|Cochlear Bushcare Working Bee
This month staff from Cochlear took part in a Bushcare working bee along University Creek, in partnership with Bushcare@MQ. The working bee was organised by Clare James, an active member of Cochlear’s ‘greenFEVER’ sustainability team.
The Cochlear headquarters overlooks University Creek, one of the natural watercourses of the Campus. In 2010, the creek embankment beside Cochlear was landscaped with local native species, supplementing a natural patch of bush that exists on the opposite creek bank. These native plantings are maturing well but a few weed species have crept in to areas where most of the usual control methods would be impractical due to the possibility of inflicting side effects on the planted species. The site seemed an obvious choice to apply the core principles of bush regen
eration - periodically removing non-native competitors, to allow a local bush ecosystem to recover at its own pace and eventually become self-sustaining.
The team of volunteers made a thorough sweep along approximately 25 metres of the creek embankment, manually removing weeds like Scotch Thistle, Cassia and Panic Velt Grass, while leaving native shrubs and grasses in place. Weed density was reduced by an
impressive amount from this working bee, assisting the process of environmental recovery in this scenic stretch of creek. After all the hard work, the Cochlear volunteers finished their day with a shared, delicious barbecue lunch at the outdoor barbecue area available to all campus staff and students, located behind the Cochlear building - the perfect place for your next team lunch!