For more information contact:
Qld Parks and Wildlife Service I Gold Coast Management Unit
P 07 55760271 Email: QPWS.GoldCoast@npsr.qld.gov.au
or contact the ranger
PO Box 203 Burleigh Heads Qld 4220
Weed Control at Burleigh Headland National Park
In the year 1840, Surveyor Robert Dixon named this headland Burley head, presumably because of its bulky appearance, but by 1871 Government documents show it was changed to its present spelling. Many locals preferred the original name and it persisted in use until at least 1885. In 1886, an 18.4ha area of the Burleigh headland was declared a Reserve for Public Purposes. In the following years trees were cut down for firewood, developers tried to subdivide it and farmers wanted to clear the hill and plant bananas. After years of submissions and reports, Burleigh Head was declared a National park in 1947. In 1959, Samuel S. Pegg gifted land from his estate to the park, bringing the total area to 27.6ha. And what an important National Park it is. It’s like an oasis among the high-rises that line the coastline. But it is difficult to walk around the tracks of the park without noticing the large amount of weeds that have taken over some sections near the walking track. Asparagus fern and okra are particularly bad, with their red seeds attracting birds to disperse them far and wide. You may have wondered what is been done about it.
Now you can help and be part of a team of volunteers and professionals as they rehabilitate the area under the supervision of park ranger, James Plant.
Volunteers will be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of Burleigh Head N.P. biodiversity including native plant and weed identification, knowledge of the types of floristic communities and where they occur within the N.P. the use of a range of techniques and tools used to treat a variety of weed species and the revegetation and regeneration of native plant species within different plant communities.
The group meets on the first Sunday of each month from 8 am to 12pm and undertake a range of activities including:
•Native and non-native plant species identification
•Utilising a range of tools and techniques to reduce associated impacts of weed species
•The restoration and revegetation of native plant communities
•Collection of data and development of strategies to measure the outcomes of the volunteers project
•Rubbish collection, volunteers will be encouraged to join in and help reduce the impact of rubbish throughout Burleigh Head N.P. (Clean up Australia Day)