The second of March 2014 was a significant day in the history of Plunkett Regional Park.
After years of neglect and abuse, the Park received a thorough cleanup with the local community rallying to the cause.
Since then, there has been a growing awareness of how valuable this area is for legitimate community activities and the Park is getting more visitors then ever, on foot, horseback and mountain bikes.
Here is the official report from that momentous day in March 2014:
Car bodies, spa baths, a semi-trailer load of tyres and a truckload of hazardous waste are among the rubbish removed from Plunkett Conservation Park south of Beenleigh during a hugely successful Clean-Up Australia Day event on 2 March.
More than 70 volunteers participated in the clean-up activities, contributing more than 400 hours of labour to assist rangers from Daisy Hill.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) Ranger in Charge Ian Witheyman said the clean-up had made a big impact on the look of the park.
“We had volunteers from all over – Beaudesert Trail Riders, Twin Rivers 4WD Club, the Motley Crew 4WD Club, Redlands 4WD Club, Kokoda Kids from The Kokoda Challenge, neighbours of the park and bushwalkers, who cleaned up rubbish, provided vehicles and trailers for rubbish collection, and removed graffiti.
“Glen’s Towing removed 10 car bodies, Redjax removed hazardous waste, and Logan City Council supplied large bins and took away the piles of collected rubbish.
“Some of the army of volunteers worked with rangers to put up 500 metres of fencing that will reduce further damage and let an area revegetate.
“All in all, it was a magnificent community effort, which showed that most people do care about this park and about our green spaces in general,” Mr Witheyman said.
Police have been assisting rangers with patrols recently, targeting illegal trailbike and 4WD use, and several dumpers have been issued with fines.
Mr Witheyman said the clean-up would allow Plunkett Conservation Park to be enjoyed rubbish-free by the whole community.
“It’s a great place to explore open eucalypt forest and heathland amongst rugged sandstone outcrops, and offers trails for hiking, horseriding and mountain-biking.
“QPWS is working with the community to encourage sensible enjoyment of the conservation park. There’ll be a horseriding event in May, and a wildflower walk with rangers is being planned for early spring,” he said.