Meet Greenbank Community Hero finalist Julie Bowdery

 Meet Greenbank Community Hero finalist Julie Bowdery

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UPDATE:

The 2021 Greenbank Community Hero award will be presented by Logan MP Linus Power and Jordan MP Charis Mullen at the Enriching Communities Everleigh Magical Christmas Concert on Sunday evening, December 12, 2021.

The concert is free to attend and will feature a fireworks extravaganza, live entertainment, Santa and friends, and food trucks.

Tickets are available at https://everleighmagicalchristmas.eventbrite.com.au 

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Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group coordinator Julie Bowdery is one of four finalists in the running for the 5th annual Enriching Communities Greenbank Community Hero 2021 award.

Mrs Bowdery has been recognised by Enriching Communities for her dedication to protecting the environment as a wildlife and environmental advocate while building stronger community connections.

In 2016 she established the Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group in Greenbank, which focuses on environmental restoration at what was once a forgotten park.

“It’s been really wonderful to be able to regenerate it and add a bit more to the park,” Mrs Bowdery said.

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Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group volunteers.

The Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group consists of about 15 active members who meet monthly to maintain the picnic area, the bush and lagoon area, and the sports and recreation area, which includes the Teviot Downs Soccer Club.

“We interact with all the three different areas,” she said.

“We do track maintenance, so we actually try to help form walking tracks and keep them safe.

“We get rid of obnoxious weeds in the area, so Lantana and signal grass, and where there’s areas of bare dirt we’ve done re -planting to regenerate the bush area.

“We’ve also helped with water control, where we plant into an area to prevent erosion.”

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Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group volunteers.

The bushcare group works off an annual plan that is shared with the Logan City Council, and each month they strive towards monthly goals.

Some projects are cost-neutral, while larger projects are funded by the Council including ongoing plant watering and maintenance.

As the group coordinator, Mrs Bowdery performs various tasks including group communication with the council parks department, posting to facebook, letterbox drops, organising team meetings, speaking with other bushcare groups, ensuring group safety, and coordinating and performing bushcare tasks.

Mrs Bowdery first came up with the idea to start the bushcare group in 2014.

“I was wondering why there hadn’t been anything happening down at the lagoon area; there had been lots of erosion that was happening,” she said.

The councillor at the time helped Mrs Bowdery connect with the Logan City Council parks department.

She was invited to speak with various council departments, and the Lavelle Park Community Bushcare group was formed in 2016.

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Lavelle Park lagoon in June 2021.

Mrs Bowdery, who also works as a clinical nurse in a hospital emergency department, said bushcare was stress-free work she looked forward to every month.

She has empowered locals with the skills to rehabilitate and maintain the park, improve the natural habitat with tree planting, and monitor the water, plants, and animals.

For more than a dedade, Mrs Bowdery also worked as a bushcare volunteer in the Nerang State Forest with the Toyota Landcruiser Club of Queensland, where she continues to serve every three months.

Under 4WD Queensland with the Toyota Landcruiser Club, Mrs Bowdery and her family volunteered their time taking care of the environment.

“My family brought me up to have that environmental consideration,” she said.

“I feel that Lavelle Lagoon is an addition to that – it was something I was able to do in my local area that everyone is able to enjoy.”

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Anyone interested in joining the Lavelle Park Community Bushcare Group is welcome to connect with them through Facebook or register as a volunteer through the Council.

“Anyone can come along and join in with the group,” Mrs Bowdery said.

The Lavelle Park bushcare team has continued to increase in members over the years, while neighborhood friendships and a great sense of pride for the area continue to grow.

To vote for your Greenbank Hero, visit https://communityheroawards.com.au/choose-your-hero/.

The winner will receive a $500 voucher from Everleigh Mirvac Residential for their service and acts of kindness in and around the Greenbank.

The 2021 Greenbank Community Hero award will be presented by Logan MP Linus Power and Jordan MP Charis Mullen at the Enriching Communities Everleigh Magical Christmas Concert on Saturday November 27, 2021.

The concert is free to attend and will feature a fireworks extravaganza, live entertainment, Santa and friends, and food trucks.

Tickets are available at https://everleighmagicalchristmas.eventbrite.com.au.