Robots to help green up rare wallum corridor

One of the Sunsine Coast’s key green connections is to receive a 2000 tree boost as volunteers are called on to strengthen the Maroochy Noosa wallum corridor with the help of some “green-thumbed” robots.

The plantings at the Doonan Creek Environment Reserve is the focus of the Sunshine Coast Council’s public call-out to “connect, create and care for nature” as part of the National Tree Day events.

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“The Doonan Creek Environment Reserve protects a key link in the Maroochy Noosa wallum corridor — one of the most important coastal habitat areas on the Sunshine Coast,” council’s environment portfolio holder Cr Maria Suarez said.

“I’m pleased to be able to invite the community to help us care for this important area, connect with nature and learn about how we create wildlife friendly habitat in this reserve and others across the region,” Cr Suarez said.

A Skygrow Growbot ready to roll for National Tree Day at Doonan Creek.
A Skygrow Growbot ready to roll for National Tree Day at Doonan Creek.

“You can celebrate National Tree Day, and come along to plant a tree and create habitat for local wildlife,” Cr Suarez said.

Cr Suarez said on Monday only there will be a demonstration of robots planting trees with the Skygrow Growbots display as part of its large-scale revegetation capability.

According to Skygrow, the Growbots can be used in a multitude of terrain and soil types m and can plant up to 10 times faster than traditional planting techniques and technologies.

The company said its automatic process reduces labour by 40 per cent or more, lowers costs and can achieve higher plant survival rates.

Tree plantings are vital for local wildlife habitat.
Tree plantings are vital for local wildlife habitat.

Events on August 2-3 include:

  • A self-guided walk through interactive stalls. A smart phone/device is required to scan QR Codes to activate the interactive information. Learn about virtual fencing, habitat stacks (wildlife friendly habitat) and flying fox satellite tracking.
  • ‘Listen with your eyes’ workshop. Presented by The Art of String Theory. View hidden shape codes written within all of nature, magnified in sacred geometrical art. Explore the sacred geometric shape codes of Banksia Integrifolia’s seed pod and seed casing along with the casuarina emuina’s seed pod. Explore one of these shapes through Kamut, the ancient art of cats cradle.
  • Participate in the Kabi Kabi First Nations cultural heritage awareness yarning circle to learn how you can protect cultural heritage and hear from the Kabi Kabi First Nations Peoples about their culture and connection to country.
The Maroochy Noosa wallum corridor at Doonan Creek is a rich haven for wildlife.
The Maroochy Noosa wallum corridor at Doonan Creek is a rich haven for wildlife.

Registrations are essential at sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/whatson. Attendees can register for multiple activities.

Cr Suarez said equipment for the planting activity is provided.

Please bring gloves, sun protection and water bottle and wear sturdy enclosed shoes. Coffee will be available for purchase and you must bring your own reusable coffee cup (no single use coffee cups will be available at the event). A smart phone/device for the DODE Trail is also required.

This event is operating in compliance with Queensland Government COVID Safe Event Checklist.

Anyone unwell is asked to stay at home especially those who have a cough, fever, sore throat, fatigue or shortness of breath, have been overseas in the last 14 days, or have been in close contact with a confirmed case.

Vulnerable participants must obtain medical clearance to attend.

This includes anyone with a compromised immune system, over 65 years of age with a chronic medical condition or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples 50 years or over with a chronic medical condition.


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