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Springbrook Rescue Project + hike

  • Jul 5, 2013 · 8:00 PM
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This is a weekend voluntary work plus many optional activities and hikes.

The Australian Rainforest Conservation Society (ARCS) embarked on an ambitious project to protect and restore the World Heritage rainforests of the Springbrook region in 2008.

ARCS has a contract with the Queensland Government to restore these areas based on facilitated natural regeneration. ARCS is a national, non-government, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Brisbane.


The restoration project is an international case study for ecological restoration with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Springbrook Rescue is a long-term project that aims to restore and enhance critical habitat and functional connectivity, lost over the last century, around the wet heartland of the Gondwana Rainforests World Heritage Area (GRWHA).

Eradicating new, forest replacing, shade-tolerant weeds that threaten the World Heritage Area is an urgent priority.

ARCS offers accommodation for groups of up to 14 volunteers at$20/night/person (to cover costs of electricity, insurance and maintenance). The Lodge has kitchen, dining and living room facilities and has beautiful night time views of the Gold Coast.

They are looking for self organising groups of up to 14 volunteers to go to Springbrook for a day or a weekend. They only ask for groups to do 4 hours work and they supply all tools. Brisbane bushwalkers are currently involved in the project and usually arrive on Friday night, go bushwalking Saturday and then dig out Aristea ecklonii (an invasive weed) on one of the recovery areas for 4 hours on the Sunday or vice versa. ARCS staff usually give a presentation on the project on the Friday or Saturday night and provide morning tea when we have a break during the weeding.

Volunteers will be able to enjoy some of the loveliest scenery in Australia, and explore any of the wonderful rainforest walks through the National Parks in this iconic natural heritage.

We will be allowed to do 2 tracks which are not open to general public: The Lodge Track (class 5) and Ankida Waterfall Track (class 3).

We can do 4 hours of weeding on Saturday and some hikes on Sunday. Other available activities are:

Daytime: bird watching, cloud watching, plant identification, photography, bushwalking, arts and crafts, galleries etc.

Evenings: glow-worms, stargazing, talks, seminars, videos, relaxing around the fore, rading etc.

Rhea Phelan, Volunteer Co-ordinator of ARCS has already booked the weekend for our group so we need a group of 14-20 people for this cause. 13 people already confirmed from Happy Hikers group so we need a few more to up to a total of maximum 20 people.

You can find more info in a PDF file I attached. Plz go to tab MORE, then FILE and you can find eVolunteer accomodation file there. Also plz see these links:

http://www.springbrookrescue.org.au/TheSpringbrookRescueProject.html

http://www.rainforest.org.au/index.htm

http://iucnworldconservationcongress.org/member_s_assembly/iucn_awards/honorary_membership_of_iucn/?10352/Dr-Aila-Keto-Australia

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it possible to turn up for one day only?

    June 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sunday is better for me.

      June 29, 2013

  • Mahmood

    Unfortunately as Rhea explained we have to postpone this event due to weather conditions which is out of our control. I postpone it to 5-7 July and wish U a great weekend. In the meantime, plz feel free to have a look at other meetup events for this weekend. I will post the link here if I find something relevant. C U soon and I apologize again for any inconveniences made. Cheers

    May 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, just got a new job starting monday so will have to back out, sorry! Have a fun weekend :)

    May 8, 2013

  • Mahmood

    Plz update your RSVPs. We may still have 1-2 spots left, cheers

    May 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, is it still possible to join?

    April 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can you re-post the PDF info please? I can't find it. Also the RSVPs are closed so I can't join.

      April 29, 2013

    • Mahmood

      Sorry about late reply. Apparently there was a technical problem. I opened RSVPs and the file is already there. Just go to tab MORE and then FILES.
      C U soon!

      May 6, 2013

  • Irene B.

    So disappointed to have to change my RSVP to a No .. have a new flat mate moving in on that w/e & have to help them pack/clean other place : (

    April 29, 2013

  • Mahmood

    We have 19 RSVPs from Happy Hikers so we will be about 20 people which is great!

    April 28, 2013

  • Christine S.

    Oops! please ignore - just remembered I have a previous commitment on the Sunday which is why I did not RSVP when it was offered.

    April 10, 2013

  • Christine S.

    Would very much like to join this outing - any chance of being added to the list?

    April 10, 2013

  • Irene B.

    (+1). Have always wanted to help out with a project such as this so count me in! : ) (need to confirm date tho)

    February 18, 2013

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