Peaks to Points wraps up
The Peaks to Points festival has finished for another two years.
We certainly ended in style, with a wonderful crowd of around 2000 people coming along to the Oxley Creek Common on 31 July for Festival Family Day presented by Brisbane MarketPlace.
Brisbane turned on the winter weather to produce perfect conditions for a family day out. Children enjoyed the farm animals, dancing, theatre, gardening, insect displays, craft activities, face painting and games. Meanwhile, parents could relax in the sun, listening to the sounds of the wonderful Diddly Squat, or meet representatives of local environment and community groups. Brisbane Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk, officially opened the day and took the opportunity to meet many of the volunteers.
It was rewarding to receive so many positive comments from people on the day about the uplifting atmosphere of Family Day. On behalf of the festival committee, I sincerely thank the many groups and individuals who made Family Day such a success: Brisbane MarketPlace, Pamphlett Sea Scouts, Graceville Community Garden, Friends of Oxley Creek Common, Reptile Rehabilitation Qld, BIRO, Bob the Bee Man, The Orangutan Project, Queensland Frogs, Sustainable Population, Little Green Thumbs, Oxley Men’s Shed, The Greens, Brisbane Markets, the Australian Electric Vehicle Association, the RSPCA, Spurtopia, the Oxley Creek Catchment Association, Viridian Energy, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Bugs Ed, Queensland Urban Utilities, Girl Guides, ExpressiveBikes, Diddly Squat, Dance Along, Bollywood Dancers, artist Julia Bell and Corinda State High School.
The final week of Peaks to Points again saw record numbers turning out for many festival events, including about 100 people at a community forum to talk about plastic waste, and 115 volunteers planting trees at Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve for National Tree Day.
About 100 people attended this forum at Griffith University EcoCentre to hear Toby Hutcheon of The Boomerang Alliance, and Prof Chris Frid of the School of Environment, Griffith University talk about the impacts of plastics in the Queensland’s waterways and the marine environment and the recent announcement by the Queensland Government of the introduction of a Cash for Containers Scheme in 2018. Toby outlined the basics of the Cash for Containers Scheme which will see a 10c deposit charged on beverage containers (bottles and cans) which will be able to redeemed when the container is returned to a collection point.
Chris outlined the science behind plastics and noted that there are numerous types of plastics which are used in most of the everyday items we use – cosmetics, appliances, vehicles, furniture etc. However, the size of some plastics, such as microbeads, and the inappropriate disposal of those plastics causes significant deaths of marine life while also reducing the amenity of south east Queensland’s waterways and bays.
Four National Tree Day events were held in Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan as part of Peaks to Points and all events received fantastic support from local residents. The Mount Gravatt Environment Group coordinated a major event at Mount Gravatt Outlook Reserve, with 115 volunteers planting 564 trees, grasses, shrubs and creepers in three hours. Organiser, Michael Fox, calculated the participants had contributed 273.5 volunteer hours – what a wonderful effort!
Meanwhile at Wynnum, the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee (B4C) ran a tree planting event with 45 volunteers planting 460 native plants. The group included volunteers from the Port of Brisbane, Boeing and Bulimba Creek Catchment. The planting will consolidate the buffer to the wetland, creating habitat for wildlife in the area, and improving the amenity of the parkland for visitors to the site.
Tree planting events held at Ironpot Creek, Brassall (Ipswich) and Greenwood Lakes in Logan also attracted strong support from residents.
The festival is only made possible by the support of our sponsors: the Brisbane City Council (major supporter), Brisbane MarketPlace, Lend Lease, Ipswich City Council, 7 News Brisbane, Bmag and 4ZZZ.
We look forward to bringing you another action-packed festival program in 2018. Until then, get out and about and enjoy all that our local environment has to offer – from the Peaks to the Points!