 5, and Springfield Lakes Nature Care (SLNC) is inviting you to be part of this event, which was started over thirty years ago, by Ian Kiernan, AO, an “average Australian bloke” who had a simple idea to make a difference to the environment.

This year, we want to address the litter that is left behind in our parks or thrown from cars and ends up on footpaths and in waterways.

If you would like to step up and clean up an area near your home, please register online and come to Discovery Lake to collect your bags and gloves.

For more information, please contact SLNC at info@springfieldlakesnaturecare.org.au. To register for free tickets, search “Clean Up Springfield Lakes” on Eventbrite, or click here.

Parks Week – March 4-12

From March 4 to 12, hundreds of organisations across Australia and New Zealand will hold events to celebrate the vital role parks play in creating liveable cities and thriving communities.

Parks Week 2023 will focus on how spending time in our parks and open spaces positively influences our wellbeing.

So, grab your picnic blanket and pack some games and join us for our Tea & Trees Picnic in the Park event on Sunday, March 12.

For more information or to register for free tickets, search “Tea & Trees in the Park” on Eventbrite, or click here.

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Queen’s Jubilee – March 26

Last year, Springfield Lakes Nature Care obtained a grant from the Federal Government to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee to honour the Queen’s 70 years of service to Australia and the Commonwealth.

The project will leave a lasting legacy in memory of the Queen by planting endemic species to enhance the tree canopy in Opossum Creek Parklands for all Australians to enjoy now and into the future.

Why not come down to Opossum Creek Parklands and enjoy morning tea fit for a Queen? Free coffee or tea from Angie’s Barrista Koffee.

Learn about the plans SLNC has for revegetating the creek and sign up for several community planting events which will take place during 2023.

Displays showcasing our Bushcare Rehabilitation Project, free gift bag and a copy of  Birdwalks of Greater Springfield booklet will be available.

For more information or to register for free tickets, search “Queen’s Jubilee Morning Tea” on Eventbrite, or click here.

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National tree day event at Opossum Creek Bushcare Site. All images: SLNC.

Clean Up Australia Day – Ipswich, Redbank Plains sites

For those a little further west of Springfield, there are plenty of Clean Up Australia Day sites operating in the Greater Ipswich region, including Redbank Plains, this Sunday.

Redbank Plains CUA Day site coordinator Pye Augustine said volunteering means making a pledge to improve and protect the environment.

“Clean Up Australia events change the way we think about our everyday habits and the practical ways each of us can make.”

“The event starts at 8am. Registration is free and can be completed on site prior to the briefing,” Pye said.

The Redbank Plains site is located at Fernbrooke Ridge Sports Ground, Fernbrooke Boulevard.

“The registration marquee will be located in the car park, next to the toilet block.”

Volunteers will receive a clean up kit, with gloves, bags, and other safety equipment. Sunscreen is provided. Personal safety equipment such as enclosed shoes, a hat, and a water bottle is essential.

Families are welcome, however, for safety, all children need to be under the supervision of an adult.

“At the conclusion of the event, Domino’s Fernbrooke will provide light refreshments with an appearance by Pepperoni Pete. Also, the Member for Bundamba Lance McCullum will be providing water.”

“It will be a great day helping our environment!”

For further information, contact Pye Augustine 0487 268 688

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Image: Pye Augustine.

Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.