Thank you to Sandra Ross and the Gympie Regional Gallery for organising such an enjoyable walk and talk on Friday 15th January. We had a fantastic day last Friday sharing Messmate Park with all  the folks who came to enjoy  the event. Fortunately the park lived up to its special reputation with a sighting of a platypus, plus Meg’s keen eye spotted a koala.

The first stop was the old Messmate tree, estimated to be around 100 years old and featured in the exhibition – the Ways of Seeing : Gympie Messmate Park at Gympie Art gallery. This tree is the parent tree for all the other messmates after fire.

Over the last few visits to the park we noticed that the Nodding Orchids (Geodorum densiflorum) were popping up. On the day, our visitors spotted a flowering orchid and many other nodding orchids were close to flowering. Maybe the recent rains had prompted this late flowering?

Seeing koalas in the park was so rewarding and is one of things that inspires us to continue our bushcare work. The fake koala is a work of natural art kindly provided by the park itself.

If you would like to join the Messmate Park Bushcare Group, our next meeting will be Saturday 20th February 2021 at 8am.  An earlier start as it will be hot.

Please bring weeding tools secateurs, and lots of water.  Hat, sunscreen and sturdy shoes are a must.

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