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Guy Hazlewood    June 28, 2024    4 min read   

Winter is a great time to get out into nature and Springfield Lakes Nature Care (SLNC) has got a host of wonderful, adventurous, educational, environmental and family-friendly events to keep you busy from July to August.

The Peaks to Points Festival, a fortnight-long festival proudly supported by the Brisbane, Redlands, Logan and Ipswich City Council, is back on again this year.

Waterbug Blitz is on offer in July. Source: Springfield Lakes Nature Care

The biennial event aims to provide a forum for community groups and businesses on the south side of the Brisbane River (including Ipswich, Redlands and Logan City Councils areas) to collaborate in engaging with the community, hosting events and activities focusing on important environmental and sustainability issues in the area.

Close to 50 family-friendly events across the south side of Brisbane and SLNC along with many other Landcare and environmental groups will be hosting several events during the festival.

Previously known as the Oxley Creek Water Festival, which focused on the Oxley Creek catchment between Tennyson/Graceville and Mount Perry on the northeastern side of Flinders Peak.

The Peaks to Points Festival was held for the first time in 2008. The festival now encompasses the areas on the southern side of the Brisbane River from Ipswich to Redlands, an area of approximately 750 square kilometres.

The highlight of the fortnight celebrations is the FREE Family Day at the Oxley Creek Common, situated on Sherwood Road, Rocklea which takes place Saturday July 21 from 10 am – 3pm.

The day will feature live local entertainment including the QLD Urban Utilities Water Warriors Show, Super Steph Magic Show, Ignite Community Choir, Red Rocket 3 and The Guitar Bro.

There will be FREE kids’ arts and crafts hosted by Messy Play Co, face painting, interactive and informative stalls, along with food and beverage vendors.

SLNC will be hosting a number of events in Greater Springfield, from Spotlight Nights, Bird Walks, and Koala Counting Walks.

These events are very popular so please register your interest early as events are often capped at between 25-30 people.

Our Koala Count walk is already sold out, but you are more than welcome to contact us and put your name down to attend.

Other organisations are holding koala walks so it may be possible to join their event instead.

You could also join the Platypus Watch team on July 20 for a morning walk along Opossum Creek talking about the local platypuses.

Platypus Watch ecologist Tamielle Brunt will be speaking about their charismatic biology, conservation, and importance in a freshwater system, point out habitat features that sustain them in the area.

For more information Tamielle Brunt on platypus@wildlife.org.au.

Expressions of interest are now being taken for the Platypus Watch event that will take place on Sunday August 11 at 4.45 am.

If you’re interested in being part of this Citizen Science Week activity. please register now as registrations will close on July 30 2024.

Registrations are through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/platypus-watch-tickets-919140874097.

We are also hosting a few citizen science activities including a Waterbug Blitz on 21st July to provide people and children about the health of our waterways.

This is a hands-on event, and participants will watch scientist Dr. David Manning demonstrate how to do a water bug collection sample and learn about different types of waterbugs found in Opossum Creek.

Once all the waterbugs have been identified and recorded the app will provide a rating on how healthy our water is.

The Weed Workshop on 28 July 1 pm – 3.30pm with Dr David Manning, an Environmental Scientist, at the Opossum Creek Bushcare site on the Louise Clews Walkway just off Lomandra Court, Brookwater.

David will walk participants through how weeds spread, how to identify weeds, how to treat and remove them.

He will talk about different methods suitable for certain weeds, from hand pulling, digging, spraying and the cut paint method.

This a great event to get out in nature for the afternoon to enjoy the sounds of whipbirds and other birds whilst improving the environment and your wellbeing with a dose of nature. 

Our Bushcare Program is back on, and we will be holding a Bushcare Blitz at the Bushcare site in Brookwater.

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Guy Hazlewood