180 To Protect and Preserve

The Importance of Continuous Riparian Cover Along Obi Obi Creek

There is a very good explanation on the Obi Obi Parklands website of why we are seeking an unbroken riparian corridor along the north bank of Obi Obi Creek within the Maleny Community Precinct. You may read it here.
What is the Obi Obi?


A recent visitor from Western Australia asked, when I was giving a rave about our local creek,

"What is this Obi Obi?"

With the prospect of a polo field being sited on the only flat area of the Precinct and multiple horses pounding and pooing within one metre of a creek that was named after an indigenous spirit hero I would like everyone to consider that question for themselves:

What is Obi Obi?

Is it the creek that flooded years ago killing a local farmer, or a child on the way to school?

Is it a lifeline for local dairyfarmers and their herds?

Is it your favourite family picnic place? Swimming hole?

Is it the source of drinking water for people at the Coast?

Is it something that we can muck around with if it suits us?

The Obi Obi can’t speak for itself. We have to speak for it.

Some of its tributaries that were inconvenient, or in the way of human construction, have been turned into drains (look at the tributary behind the Riverside Centre, now hidden in pipes). This tidying-up of creeks under cement has happened to our favourite old picnic-places in Brisbane and all over Australia.

I pray it will never happen to the main Obi Obi, the pride of our community.

Polo is wonderful: royal, exciting, impressive, energetic, health-giving, a sport of kings.

But not a few metres from a life-giving, treasured stream, perhaps the key to Maleny.

Jill Morris


Restoration of the Obi Obi Continues

A stand of exotic pine trees planted after WWII are being removed as part of an environmental restoration project along the bank of Obi Obi Creek near Maleny. This may appear destructive, but local wildlife far prefer local provenance native trees and shrubs as their habitat. 

This work has been undertaken by contractors mainly at their own expense in exchange for the lumber for milling. The large trees will not be wasted, nor their captured carbon lost back to the atmosphere. Branches and smaller vegetation will be chipped and spread on site. Native trees are being carefully left unaffected. The entire area will be replanted within the next 12 months. We expect a canopy covered rainforest to exist here within 15 years.

Arranged by Maleny District Green Hills Fund in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Council, utilising some funding from the Australian Government's Clean Energy Future Biodiversity Fund, as part of a much larger revegetation project along the riparian edge of Obi Obi Creek within the Maleny Community Precinct.

Video online here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXuw0APLedc


Maleny Community Precinct

Steve Swayne has done a fabulous job of giving an overview of the plantings we've done on the Precinct. Well done!

Maleny District Green Hills Fund

A local environmental organisation

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