25% of Brisbane's regional ecosystems
One remnant hectare of significant woodland
Oxley Creek is a freshwater system for much of its length. Tidal influence from the Brisbane River begins around Learoyd Road at Willawong. The major vegetation types occurring in the Oxley Creek catchment include dry eucalypt forests, freshwater wetlands, tidal wetlands and riparian vegetation.
When the Europeans discovered the Oxley Creek corridor, they cleared vegetation, particularly bushland areas in the middle and lower catchment, for agriculture, extractive industries, such as sand mining,and urbanisation. However some small patches of riparian vegetation, including some dry rainforest patches, remain along the creeks.
The angle-stemmed myrtle (Gossia gonoclada), an endangered plant species, grows in riparian patches around Corinda.
Another area of original habitat remains at Acacia Ridge. One remnant hectare stands of the regional ecosystem, Eucalyptus melanophloia woodland, was part of 500+ hectares originally occurring across Brisbane. Much of this vegetation is now protected and listed on government databases as ‘of concern’ and ‘endangered’ regional ecosystems.
There are currently a number of active bushcare groups tending rehabilitation sites in the Oxley Creek catchment. Oxley Creek Transformation is working closely with Oxley Creek Catchment Association (OCCA), a not-for-profit community-based organisation that aims to protect and enhance the natural environment and resources of the catchment of Oxley Creek. They work with the community and local businesses to organise planting, weeding and revegetation projects as well as advocating, educating and participating in catchment management.