Christmas at Currumbin

Published 19 Dec 2015 
about  Currumbin Valley Reserve  
Bush Heritage staff and volunteers celebrating Christmas at Currumbin.<br/> From left to right: Heike Eberhard, Katrina Blake (National Access and Visitation Coordinator), Charlie Bell, Murray Haseler (Qld Ecologist), Nicky Rolls, Venda Rolls, Michelle Stook (National Volunteer Coordinator), Paul Green and Joanna Reid. Bush Heritage staff and volunteers celebrating Christmas at Currumbin.
From left to right: Heike Eberhard, Katrina Blake (National Access and Visitation Coordinator), Charlie Bell, Murray Haseler (Qld Ecologist), Nicky Rolls, Venda Rolls, Michelle Stook (National Volunteer Coordinator), Paul Green and Joanna Reid.
Merry Christmas Currumbin from Heike and Charlie<br/> Merry Christmas Currumbin from Heike and Charlie
Volunteer, Joanna Reid and BHA Access and Visitation Coordinator, Katrina Blake exploring the reserve.<br/> Volunteer, Joanna Reid and BHA Access and Visitation Coordinator, Katrina Blake exploring the reserve.
Enjoying the beauty in and below the Currumbin canopy<br/> Enjoying the beauty in and below the Currumbin canopy
Nicky Rolls just can't walk past those weeds!<br/> Nicky Rolls just can't walk past those weeds!
Luther Cora sings a welcome to country<br/> Luther Cora sings a welcome to country

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of catching up with some of our volunteers based in southeast Queensland, plus fellow Bush Heritage staff Katrina Blake, Murray Haseler and Michelle Stook who were also in Brisbane for meetings.

We met on site at Currumbin Valley Reserve to see the work done by volunteers and to talk about projects for the coming year.

The gathering included a lyrical welcome to country by local countryman, Luther Cora, whose soulful voice reverberated down the valley and beckoned to property neighbour, Alex Roby, who just happened to be visiting his block next door.

Alex appeared in our midst to enjoy the ceremony and the chat that followed.

As a touching gesture, volunteer team leader, Heike, had brought along a young endemic fig tree to plant in the space left by recent weed control work.

Merry Christmas Currumbin!” she announced as she and her partner Charlie found a good spot for the fig. More revegetation at this site will follow in the New Year.

It was all very low-key but a wonderful way to celebrate volunteer achievements in the northern region and to reflect on a busy and exciting year.

Merry Christmas Currumbin from Heike and Charlie<br/> Merry Christmas Currumbin from Heike and Charlie
Volunteer, Joanna Reid and BHA Access and Visitation Coordinator, Katrina Blake exploring the reserve.<br/> Volunteer, Joanna Reid and BHA Access and Visitation Coordinator, Katrina Blake exploring the reserve.
Enjoying the beauty in and below the Currumbin canopy<br/> Enjoying the beauty in and below the Currumbin canopy
Nicky Rolls just can't walk past those weeds!<br/> Nicky Rolls just can't walk past those weeds!
Luther Cora sings a welcome to country<br/> Luther Cora sings a welcome to country