February Flood-Looking North
LOWER BANK NEAR RAMP-149 Hours.
February Flood-Looking North
LOWER BANK NEAR RAMP-149 Hours.
These areas are private land. With the permission of the owners we will gradually clear the banks, then we give the owners a variety of trees and shrubs to start the job of planting out the area. We called back to these areas to give any help that may be required.
March 2013-This is the Western end of our work on the Southern bank so far. The Coral Trees have been cleared and many stumps dug out and the grass is starting to cover the bare ground. Hopefully this area will be planted out soon. A major blockage was cleared under these trees.
March 2013-The following photos are of the northern side of the creek which as you can see needs a lot of work to clear.
April 2013-Northern Bank behind 44 Newbridge Street-Corals are starting to die back after poisoning.
April 2013-Looking onto 44 Newbridge Street after Corals have died.
April 2013-This is looking up onto Number 42.
April 2013-Vines, Coral, Privet and Camphor Trees dominate the bank. Under this was cement, bitumen, tiles and bricks.
April 2013-Work is beginning on the northern bank behind 40 Newbridge Street.
25 April 2013-Coral Trees cut down, they seem to always go in the creek. Some clearing completed on RHS.
April 2013-Clearing ongoing as seen from the southern bank. At the log in the lower right of picture was quite a bad blockage that took some time to clear.
April 2013-Clearing the top of the bank-under here was concrete, steel, bessa blocks, even a Holden Engine. That is a large section of Madeira Vine at RH bottom.
May 2013-Clean up is going well-unfortunately at the top you can see some of the cement, blocks and tyres appearing where they have been dumped.
May 2013-Clearing is almost finished. Main obstacles from now are cement pipes and blocks.
22 May 2013-Bottom section well cleared, along the top we found a Holden engine!
May 2013-On this side we have a lot of the material removed. In the foreground is a girder that Kay and I hand winched out of the creek. The large cement structure we broke into pieces with a sledge hammer so we could carry away the waste.
May 2013-There is always a large pile of Coral Trees.
July 2013-Looking up onto Number 42 after clearing.
19 July 2013-Number 42, we are starting to clear the fence line on the LHS.
23 July 2013-Fence line has been cleared to stop undergrowth coming back onto property.
23 July 2013-I have dug out 3 more Coral stumps and the owners are planting the trees and shrubs supplied. From now we just keep an eye on noxious plants and any regrowth.
July 2013-Job almost completed at 40. Another load of chip to go in and add a few plants to finish. Note that the creek is swollen.
July 2013-The last of the chip has been put in on the RHS, the owners wish to try and grass the area in the front.
July 2013-The area is finished, it has been a difficult job because of the incredible amount of concrete etc. we had to carry out.
July 2013-Another picture of the finished job.
I commenced work on cleaning this area which is Parish land on the southern side of Hollingworth Creek in 2008.
2008-Hollingworth Creek winding its way from the river out to the Tuncester flats.
2008-Wilson River at Lismore. Hollingworth Creek enters the river on the LHS just past the lower bridge over the Wilson River.
July 2008- The lantana, privet and vines started at the top of this photo. It was so thick you could not see the creek from where this photo was taken. There were 11 Coral Trees. The vines had grown to the top of the mature trees you can see in the foreground.
July 2008- This area was covered in thick grass reeds and there were 3 Coral trees that needed clearing. On the far bank another 2 Coral Trees were cleared.
July 2008- This bank was heavily infested with asparagus, balloon, convulvus vines, privet and lantana. This area had been used for illegal dumping of concrete, tiles, bricks and timber. Also the usual Coral trees.
September 2008-Presentation of Table to Nev Steenson, a very good worker for the school and Parish over many years.
May 2009-Minor Flooding before planting had really got underway.
May 2009-Minor Flood
January 2010-The first trees are underway.
January 2010-Early Growth of Lomandra and a few trees.
January 2010-4 Plants are growing on Eastern Corner of Gardens.
January 2010-Bottom section-grass growing back.
August 2010-a small Blackwood and a few shrubs.
August 2010-Eastern garden a Red Cedar and a few River Oak.
August 2010-Nevs Table and the start of the Western Garden.
October 2010-Blackwood in foreground and Red Cedar on RHS.
February 2011-Eastern Garden.
February 2011-Lomandra and Lilly Pilly doing very well here.
February 2011-Bottom section looking good.
May 2011-Western end of main garden.
May 2011-Main garden coming along.
June 2011-Blue Quandong and Red Cedar. Cedars are being attacked by the Tip Moth.
June 2011-Lower section adjoining creek.
June 2011-Western End of main garden.
21 June 2012-Eastern Garden
21 June 2012-Blue Quandong, Red Cedar and Blackwood doing very well.
21 June 2012-Lomandra and Lilly Pilly group were amongst first planted.
21 June 2012-Another shot of main garden.
21 June 2012-Many Lomandra plants put in through here.
25 July 2012-Plants just starting in this garden.
25 July 2012-Main Garden looking East.
25 July 2012-Western garden has been planted.
25 July 2012-4 Bangalow Palms planted.
25 July 2012-Planting done in Western garden.
16 September 2012-Starting to plant out the bank with Lomandra.
9 September 2012-The second garden established below the main garden.
9 September 2012-Plants just starting.
February 2013-Blue Quandong and Lilly Pilly doing well.
29 January 2013-The gaps are gradually going and being filled with trees and shrubs.
January 2013-Minor Flooding-looking upstream.
January 2013-Minor Flooding-below main garden.
February 2013-This area right next to the creek seems to be quite slow growing. This garden is known as Kays garden as it was her idea and she did the bulk of the work setting it up.
17 February 2013-Loooking at the main garden from Child Care Centre.
17 February 2013-Growth of plants in lower garden very evident.
17 February 2013-Second section of garden has been added.
17 February 2013-Third garden added, note Lomandra and Lilly Pilly how well they are doing.
3 April 2013-Main Garden-very pleased with this.
19 April 2013-The main garden is going really well. The lower garden a little slow.
20/8/2013-Main Garden seems to be growing well.
20/8/2013-Western end of main garden is flourishing.
20/8/2013-Lower gardens are now growing steadily.
20/8/2013-Eastern Garden lost two trees to some type of insect/fungus attack. Red Cedars still being attacked by Tip Moths.
This area is made up of three private blocks running parallel to Newbridge Street. In numbers of Coral Trees it has been the most we have had to clear up to this time. We commenced work in July 2013 and finished in December 2013.
11 July 2013-Area behind 18-24 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013-Area behind 20-26 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013-This is behind 26 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013-Creek behind about 22 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013- Behind 22 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013-Behind 26 Newbridge Street.
11 July 2013-Behind 24 Newbridge Street.
1 August 2013-All along the creek Corals are dying after poisoning.
14 September 2013-More Corals have been cut down-these are cut into manageable lengths and carried to the piles.
20 September 2013-Logs blocking the creek were winched out of the creek today and some of the trees in the photo have been cut down.
20 September 2013-6 Coral Trees cut down and removed, looking upto 26-28 Newbridge Street.
19 September 2013-A Large section of exotic Cassia has been removed and three smaller Coral Trees tangled up with the Cassia are gone.
19 September 2013-This eastern end has been cleared of Coral Trees and planting of Indigenous Native plants has begun.
5 October 2013-Behind 24-26 Newbridge Street-Corals cleared.
5 October 2013-Last of the Corals cut down behind 28 Newbridge Street.
7 October 2013-Looking North East at 16/18/20 Newbridge Street. Clearing almost finished, we need to cut stumps off.
26 October 2013-What a difference it makes when the piles of Coral Trees are gone.
26 October 2013-This is the area behind 16-22 Newbridge Street, only the stumps need to be cut off to finish and then more planting can be done.
26 October 2013-Steve Cubis Tree Services so very kindly donated his time and machinery to pick up the Coral trees that have been cut down.
26 October 2013-I am cutting up the last large tree while Steve fills another truckload.
26 October 2013-We are gradually working along this bank cutting stumps down to a lower level.
26 October 2013-The 2 very large Coral Trees are down and cut up for removal.
26 October 2013-Steve Cubis in the excavator loading Les Armstrong’s Lousiville. Les kindly took a couple of loads to the tip for us.
2 November 2013-This is the southern side looking west finally cleared of all Coral trees and cleared of waste. This is behind 24-26 Newbridge Street.
2 November 2013-This is the southern side looking to the East. This is also cleared of Coral Trees and the waste disposed of.
2 November 2013-This is the Northern side behind 24-26 Newbridge Street-some stumps to be cut back and final removal of the last Coral tree waste.
14 November 2013-Minor flooding after 2 storms.
14 November 2014-Minor flooding behind 16-18 Newbridge Street.
17 November 2013-Eastern end all clear now.
17 November 2013- Central section ready now for planting.
17 November 2013-Western section also clear now.
29 November 2013- Planting of about 120 trees and shrubs has been done so far.
29 November 2013-All Clearing done-plants have gone in. In the foreground was a very large Lantana bush and about 3 utility loads of steel, wood,glass,foam etc.
29 November 2013-Lower section in creek bank to be planted out next week with swamp loving trees.
29 November 2013-This section has been planted out, lets hope they all grow.
9 December 2013-Coral Tree has fallen into creek after storm. I have cut the top out of the tree, now we have to try and cut the remainder into sections that we can remove from the creek.
9 December 2013-We have planted out this section with about 60 Rainforest Trees.
9 December 2013- I made a table and stool in the hope people would have a place to relax and enjoy the creek and nature. This is at the end of Crown Street.
More blockages, I do not think these will be much fun-Lot 164.
Overgrowth coming down to the creek-Near the start of Hernes Area.
4/1/14 – These are just a few of the Coral Trees coming through the undergrowth. As can be seen the creek has been always used as a dumping ground-Lower area 166.
One blockage cleared here another 3 or 4 to go-Lot 168
Starting to clear further down western bank, already cut down about 45 Coral Trees-Lot 168.
When clearing you do not always like what you find. A very large tyre and a major blockage-Lot 168.
This area is now fairly clean. We will start to spread more wood chip and plant out the banks. I have walked the creek and removed a lot of plastic, another tyre and a lot of rotting wood. Another blockage cleared to the left of this photo. This picture is roughly the same area depicted in photo 3-Lot 168.
This is the area where illegal dumping has taken place. Because of its content the Council are checking what is there-lot 160.
20/7/18- A little further along.
5/3/19-Last of the harder clearing done today.
Clearing along creek behind Mower Garage
Bank cleared behind 166-168
This block is a private residence next to the first area I cleared. Main infestation was Singapore Daisy and Convulvus vine. Kay and I dug across the entire site to rid it of these noxious weeds as Roundup was not very efficient.
23 July 2013-Main bank from Northern side.
23 July 2013-Immediately opposite previous photo 5 Coral Trees that have been poisoned and will die back in the coming weeks.
23 July 2013-Moving West along the main bank we have Billy Goat Weed and a few small Coral Stumps.
25 July 2013-Work started on bank-We used mattocks to clear the entire bank.
3 August 2013-LHS of the bank has been cleared and covered in woodchip.
12 August 2013-Piles of Singapore Daisy to dispose of.
12 August 2013-Another shot from higher on the bank.
12 August 2013-We have started on the main bank. A few plants have been put in and a good covering of wood chip.