For the first time, the good folks of Bimblebox Nature Refuge have created a stunning calendar which features photos and artwork inspired by this precious wildlife haven in central Queensland. All images have been donated, and most were created during a series of Art, Nature, Science Camps held in September on Bimblebox in the last five years.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge provides an excellent example of how nature conservation and cattle farming can coexist. It protects a large island (8000 ha) of native trees, shrubs and grasses in a landscape where vast areas of woodland have been cleared and replaced by exotic buffel grass.
Numerous native plant and animal species have been recorded on Bimblebox Nature Refuge, including 153 species of bird. These bird species have been the subject of the extraordinary art exhibition Bimblebox 153 Birds, which will be on display at the Mary Cairncross Reserve in January 2018.
Sadly, Bimblebox Nature Refuge is currently threatened by Clive Palmer’s plans for a coal mine (Bimblebox is situated in the same Galiliee coal basin as the proposed Adani mine).
The Bimblebox Alliance is fighting this proposal, but it’s not an easy battle since (ridiculously) both State and Federal approvals have been granted for the mine to go ahead.
But you can help. This calendar makes a fabulous Christmas gift, and you can buy yours here for $17 (includes postage). All proceeds go to The Bimblebox Alliance.
Calendars can also be obtained in person for $15 each from:Green Grocer, 144 Boundary St, West End, Brisbane, QLD, 07 3844 7961 The Wilderness Society, 67 Boundary Street, South Brisbane, 07 3846 1420 RFT Sheds, 65 Churchill Street, Post Office Complex, Childers (Walk up café ramp and turn right) Mackay Conservation Group Environment Centre, 156 Wood St, Mackay, QLD 4740, 07 4953 0808
And I’ll have a few for sale at my stall at the Beechmont Market on Sunday 17th December 2017.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge, and the people associated with it, are special to me for many reasons. Attending the Art, Nature, Science Camps in 2015 and 2016 were a catalyst for me to delve further into art and writing, and give up my day job. This included the creation of the Bimblebox Wonderland colouring book (also a great Christmas present that you can buy here).
Places like Bimblebox are vital for the protection of our wild animals, plants and landscapes. And spending time in these beautiful and bounteous natural places also nourishes and rejuvenates the soul.
Thankyou to Bimblebox and all who sail in her!