History

Where did we come from?

 

Following is a brief outline of how the Consortium was formed. 

The Stanthorpe Rare Wildflower Consortium was the brainchild of Mr Paul Donatiu, who, in 2004 was the Ecoregion Program Manager for World Wildlife Fund for Nature. Whilst undertaking work in the Granite Belt, he approached the then Stanthorpe Shire Council to see what could be done about raising awareness and protecting the Granite Belt’s wildflowers. It was agreed that work was required in this area, but it was decided that a broader group was needed made up of stakeholders who had a key interest to achieve similar outcomes.

 

The Consortium is an incorporated association in it's own right, but is made up of representatives from affiliated groups who have an interest in the projects the Consortium undertakes, or has the Consortium as a major stakeholder in their projects.

The Consortium also includes amateur botanists, private landholders who have areas with plants of significance, people who have skills relevant to the Consortium's projects, or members of the general public who have an interest in the Consortium's projects. 

“Working together to maintain and improve wildflower ecosystems through increased awareness and improved management."

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What have we done?

 

The timeline below outlines major projects we have undertaken since formation.

In 2005 the then QMDC and WWF provided funding for the first large awareness project which provided for:

  • Development of the SWRC awareness brochure.

  • Development of a training package for local volunteers.

  • Running a botanical awareness workshop for community and council members covering Granite Belt ecology, ID of major plant species, habitats, threats, management strategies.

  • Identification, categorisation and mapping of roadside reserves.

  • Development of a management strategy for roadside reserves administered by the council.

In 2007 the Threatened Species Network grant provided for:

  • Initial survey work to identify priority rare and threatened species.

  • Development of a recovery plan.

  • Development of a native vegetation management manual (= Stanthorpe Nine publication).

  • Fire and Biodiversity Workshop – managing fire and native vegetation on private property

  • Recovery Plan Workshop – meeting with community members to identify recovery plan objectives

In 2007 we also published our first Wildflowers of the Granite Belt booklet which is a photographic guide to 170 wildflower species you may encounter in Stanthorpe's Granite Belt region. 

In 2008 funding through the Caring for Our Country grants program provided for:

  • Additional survey work

  • Training and extension activities

  • Identification of roadside conservation areas

  • Increased community participation

  • Creation of a monitoring manual

  • Publicity material including a pull up banner and wildflower walk signage

  • Publications including 2nd edition of Wildflowers of the Granite Belt booklet (which now includes 270 species), Rare plants of the Granite Belt and handouts.

  • Interpretative Guiding Workshop – wildflower walk leaders can plan and host a wildflower walk safely and informatively

  • Weeds Workshop – top 10 weeds of the Granite Belt and their control

  • Planned Burning Workshop – tips on using fire as a management strategy to achieve the most effective outcome

2013 projects included:

  • Production of the Wildflowers of the Granite Belt e-book

2014 projects included:

  • Publication of the Eucalypts of the Granite Belt book and 3rd edition of Wildflowers of the Granite Belt booklet

2018 projects included:

  • Publication of the Flora of the Granite Belt book

2020 projects included:

  • Publication of the Wattles of the Granite Belt book 

2021 projects included:

  • Funding through the Community Sustainability Action grant provided for monitoring select threatened species response to fire regimes.

  • Comments on the draft Invasive pests strategic plan were provided to Southern Downs Regional Council.

  • Suggestions of new plant surveys were provided to the Qld Herbarium. 

2022 projects included:

  • Working with officers from the Threatened Species Unit in the Dept. of Environment and Science on draft recovery plans for Granite Belt threatened species.

  • Attendance at the Qld Fire and Biodiversity Consortium workshop, Property planning workshop, Landcare adventure and Eco Expo. 

  • Working with a team from the Southern Downs Industry Education Association to weed around Grevillea scortechinii subsp. scortechinii populations.

  • Publication of the master list of Granite Belt species and Traprock species.

  • Publication of the 4th edition of Wildflowers of the Granite Belt booklet.

  • Publication of the 2nd edition of the Wattles of the Granite Belt book.