Duckpond

This is a project is being carried out by The South Lismore Duckpond Landcare Group. Started April 2013 duckpond_1This photo is taken looking west across the Southern end of the Duckpond. Kay and I have poisoned a number of Coral Trees to try and clear the section in front of the pond. May 2013duckpond_2This photo is taken from the East bank looking towards Quarry Hill. 5/2013duckpond_3These are the dead Coral Trees behind 25 Casino Street behind them is the Duckpond.  5/2013duckpond_5In the foreground is Castor Oil Plant another Exotic Plant that needs to be removed. 5/2013duckpond_6This is part of the section I am working to try and clear the Coral Trees and vines so the Duck Pond can be seen by people on the Eastern Bank. 6/2013duckpond_7As usual the pile of dead Coral Trees continues to grow. 8/2013

Allan and myself have started to cut a pathway from the rear of Sheafes heading East and then we will turn North.
I have started to cut a pathway from the rear of 33 Casino Street heading East and then we will turn North. 8/2014
A Decent pile of Coral Trees is starting
A Decent pile of Coral Trees is starting-8/2014
As cab seen here there are some very large trees
As can be seen here there are some very large trees – 8/2014

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The path ahead looks messy. 8/2014

This photo is slightly North of previous photo.
This photo is slightly North of previous photo- 8/2014
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These trees at the western end of the Pond will be poisoned. 8/2014
This is taken from the Eastern end of the Duck Pond. The water level is quite low at the moment.
This is taken from the Eastern end of the Duck Pond. The water level is quite low at the moment. 8/2014
The Duck Pond from the South.
The Duck Pond from the South.  8/2014
The path opened up a little further today.
The path opened up a little further today.  8/2014
A little further on a small opening in the trees.
A little further on a small opening in the trees. 8/2014
Looking North from where Allan and I are working
Looking North from where we are working  8/2014
Always more Coral Trees to get rid of
Always more Coral Trees to get rid of – 8/2014
Looking from above into the area we are heading.
Looking from above into the area we are heading. 8/2014
Looking to the South/West you can Now see the Duckpond-more to come.
Looking to the South/West you can now see the Duckpond-more to come.  8/2014
28/8/14-Minor Flooding.
28/8/14-Minor Flooding.
Flooding-looking North.
Flooding-looking North.
This is where we will clear a track to the centre of the duckpond.
This is where I will clear a track to the eastern side of the duck pond, coming off Ostrom Street. 9/14
Starting to clear the track.
Starting to clear the track in from Ostrom Street.  9/2014
Continue Clearing
Continue Clearing  9/2014
Still Going
Still Going  9/2014
A lot of cutting.
A lot of cutting ahead.  9/2014
More Coral Trees.
More Coral Trees. 9/2014
This is the West side of the centre of the Duckpond.
This is the West side of the centre of the Duckpond.  9/2014
Looking into the Centre.
Looking into the Centre. 9/2014
The first section of road being cleared.
The first section of road being cleared by Craig Allan and Bobcat. 9/2014
Further down the road-Craig is clearing in the Bobcat.
Further down the road-Craig is clearing in the Bobcat.  9/2014
Continuing on clearing as we go.
Continuing on clearing as we go. 9/2014
Just starting to get into more open areas.
Just starting to get into more open areas. 9/2014
Clearing now picking up pace.
Clearing now picking up pace.  9/2014
Craig Allan-very generous with his time and equipment and an excellent operator.
Craig Allan-very generous with his time and equipment and an excellent operator. 9/2014
Into the centre open section.
Into the centre open section. 9/2014
This heads to the gutter running through the Duckpond
This heads to the gutter running through the Duckpond  9/2014
Shindaiwa Chainsaw 70+ Coral Trees Nil
Shindaiwa Chainsaw 70+   /   Coral Trees Nil-9/2014
Built a bridge over the gully for access to Eastern side.
I Built a bridge over the gully for access to Eastern side, and paid for the timber needed.  9/2014
Northern end of Duck Pond
Northern end of Duck Pond from across Leycester Creek – 9/2014
Allan and myself have been doing quite a bit of clearing and you can see the results.
We have been doing quite a bit of clearing and you can see the results.  9/2014
This is more to the South.
This is more to the South. 9/2014
Showing the Clearing done from the Southern Bank.
Showing the Clearing done from the Southern Bank.  9/2014
We pulled all the Coral Trees out of the Pond and cleared the bank.
We pulled all the Coral Trees out of the Pond and cleared the bank. 9/2014
A stool I made was "dug" in on the Eastern bank
A stool I made was “dug” in on the Eastern bank 9/2014
This is the northern end of the Duck Pond taken from across Leycester Creek.
This is the northern end of the Duck Pond taken from across Leycester Creek  9/2014
This area I am told was used as a training ground for a Rugby League team.
This area I am told was used as a training ground for a Rugby League team.  9/2014
Clearing Underway.
I am clearing at rear of 35 Casino Street. 9/2014
Job Done
Job Done –  9/2014
One of the folk that back on to the Pond has lost their view with the Coral Tree invasion.
One of the folk that back on to the Pond has lost their view with the Coral Tree invasion.  10/2014
Over thirty Coral Trees later, view is returned.
Over thirty Coral Trees later, view is restored. 10/2014
I cut down/poisoned 8 Coral Trees and then cleared the area for a Carpark.
I cut down/poisoned 8 Coral Trees and then cleared the area for a Carpark. 10/2014
Cut down/poisoned 3 Coral trees and dragged away other branches that had been dumped here, thus opening up the approach to the bridge.
Cut down/poisoned 3 Coral trees and cleared area, thus opening up the approach to the bridge. 10/2014
I have been clearing around the groves of Coral Trees to make it easier/safer for injecting and cutting. These are to the North of the bridge.
I have been clearing around these Coral Trees to make it easier/safer for injecting and cutting. These are North of the bridge. 10/2014
16/10/14-This is the same grove taken on the Eastern side.
16/10/14-This is the same grove taken on the Eastern side.
This grove of Coral Trees is to the South of the bridge, poisoning these has commenced.
This grove of Coral Trees is to the South of the bridge, poisoning these has commenced. 10/2014
This is the Southern section at front all cleaned out tready for poisoning/removal.
This is the Southern section at front all cleaned out ready for poisoning/removal. 10/2014
This area adjacent to the Pond-NE corner is the next to be cleared.
This area adjacent to the Pond-NE corner is the next for me to clear. 10/2014
This is to the left of previous photo
This is to the left of previous photo 10/2014
Starting on the cutting
I have started on the cutting  11/2014
Cutting/clearing now done.
Cutting/clearing now done. 11/2014
Allan has been very busy. He has stacked the cut timber into 3 piles like this one.
We have stacked the cut timber into 3 piles like this one.  11/2014
26/10/14-The Duck Pond is drying out.
11/14-The Duck Pond is drying out.
This is the area leading to the bridge.
This is the area leading to the bridge. 11/2014
5/3/15-South bank behind 35 Casino Street.
5/3/15-South bank behind 35 Casino Street.
5/3/15-Dumping is always prevalent.
5/3/15-I have started clearing-Dumping is always prevalent.
6/3/15-First Plants going in.
6/3/15-I purchased Plants and have begun planting.
12/3/15-More clearing done and more plants gone in.
12/3/15-More clearing done and more plants gone in.
12/3/15-Rear of 35 Casino Street cleaned out.
12/3/15-Rear of 35 Casino Street cleaned out.
9/3/15-Start on clearing Leycester Creek Bank.
9/3/15-Start on clearing Leycester Creek Bank. Shane did some of the cutting here.
9/3/15-Cleared enough so far to see the water.
9/3/15-Cleared enough so far to see the water.
9/3/15-Almost cleared.
9/3/15-Almost cleared.
31/3/15-Bulldozer starting on big clean up.
31/3/15-Bulldozer starting on big clean up, the Group paid for about 60% of this. Sue and Derek paid the remainder.
31/3/15-Cleared at southern bank
31/3/15-Cleared at southern bank
31/3/15-Clearing done Eastern Bank
31/3/15-Clearing done Eastern Bank
31/3/15-Clearing down to river.
31/3/15-Clearing further along Eastern Bank.
31/3/15-Clearing down to Leycester Creek.
31/3/15-Clearing down to Leycester Creek.
31/3/15-Only the bank itself left to clear
31/3/15-Only the bank itself left to clear
31/3/15-Centre area cleared.
31/3/15-Centre area cleared.
31/3/15-Looking into the NE corner.
31/3/15-Looking into the NE corner.
31/3/15-Looking into the NW corner.
31/3/15-Looking into the NW corner.
31/3/15-Looking South along central gully.
31/3/15-Looking South along central gully.
31/3/15-Looking South through the centre section.
31/3/15-Looking South through the centre section.
31/3/15-Looking North from Top of Bank.
31/3/15-Looking North from Top of Bank.
31/3/15-Looking towards the Pond from top of Bank.
31/3/15-Looking towards the Pond from top of Bank.
11/4/15-These are the first plants going in on the flat.
11/4/15-I bought these plants and they are the first plantings to go in on the flat.
13/4/15-The third picnic table has been placed about 40 metres from the river.
13/4/15-The third picnic table I  paid for and built has been placed about 40 metres from the river.
2/5/15-Minor Flood-Looking towards Leycester Creek.
2/5/15-Minor Flood-Looking towards Leycester Creek.
23/5/15-Clearing Bank at Working Bee.
23/5/15-Clearing Bank at Working Bee.
23/5/15-More clearing this time looking west.
23/5/15-More clearing this time looking west.
14/6/15-First Plants going in on river bank.
14/6/15-First Plants going in on river bank.
14/6/15-Steps to Duck Pond have been fitted. Will be finished at next Working Bee.
14/6/15-Steps to Duck Pond have been fitted. Constructed offsite by Don Metcalfe and DG. Will be finished at next Working Bee.
28/6/15-We finished the steps at this working bee and started to plant along either side.
28/6/15-We finished the steps at this working bee and started to plant along either side.
11/8/15-Large area opened up by Forest Mulcher.
11/8/15-Large area opened up by Forest Mulcher.
10/8/15-Tp of track in from Ostrom Street-opened up and gravel laid.
10/8/15-Top of track in from Ostrom Street-opened up and gravel laid.
10/8/15-Further down track-heavy gravel laid in very muddy area.
10/8/15-Further down track-heavy gravel laid in very muddy area-Mick Santin has been very generous helping with the Gravel.
11/8/15-Forest Mulcher has gone along top of Bank..
11/8/15-Forest Mulcher has gone along top of Bank..
11/8/15-Northern end of central gully cleared-a little more needs to be done near river.
11/8/15-Northern end of central gully cleared-a little more needs to be done near river.
11/8/15-FEDC Forest Mulcher working at top of bank.
11/8/15-FEDC Forest Mulcher working at top of bank.
11/8/15-Tom Thumb's Bob Cat pushing Corals Trees up bank.
11/8/15-Tom Thumb’s Bob Cat pushing Coral Trees up bank.
11/8/15-Large area opened up by Forest Mulcher.
11/8/15-Large area opened up by Forest Mulcher.
Aerial view of main Eastern area.
19/9/15 – Aerial view of main Eastern area.
Central area and Duck Pond.
19/9/15 – Central area and Duck Pond.
Leycester Creek looking West-on left is Duck Pond area.
19/9/15 – Leycester Creek looking West-on left is Duck Pond area.
Leycester Creek looking North towards Railway Bridge.
19/9/15 – Leycester Creek looking North towards Railway Bridge.
11/10/15-Working Bee-Planting on the banks of Leycester Creek
11/10/15-Working Bee-Planting on the banks of Leycester Creek
30/11/15-there are about 50 trees planted in this area.
30/11/15-I have put in 50 trees in this area.
30/11/15- The lawns are starting to look really good.
30/11/15- The lawns are starting to look really good. Diana has done a lot of work here.
2/12/15-A start has been made on clearing along the Ostrom Street Frontage.
2/12/15-I made a start on clearing along the Ostrom Street Frontage.
8/12/15-Garden Shed donated by Peta, assembled and in place.
8/12/15-Garden Shed donated by Peta, assembled and in place.
16/1/16-The Forest Mulcher put in a short time in Ostrom Street for a excellent result.
16/1/16-The Forest Mulcher put in a short time in Ostrom Street for a excellent result.
16/1/16-The Forest Mulcher making a start on the Western Bank of the Gully.
16/1/16-The Forest Mulcher making a start on the Western Bank of the Gully.
16/1/16-The machine working on the last tree in the allocated time.
16/1/16-The machine working on the last tree in the allocated time.
16/1/16-The finished area looking South.
16/1/16-The finished area looking South.
16/1/16-Pipes being laid near bridge for heavy vehicle crossing.
16/1/16-Pipes being laid near bridge for heavy vehicle crossing.
16/1/16-Road Base brought in for road.
16/1/16-Road Base brought in for road.
250 Lomandra planted at Working Bee.
6/3/16- 250 Lomandra planted at Working Bee.
26/1/16-First Plantings by Sue and I in Ostrom Street.
29/1/16-A number of Coral Trees were removed to get access to this She Oak, vines were removed, tree is recovering and growing.
29/1/16-I removed a number of Coral Trees to get access to this She Oak, vines were removed, tree is recovering and growing.
March 2016-250 Lomandra plants put in at Working Bee
March 2016-250 Lomandra plants put in at Working Bee.
March 2016-Local Cub Group lend a hand planting 45 trees.
March 2016-Local Cub Group lend a hand planting 45 trees.
April 2016-Some of the trees that were planted near the pond, growing well.
April 2016-Some of the trees that were planted near the pond, growing well.
April 2016-Bobcat has spread gravel on Causeway.
April 2016-Bobcat has spread gravel on Causeway.
April 2016-A row of Water Gums planted along track to West end of Duck Pond
April 2016-A row of Water Gums planted along track to West end of Duck Pond
26/4/16-The area where the extended carpark will go.
26/4/16-The area where the extended carpark will go.
As Above
As Above
26/4/16-I did the mowing with All Terrain mower and have made a start on the vines and Coral Trees.
26/4/16-I did the mowing with All Terrain mower and have made a start on the vines and Coral Trees.
26/4/16-These are Coral TreesI had poisoned many months ago. They are at the North/East tip of the Pond.
26/4/16-These are Coral Trees I had poisoned many months ago. They are at the North/East tip of the Pond.
26/4/16-I have cut the trees down. Next job is to cut them into sections so they can be removed.
26/4/16-I have cut the trees down. Next job is to cut them into sections so they can be removed.
30/4/16-Dead trees have been cleared. A little more of a clear up and planting can begin.
30/4/16-Dead trees have been cleared. A little more of a clear up and planting can begin.
The Track in from Ostrom Street has been widened for safety-This is close to the bridge.
The Track in from Ostrom Street has been widened for safety-This is close to the bridge.
30/4/16-This is the section in the middle of the track.
30/4/16-This is the section in the middle of the track.
30/4/16-The top of the track.
30/4/16-The top of the track.
23/5/16-Starting on track to get access to large paddock.
23/5/16-I am starting on track to get access to large paddock.
25/5/16-Further along cutting entrance through Corals
25/5/16-Further along cutting entrance through Corals
30/5/16-Cutting through last section before paddock.
30/5/16-I have cut through last section before paddock.
30/5/16-This is the paddock that will be slashed and prepared for planting.
30/5/16-This is the paddock that will be slashed and prepared for planting.
2/7/16-This clearing towards the river from the Causeway
June 16-This clearing towards the river from the Causeway
2/7/16-These large She Oaks are now cleared, we will be able to plant in this area.
June 2016-These large She Oaks are now cleared, we will be able to plant in this area.
July 2016- Flood-Looking from the Southern side accross the Pond.
June 2016- Flood-Looking from the Southern side accross the Pond.
July 2016-Flood looking from the East to the S/W.
June 2016-Flood looking from the East to the S/W.
June 2016-A lot of work went into clearing the Compound on Ostrom Street.
June 2016-A lot of work went into clearing the Compound on Ostrom Street, major work done by our 4 ladies.
June 2016-This bank was cleared and then Lomandra and Bottlebrush planted and then mulch added.
June 2016-I cleared  this bank and then purchased  Lomandra and Bottlebrush , and planted, then mulch added, with Sue and Kays help.
3/7/16-Clearing this area for National Tree Day
3/7/16-I have been clearing this area for National Tree Day-Looking North
2/7/16-Looking South in the paddock.
2/7/16-Looking South in the paddock, where I did a lot of cutting and clearing.
28/7/16-Large Green Waste Pile.
28/7/16-Large Green Waste Pile.
2/8/16-The Green Waste gone, area cleared at last.
2/8/16-The Green Waste gone, area cleared at last.
10/8/16-Lantana bushes removed and 2 small Coral Trees on Track
10/8/16-I removed Lantana bushes and 2 small Coral Trees on Track
10/8/16-Three large piles of waste removed and 34 trees planted. Ostrom Street Entrance.
10/8/16-Myself, Sue, Tanya cleared 3 piles of waste and planted 34 trees. Ostrom Street Entrance.
6/8/16-Started to cut vines growing over trees in Front Garden.
6/8/16-I have started to cut vines growing over trees in Front Garden.
15/8/16-LHS of track-Sue and I have cleared and have started planting.
15/8/16-LHS of track-Sue, Kay and I have cleared and have started planting.
18/8/16-LCC drain on East side very overgrown.
18/8/16-LCC drain on East side very overgrown.
22/8/16-East side cleared.
22/8/16-I have managed to clear the East side.
22/8/16-Western side of drain before clearing.
22/8/16-Western side of drain before clearing.
September 2016-Western Paddock with the first plantings.
September 2016-Western Paddock with the first plantings.
11/2016-Posts and Chain at Bridge
11/2016-Posts that I made up, now in place and chain added, near bridge.
11/2016-Clearing down River Track
11/2016-Clearing down River Track
11/2016-Starting to clear south side of track.
11/2016-I am starting to clear south side of track.
12/2016-Clearing along North side of Pond
12/2016-Clearing along North side of Pond
12/2016- Steve Cubis very kindly assisting.
12/2016- Steve Cubis very kindly assisting.
12/2016-Looking accross Eastern field to North side of Pond
12/2016-Looking accross Eastern field to North side of Pond
12/2016-Moe clearing done near Pond
12/2016- I have been clearing near Pond.
1/2017-This area was a wetland-seeing if it can be rehabilitated.
1/2017-This area was a wetland-seeing if it can be rehabilitated.
1/2017-Start to clear south bank of Compound
1/2017-I have started to clear south bank of Compound
2/2017-Cutting path to start at rear of compound
2/2017-Cutting path to start at rear of compound
2/2017-Wharf Built-5 loads Gravel. Poles yet to go in.
2/2017-I built and paid for the Wharf and brought in 5 loads of Gravel to form firm base.
1/3/17- Eastern area of Creek Bank.
1/3/17- Eastern area of Creek Bank.
7/3/17-Centre area for recreation.
7/3/17-Centre area for recreation.
7/3/17-Looking accross Pond Garden to the Creek.
7/3/17-Looking accross Pond Garden to the Creek.
7/3/17-Ostrom Street Garden Progress.
7/3/17-Sue and myself have made great progress in Ostrom Street Garden.
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7/3/17-Looking towards Picnic area trees from Bridge.
Western side of drain after clearing
7/3/17-Western side of drain after I have been clearing.
18/4/17-Central Area after Flood.
18/4/17-Central Area after Flood.
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18/4/17-Central Area looking South after flood.
18/4/17-Looking North along Gully.
18/4/17-Looking North along Gully.
18/4/17-Large logs have come down river and were deposited on our picnic tables.
18/4/17-Large logs have come down river and were deposited on our picnic tables.
21/4/17-Logs have been cut to allow me to repair the picnic tables, Tanya did the stacking. From this time for next

5/6 weeks I worked alone repairing flood damage.

26/4/17-Booyong Natives starting on Riverbank Project.
26/4/17-Work starting on Riverbank Project.
26/4/17-Excavator continuing to clear Coral Trees for access to area for rehabilitation.
26/4/17-Excavator continuing to clear Coral Trees for access to area for rehabilitation.
5/5/17-This area was almost impassable before the flood-incredible power in the water to do this.
5/5/17-This area was almost impassable before the flood-incredible power in the water to do this.
3/6/17-Debris cleared from Compound.
3/6/17-Debris cleared from Compound. Susan and I paid for the Clearing of this area.
3/6/17-Starting Clearing south End of Ostrom Street Garden.
3/6/17-Starting Clearing south End of Ostrom Street Garden, which Sue and  I also paid for.
3/6/17-Area cleared for Planting.
3/6/17-Area cleared for Planting.
3/6/17-Further Clearing on the eastern side.
3/6/17-Further Clearing on the eastern side.
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3/6/17-Starting on North Side of Drain
This is the last section I worked on.
3/6/17-This is the South side of the Drain.
3/6/17-This is the South side of the Drain.
3/6/17-This is the West section of the Drain.
3/6/17-This is the West section of the Drain.
5/6/17-West section of Drain now cleared
5/6/17-West section of Drain now cleared
5/6/17-This is the south side of the drain cleared.
5/6/17-This is the south side of the drain cleared.
5/6/17-This shows the South side of the drain cleared.
5/6/17-This shows the North side of the drain cleared.
9/6/17-The Green Army have now planted this area (Pink Markers)
9/6/17-The Green Army have now planted this area (Pink Markers)

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