Kawana Forest Climate Trail – Join the experts and walk the trail 25 March

Proposed Kawana Forest ClimateWatch Trail

The Sunshine Coast Council is working to establish a number of ClimateWatch trails in the region and would like to establish one in the Kawana Forest trail network. ClimateWatch was developed to better understand the effects that climate change is having on our earth’s natural processes.


The concept is based on observers (FaunaWatch members, bush care groups, community groups, anyone from the public) recording phenological observations of plant and animal species. We are hoping to develop a trail that can be fun and interesting for all ages. (No experience needed.) Ideally, we want to identify and include species that may have seasonal variations, e.g. plants flowering in spring, dropping leaves in autumn; birds mating, nesting, at different times of the year, etc. This is so we can record and identify potential changes in phenology (the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially in relation to climate and plant and animal life) over extended periods of time.


Join Renee Currenti (Sunshine Coast Council) and FaunaWatch coordinator Paul Smith and other local experts as we walk the proposed trail. The purpose is to discuss the proposed trail (route) and identify species, mapping the trail against the ClimateWatch species list and identify other species we should include.

Check out the ClimateWatch website (http://www.climatewatch.org.au/trails )for further information.

Date: Monday 25 March 2019

Time: 8:00am-10:00am

Meeting place: Kurrajong Park BBQ Shelter (Any changes to plans due to weather conditions will be posted on our Facebook page).

*Please wear appropriate footwear suitable for muddy sections of the pathway from the recent weather events and apply insect repellent.

If you haven’t already checked out the Kawana Forest Trail yourself, check out this article on the Kawana Forest Trail to give you an idea of the types of fauna and flora species you could find on this beautiful walk…. http://nationalparkodyssey.blogspot.com/2014/10/kawana-forest-walking-trail-sunshine.html

Kawana Forest bridge linking to Britinya

UPDATE 14 March 2019


UPDATE 24 JAN2019 (see our facebook page for more info)

Council’s parks have completed some additional hand clearing 23 Jan 2019.

Also discussed and agreed on additional removal of vegetation to improve sight lines and for the ongoing mowing extents to be increased.

These works will be arranged as soon as possible.

Additional updates:
• Request for lighting – following up with Energex this week regarding power source.
• Drainage improvements – Survey has been completed & meeting with council civil designer 23 Jan to discuss scope of design works required.

Our thanks to the council for continuing to keep us updated on progress and undertaking this work as per KaFRA’s request. Cr Rick Baberowski – Division 1

Fire Safety Talk by QLD Fire Rescue for Kawana Forest Residents


To all current KaFRA members and friends of KaFRA:

Following on from my recent email (8 Feb) regarding our onsite meeting with the QLD Fire Rescue team, we have received many expressions of interest to organise a Kawana Forest Community: Prepare. Act. Survive information session.  This will be run by the QLD Fire Rescue Izone Officer, who is familiar with our estate and surrounds.


Where: The Kawana Forest Meeting Place

When: Wednesday 27 March 6.30pm

RSVP: email to me or FB event

Come along and bring all the family so you can be prepared together. We have also published this invitation on our Facebook page to pick up some non-member residents who follow us but we don’t have time to get a newsletter out beforehand so please share this invitation with your neighbours and friends in our estate.

Glenn Smith


Kawana Forest Residents Association

KaFRA – Christmas Party and Family Fun Day 2018

Dear Kawana Forest Residents,

You’re invited to attend the KaFRA CHRISTMAS PARTY and Family Fun Day (that was postponed due to rain) on Saturday 24 November, Kurrajong Park.

Free all ages fun games will be facilitated by a Kids Sports instructor, kicking off at 3pm. We are hoping that Santa can find time to drop in around 4.30pm with a free Santa bag for all children who have RSVPed attendance prior to 19 November.

All adults in attendance will receive 1 free entry ticket into our raffle. BBQ and drinks will be available for purchase on the day.

Please FB Message our page to RSVP for the event or email info@kafra.org.au , advising street you live in, children’s names and ages so we can prepare the Santa Bags for distribution on the day. We look forward to seeing you there.

Kawana Forest bridge linking to Birtinya

At our recent KaFRA committee meeting, we raised with Cr Baberowski (who regularly attends our meetings) some residents concerns regarding the area under the bridge linking KF to Birtinya. The issues were the graffiti, lighting, pathway flooding in heavy rains and not draining away quickly, safety and a peppercorn (invasive) tree nearby that needs removal. We also supplied the following video. A SCC docket has been raised and will be investigated. Although it seems to be a simple matter, the issues are that TMR own the bridge, no onsite power, PEPTED parameters and solar lighting expenses etc. We will keep you posted on the outcomes post the site meeting to see if a way forward can be found. Especially as usage of this area will increase with the new Oceanside centre opening, the Meridan playing fields and more local residents using this pathway to the hospital.

Video available via our Facebook page.