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Go Behind the Wire at Greenbank Military Training Area

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
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Rare opportunity to tour the military training area
On Monday 18th July, the community will have the opportunity of "going behind the wire" at Greenbank Military Training Area (GBTA).

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Greenbank Military Training Area - Photo Courtesy of Peaks to Points Festival Website

The GBTA area of land covers a large eucalypt forest and three endangered regional ecosystems. Oxley Creek flows through the site and there is estimated approximately sixty species of plant, including the common lillipillies (Eugenia spp) through to more exotic plants such as cats claw creeper and madeirva vine. The land is thought to also contain Aboriginal heritage, although this has not yet been documented. Much of the land is undeveloped and well vegetated, making an excellent habitat for the greater glider (Petauroides Volans) and Koala (Phascoarctos Cinereus). Of course with a heavily vegetated area, feral animals have been recorded in the area and these include the fox, cat, horse and pig. On 28th May 1996, the area was listed on the Australian Heritage Database.

The land is owned by the Department of Defence and used by the Army as a Training Area. Tours of this sort are very rare and will give the attendee a chance to view one of the five remaining vine forests south of the Brisbane River. The event is being hosted by the Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA) in conjunction with the 2016 Peaks to Points Festival and supported by the Department of Defence.

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Photo courtesy of Oxley Creek Catchment Website & Peaks To Points Festival Website

The OCCA came about in 1995 when some members of the Oxley Creek Environment Group Inc and theAustralian Marine Conservation Society Inc approached the Brisbane River Management Group (now Healthy Waterways) to establish an Integrated Catchment Management program in the Oxley Creek catchment. Funding was received from the Commonwealth to establish a committee and followed with the Oxley Creek Catchment Management Plan in 1999. New members and donations are always welcome and options for these can be located on the OCCA website.

If you are a member of the Oxley Creek Catchment Association, your entry is free for this tour, however for non-members there is a charge of $20.00 per person. The bus will pick up and drop off at the eastern side of the Corinda Railway Station, Browne Street in Corinda at 9.30am, returning at 1.00pm. Defence staff will accompany the bus as it tours the site.

Attendees are required to wear long-sleeved shirts and covered shoes and to bring water and any refreshments you require.

If you require any further information or to book for the event, please contact the Oxley Creek Catchment Association on 3345 5541 or email
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Why? Tours like this do not come around everyday
When: Monday 18th July 2016
Phone: 3345 5541
Where: Greenbank
Cost: Members Free, Non Members $20/pp
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