March 19 was a perfect autumn day in Jimna where about 140 people gathered for the second successful Landcare bushfire recovery festival in the past six months. The first festival In Linville late last year attracted 200 visitors.
Jimna Base Camp was an ideal venue for the festival. People responded positively to expert speakers and browsed information stalls set up by community, government and environmental organisations providing bushfire recovery information and native foods and plants Jimna township was evacuated during the November 2019 fires.
Councillor Cheryl Gaedtke highlighted the purpose for the festival by reminding visitors of the 2019 bushfires in and around Jimna and applauded the essential work of emergency staff and volunteers during disasters. Bushfire recovery is multi-faceted, and festival-goers were provided with information about recovery of national parks, timber plantations, bees, koalas and most importantly, the health of residents. In addition to the talks and information stalls, visitors enjoyed live music, a demonstration featuring bush tucker cooking, and a practical display of regional wildlife.
Native plant stalls by Witjuti Grub Bushfoods and Pete’s Hobby Nursery were popular – they provided a wide range of plants for sale and access to expertise about plants and the conditions where they’re at their best. Koala-friendly trees were provided free by the Somerset Regional Council. A range of bush tucker produce was available and it came with advice from Dale Chapman from My Dilly Bag on how to incorporate bush tucker into everyday cooking.
Valuable information and advice about bushfire prevention, response and recovery was provided by HQ Plantations, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the Villineuve Rural Fire Service. To complement the focus on bushfire recovery, presentations about bees and koalas were a feature at the festival. Both presentations were enthusiastically received. Biosecurity Queensland talked about bee keeping, potential pests and how to maintain healthy hives. Dr Celine Frere from the University of Queensland confirmed that koala populations are declining due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and the consequences of Chlamydia infections. Dr Frere explained how her research team collects and analyses information about koala locations – how connected or isolated they are, their health and how they move in the landscape. The research results help to develop evidence-based strategies to manage koala populations.
Uncle Gordon Cowburn warmly welcomed festival attendees to country and Councillor Kylie Isidro officially opened the Festival.
We thank all the speakers and stallholders plus all those who attended this great day out! Below are a few images of the event.
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