Is there a creek in your backyard? In South East Queensland it would be hard to live far from one.
ToadShow directors Robert Whyte and Anne Jones got interested in their creek when they moved into The Gap in 1995. Previously they had lived near Ithaca Creek in Lizzie Street Bardon.
When they moved in they toured their nearby nature reserve with Tim Low, author of Bush Tucker, Bush Medicine, Feral Future and New Nature. Tim was, and is, a friend and inspiration. He felt the nearby bush was a significant patch of remnant rainforest and well worth saving.
This started Rob and Anne on their eco-quest. But construction of New Walton Bridge kept the site closed until 2002. When access became possible, their habitat restoration efforts really took off. They became active members of the local catchment group and being part of a design and communications company, of course, contributed a web site, a DVD of short films and a Weeds Calendar. They won the $10,000 National Bank volunteering award and were co-winners of the $12,000 Landcare Innovation Award. High achievers? You bet.
Rob put his writing skills into service for "The creek in our backyard: A practical guide for habitat restoration" first edition for the Enoggera catchment in 2011 and an expanded, revised second edition in 2013 for all of South East Queensland. The publisher, Save Our Waterways Now (SOWN), wrote to South East Queensland mayors and raised $45,000 - enough to print 31,000 copies. These have now been distributed throughout South East Queensland through local government, green groups and peak bodies like Healthy Waterways. There are no physical copies left (except ToadShow's samples which you can view in a locked cabinet at 2 Eton Street Toowong) but you can read the book online by downloading this PDF.
ToadShow is chuffed. A wonderful achievement for a great cause.