Recent storms in the Gympie area haven’t spared the Victory Heights Recreational Trails with a lot of fallen timber and debris on the trails. Volunteers have done a great job to clear the larger objects and will continue clean-up operations as time and conditions permit. Be aware however that caution is always advised as even quite a lengthy time after storms dislodged branches etc can fall without warning from damaged trees. Other conditions in the natural terrain can also be affected by climatic events and it is always the responsibility of patrons to assess the expected weather conditions before entering the facility. Patrons are also advised to leave the facility promptly with any sign of approaching storms.
Our local Gympie Landcare contractors have made a great start to the Victory Heights Trails Habitat Restoration Project with over 200 native species planted during their first visit. This is around 5 percent of the projected plantings designed to restore the natural habitat for our valuable Koala population and the other important species of flora and fauna which can be found in the Trails area. Clearing of pest plant species and further plantings of natives will continue through summer as weather conditions permit.
A great turn out for this week’s Parkrun event with over eighty competitors of all abilities taking part and having fun! Parkrun is a nationally co-ordinated event which takes place every Saturday morning Australia wide at 7am, the Gympie run taking place on a 5klm circuit through natural bushland at the Victory heights Recreational Trails. Head over to the Victory Heights Trail Parkrun page for more info.
Some interesting species photographed by Dave Walter on a recent visit to the Victory Heights Recreation Trails by the Gympie and District Field Naturalists Group. Recent storms have caused some havoc but also brought much needed rain to the many species of flora and fauna which inhabit the facility.