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1 Creating the UQ Gatton Environmental Park Greg Baxter School of Natural & Rural Systems Management UQ Gatton Campus, Q 4343

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5 Many problems of conservation turn out to be, on close examination, not technical problems, but problems of economics and sociology. Caughley, 1977

6 Many problems of conservation turn out to be, on close examination, not technical problems, but problems of economics and sociology. Caughley, 1977

7 The Problem Recognise the opportunity Create a common vision Implement the plan Demonstrate the benefits Gather resources

8 Recognising the opportunity We had this…

9 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students

10 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache

11 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds

12 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard

13 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard Habitat for a few birds

14 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard Habitat for a few birds Water source for irrigation

15 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard Habitat for a few birds Water source for irrigation Waste disposal pond (in the past)

16 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard Habitat for a few birds Water source for irrigation Waste disposal pond (in the past) Exercise space for a few horses

17 Once was a golf course Recreational opportunity for a very few students Management headache Source of weeds Fire hazard Habitat for a few birds Water source for irrigation Waste disposal pond (in the past) Exercise space for a few horses Excellent doughnut venue

18 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be?

19 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams?

20 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams? Who would have access?

21 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams? Who would have access? What species would we plant?

22 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams? Who would have access? What species would we plant? What would it cost?

23 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams? Who would have access? What species would we plant? What would it cost? Who would pay?

24 Creating a shared vision How big would the area be? Would we include the dams? Who would have access? What species would we plant? What would it cost? Who would pay? Et al

25 This really boiled down to… Who were the winners and losers?

26 We eventually got a plan

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29 UQ provided some resources

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31 Went looking for more Greening Lockyer Powerlink

32 Decided What to Plant RE: Of Concern, Eucalyptus crebra Woodland on sedimentaary rocks. RE: Endangered, Melaleuca irbyana low open forest or thicket. RE: , Of Concern, Fresh Water Swamps

33 Decided What Features We Wanted 1.Enhanced wetlands (not farm dams)

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38 Decided What Features We Wanted 1.Enhanced wetlands (not farm dams) 2. Opportunities to watch birds

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42 Decided What Features We Wanted 1.Enhanced wetlands (not farm dams) 2. Opportunities to watch birds 3. Opportunities for walking

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45 Decided What Features We Wanted 1.Enhanced wetlands (not farm dams) 2. Opportunities to watch birds 3. Opportunities for walking 4. Interesting Architectural Features

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48 Decided What Features We Wanted 1.Enhanced wetlands (not farm dams) 2. Opportunities to watch birds 3. Opportunities for walking 4. Interesting Architectural Features 5. Enhanced Natural Processes & Conservation Value

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57 What Did We Learn? Make haste slowly Not everyone can see your vision A champion is essential Funding wont be the biggest problem

58 Acknowledgements & Thanks Neal Finch – for having the idea Greg Hicks – for his great ideas Lisa Taylor, Steve Barakin & grounds staff – for fabulous work Mark Glindeman – for willing support Geoff Denis – without whom it wouldnt have happened Greening Lockyer for financial support

59 Ende ~ Any questions?


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