A drone’s view of the Yarraman Creek restoration project, which begins at Emmert Street and stretches the full length of Errol Munt Park to the Yarraman Bowls Club

November 30, 2017

The Friends Of Yarraman Creek have been selected as runners-up in this year’s Queensland State Landcare Awards.

The small volunteer group have been working to rehabilitate a section of Yarraman Creek running beside Errol Munt Park for several years.

The area, which was formerly weed-infested, rubbish strewn and heavily polluted, has been gradually returned to its natural state and is now home to Australian native plants and animals, including platypus.

The group were nominated for this year’s Fairfax Media Landcare Community Group Award.

This was one of nine major awards in the competition, which attracted close to 400 nominations State-wide.

And while they placed second, the group say they are very happy with the outcome.

“We won a Healthy Waterways Award in 2016 and we are humbled to have run second in a state-wide competition with so many deserving projects,” secretary Susan Reilly said.

“On a good day the Friends Of Yarraman Creek can put seven volunteers in the field, so this is a wonderful outcome for us.”

Earlier this year, the group won first prize for a Community Organisation Garden in this year’s Colours Of Yarraman garden competition.

The Friends have also recently begun long-term aerial surveillance of their project.

On November 10, drone photographer Adrian Morrison took a sequence of aerial photos along the full length of the Yarraman Creek project to provide a different view of the restoration work.

The group hope Mr Morrison will now return on an annual basis to re-shoot the same terrain so they build up a long-term photographic record of the project’s progress.

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