Stoney Creek Beautification

A group of Volunteers recently took on a bit of a project up at Stoney creek, planting over 1000 trees as part of a beautification and a weed management program. At the Savannahlander we are so impressed with this initiative we are happy to give the great work a plug on our site here. Savannahlander passengers will benefit from the improvements made to this area, as it is an early feature we like to show on the trip.

I am going to pinch the words of Wayne Harrison, who is the Track Maintenance Supervisor of  our  region.

Attached are some photos of our volunteer planting day at Stoney Ck Yard last Saturday 4th April.  As part of our Environmental Management Plan for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area we had previously removed most of the exotic species that had previously been planted throughout the station yard. This left the yard looking bare and weeds eventually took over the areas where the exotics had been removed.  This project involved removal of the weeds and remaining exotics and the planting of 1200 native species, all of which are found within a 30km radius of Stoney Ck.  When established, the plants will help to keep out weeds thus reducing long-term maintenance as well as greatly enhancing the aesthetics of the station yard for our passengers and helping us to comply with our environmental obligations.  Working area has been left for track maintenance and turning of hirail vehicles.

Planting was carried out by 16 volunteers from Kuranda Envirocare and QR Asset Services with the only costs on the day being for the plants, fertiliser, mulch, lunch and the Botanist who sourced the plants and supervised the planting.  There were also some costs for labour prior to the planting day for spraying weeds and preparing the site.  Unfortunately on Saturday we only managed to plant 1050 of the planned 1200 plants because we ran out of time, mulch, water crystals and energy.  The water crystals were used in the planting to help the plants survive any dry spells in the establishment period and we did not want to plant the remaining plants without them.  These will be planted after Easter.

Safety was maintained as a priority on the site and almost all of the volunteers had been given TSI training and had current pink cards.  A couple of extras who turned up on the day worked away from the track and were kept under supervision.  All work was carried out within a TOA.

Other planting work has also been carried out at Mantaka where the trees planted will shade out the Guinea Grass and eventually eliminate a fire problem, and between Kuranda Station and Jumrum Ck where shrubs and small trees will shade out Guinea Grass to improve the aesthetics of the approach into Kuranda Station.  One other site will be planted this wet season at The Weir to also eliminate the Guinea Grass and improve the aesthetics of this site.  These sites are aslo being planted using volunteers from Kuranda Envirocare with QR covering the cost of the plants, materials and Botanist.

Other sites are being planned for next wet season to eliminate guinea grass and weeds from viewing areas which currently need regular slashing and to plant green screens along the boundary at Redlynch where units and houses have been built.

A view of the old waiting shed

A view of the old waiting shed

Another view of the old waiting shed

Another view of the old waiting shed

The hard working volunteers

The hard working volunteers

Volunteers at work

Volunteers at work

The Yard

The Yard