FOCL celebrated 25 years of conservation in the Currimundi Lake area which includes the foreshores of the lake, beaches and park areas. A luncheon was held on the 16th November at the Currimundi Indoor Bowls Club Hall where members both past and present attended along with dignitaries to celebrate this milestone.
A national tree planting project near the boat ramp commenced in 2006 and has now reached a weed-free status. This has returned the area to a natural state of indigenous vegetation.
The area leading to the lifesaver tower was finally cleared of weeds and revegetated after two long years.
FOCL commenced a new project in late 2012 partnering with QPWS and Sunshine Coast Council to survey the northern foreshores of Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Conservation Park. This project is to collect data on soil and coffee rock erosion created by people and weather conditions. The first six months of data showed a loss of approx. 15 metres of foreshore. This data will be forwarded to QPWS and Council every six months. It is a continuing project.
FOCL joined with Keep Australia Beautiful in their “Adopt a Road” programme.
A new fence behind the toilet block and picnic shelter in Cliff Hargreaves Park was erected to prevent erosion from people accessing this area. This will be an ongoing project to plant native vegetation to help prevent further erosion in this area.
Local Councillor Peter Cox has invited members of FOCL and Currimundi Catchment Care Group to help in designing an interpretive sign relating to the Currimundi Lake area. Flora, fauna and history along with photos and artwork are to be a part of the design. The objective is to help both locals and visitors to the lake gain a better understanding of this beautiful area. Hopefully it will be erected by 2014.
The Currimundi Lake Dynamic Study Group which had formed for a two year period came to a close.
The usual partnerships with Clean Up Australia Day and Weedbusters Week and National Tree Planting Day were all a part of the year.
Our first Richmond Birdwing Butterfly vines planted by Caloundra Primary School and FOCL flowered for the first time this year.