Messmate Park is a 4 hectare bushland reserve on Priddy Road, Kia Ora. The park features towering 80 year old Gympie Messmates and is recorded as habitat for koalas and the endangered Giant Barred Frog, the birdlife is significant as there are lots of older trees providing nesting hollows etc. The group believe platypus live in the billabong close to Tinana Creek.
Messmate Park Bushcare Group meet every third Saturday of the month with morning tea provided. It’s a good time to relax, chat and plan the next meeting.
We recently spent a very satisfying morning tackling Cats Claw creeper near Tinana Creek. It was also very frustrating as we do try to monitor and maintain this weed. Tingid Bug is alive and well and doing some damage to this plant.
Newly planted trees are surviving – the sturdier eucalypts are sprouting higher than the tree guards .
The beautiful Hyacinth orchid is now blooming – photo is attached.
Dates to remember for our next upcoming Bushcare meetings:
Saturday 19th December 2020 – 8.30am
Monday 11th January 2021 – 8.30am
Please bring hat, water, sunscreen, Aeroguard, Surdy shoes and favourite tools
Don’t forget the ‘Ways of Seeing: Gympie Messmate Park’ exhibition running from 28th November 2020 – 23rd January 2021 at the Gympie Art Gallery
Directions: Messmate Park – follow Tin Can Bay Road, turn onto Priddy Road and the park is on Tinana Creek.
Enquiries: Sandra Lalor – 0412 137 187