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Welcome to the Oxley Creek Catchment

Fabulous Fungi at our August General Meeting

Megan Prance gave us a fascinating insight into the world of fungi.

The mushroom (or fungus) you pick is just the fruiting body. It is like the apple on the tree. The true mushroom is the mycelium – those little white fibres tucked out of sight in the soil or other substrate. It is estimated that there are 5300 – 110,000 species around the world but only 16 – 41% have been named. 6000 – 10000 species are found in Australia with 72% of these unique to Australia. Unlike plants and animals, there is little awareness of fungi in Australia with limited funding, few study opportunities and little research for example the Queensland Herbarium only has one mycologist. In 2010 the Queensland Herbarium held only 18 fungi records for Brisbane's SW suburbs. Following surveys in the Wolson and Centenary catchments, there are now 270 records but it is expected that there are about 1200 fungi species in the area. Fungi are important as decomposers of organic matter, assisting plant growth and providing food for animals and insects. They have also been used for medicines and in cheeses and wine. The first Census of Qld Fungi was released in 2013 and the next census is expected to be released in early September 2014. Whenever the Queensland Mycological Society (QMS) ventures out on a survey, about 25% of species found are new species. If you do find fungi in your garden, don't use fungicides or mulch unnecessarily or change or fragment natural areas.

For more information about the QMS and its activities and publications, go to:

A copy of Megan's presentation is available in the presentations section.


PlatypusWatch - Oxley Creek


Over the years we've had many sightings of the elusive platypus across the catchment, so we thought that this years' Peaks to Points festival would be the perfect occasion try to catch a glimpse of one in the wilds of Oxley Creek.

After a fantastic evening workshop with Ross Pattinson, a platypus expert from Wildlife Queensland our volunteers were ready to face down the 5am winter chill and stake out eight sites accross the catchment, from Salisbury to New Beith.

Unfortunately when we regrouped for a hot breakfast, none of our 20 spotters had been able to see one of the furry critters. We had plenty of birdlife, including pelicans and a passing sea eage (and many crows who had clearly hadn't attended the workshop where we were told to be quiet and still). The odd turtle, briefly got our hopes up and a wallaby made a guest appearance.

Ross had said that even though we had no luck this time it isn't an indication that there aren't platypus in our waterways. Our catchment is large and the platypus can range for many kilometres. The dry conditions may also have had an effect.

Remember that these surveys aren't just one day a year. You can always take a half hour out of your day to head down to your local freshwater creek. Sit and watch and you might be amazed at what you find. So for the next time we run a platypus survey we're calling on anyone in the catchment, who has had a recent sighting, to let us know at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ·or by filling in a sighting form at

Volunteers needed for Peaks to Points Family Day

We are looking for people to help out at the Festival Family Day on Sunday 20 July on the information stall, to direct parking, on the OCCA display and generally ensuring that the day goes off without a hitch.

We are also looking for volunteers to help out at other events and activities throughout the 2 weeks of the Festival.

If you'd like to volunteer to help out at the Festival Family Day or any other Peaks to Points Festival event, please contact OCCA on 32782899 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GREEN ROOFS and WALLS - what, why and how???

sidonieAre you interested in urban and building design? Would you like to know how to cool and insulate buildings and improve our environment?

Then join us for OCCA's bi-monthly general meeting at 5.30pm on Tuesday 24 June at the Environment Centre, Oxley Creek Common, Sherwood Road Rocklea where Sidonie Carpenter will talk about GREEN ROOFS and WALLS - what, why and how???

Sidonie Carpenter is a landscape architect and horticulturist whose concern for environmental issues and the impact on Australian cities, both now and in the future, prompted her interest in green roofs and walls, their design and issues of water and energy management.

Sidonie was a founding executive member and President of the not for profit association Green Roofs Australasia for 5 years, and was actively involved with advocacy and broadening the industry's skill base and education.

Sidonie has managed her Brisbane business, Green Canopy, for the past 14 years with a focus on residential and small commercial projects. Sidonie specialises in and consults on green roof and wall design, and construction and maintenance, specifically for Australia, with our unique climate and plant species.

In 2006 she was awarded an ISSI / Pratt Foundation Fellowship, allowing her to travel to SE Asia, North America and Canada to study the design, implementation and benefits of green roofs and living walls.

Light refreshments will be provided

Please RSVP to OCCA at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 3278 2899 by 23rd June

Peaks to Points Events

You are invited to attend these Oxley Creek Catchment Association hosted events being held as a part of the Peaks to Points festival.

Find solutions to your thorny problems Saturday 19 July

Go behind the wire at Greenbank Tuesday 22 July

Celebrate a new river twinning project Wednesday 23 July

All aboard for the sewage treatment plant bus tour! Wednesday 23 July

Get planting at Benarrawa Park Saturday 26 July

BBC students get to work at Oxley Creek Saturday 26 July

Connect to Crewes Creek Sunday 27 July

Join a CreekWATCH Partners activity Wednesday 30 July

Learn all about the puzzling Platypus Thursday 31 July

Help create a snapshot of Platypus populations Saturday 2 August

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Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 02 @ 7:00AM - 09:00AM
Sat Oct 04 @ 7:00AM -
Cliveden Reserve Bushcare Group
Thu Oct 09 @ 7:00AM - 09:00AM
Thu Oct 16 @ 7:00AM - 09:00AM
Sat Oct 18 @ 7:00AM -
Pennywort Creek Bushcare Group
Sat Oct 18 @ 7:00AM -
Gaddes Park Bushcare Group
Sun Oct 19 @ 7:00AM -
Friends of Sherwood Arboretum
Thu Oct 23 @ 7:00AM - 09:00AM
Sat Oct 25 @ 7:00AM -
Benarrawa Bushcare Group
Sat Oct 25 @ 7:00AM -
Les Atkinson Park Bushcare Group

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Contact Us


Postal Address

PO Box 217

Sherwood Qld 4075


OCCA Resource Centre

Brisbane Markets Commercial Precinct

Unit 20, 385 Sherwood Road

Rocklea Qld 4106

(located between the pie and fish shops)



(07) 3278 2899



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