Conservation & Community at Nudgee Beach

July 5, 2022

NBEEC

The Queensland Recycling team spent the afternoon with the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre (NBEEC) to support the re-establishment of a local food source for the vulnerable Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine is the sole food source for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly. The vine was once abundant throughout the Brisbane region, but is now extinct in the local area.

Alex Fraser Sales Manager Nicole Bates said the NBEEC’s goal is to bring the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly back to Nudgee.

The Richmond Birdwing Buttterfly Vine is the only food source for the endangered Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.

“Our community partners at NBEEC are running a volunteer program called ‘Back from the Brink – Saving the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly’, to cultivate vines and transplant them out in the wild to attract and increase the numbers of these beautiful butterflies.”

Nicole said the Queensland sales team spent the afternoon preparing pots with mulch and soil, getting them ready for school groups to plant the vine seeds to be harvested and cultivated on site.

“It was a great experience for our team, we learned a lot from NBEEC about what we can do to support local biodiversity and conservation.”

Partners in conservation

Nicole said that the team at Nudgee Recycling was proud of the long-standing partnership with NBEEC.

Seedling pots with soil ready for planting

Queensland Recycling prepared pots for students to plant the vine seed.

“We have partnered with NBEEC for more than 10 years now. We are very aligned on our values, especially in relation to sustainability and environment.”

“This conservation project is important to our local community. It is a hands-on educational experience for local school groups, and is a key focus for local, young Aboriginal people studying conservation and forestry. It’s an opportunity for them to learn beyond the classroom, and a meaningful experience for us where we can give back.”

NBEEC supports students from Prep to Year 12 to engage with the Australian National Curriculum, Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, and enhance students’ understanding of our past, present and future environmental footprints.

In 2022, Alex Fraser and Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre celebrate more than 10 years of community partnership. This includes sponsorship of NBEEC’s ‘Deadly Science’ project, an outdoor based program developed to address engagement, retention, attainment and pathway opportunities for Indigenous Year 11 and 12 students.