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PHOTO CALL - CALENDAR 2020! (Closed)


theca 2017 collagePHOTOGRAPHIC SUBMISSIONS and now closed!

Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos. This year's photos are fabulous. Watch out for the voting night invitation.


THECA’s first annual calendar was produced in 2000, and each year sees it dispatched around the world.theca 2019

Our calendars celebrate the local wildlife (flora, fauna and fungi) of Brisbane's western suburbs.

Talented local photographers have generously shared their wildlife images with us, Andrew Taylor and Carolyn Nowicki have turned these images into stunning calendars. All profits go to support the work of three environmental community groups:

  • The Hut Environmental & Community Association Inc (THECA)
  • Moggill Creek Catchment Group Inc (MCCG) and
  • Rural Environment Planning Association Inc (REPA)

Annual General Meeting Update

THECA held its 2019 AGM on 24 April, chaired by the Hon Mrs Jane Prentice, MP.

President Greg Siepen’s report can be found here: docPresident_report_2018-19.

The new committee which was elected at the meeting comprises:
Greg Siepen (President)
Justin Watson (Vice-President)
Ian Ferguson (Treasurer)
Margaret Palmer
Christine Zupanc
Charles Worringham
Jocelyne Bridier.

Sameer Punde has retired from the committee.

The position of secretary remains vacant, as Margaret Palmer had served the 4 consecutive terms presently allowed under the constitution and there were no other nominations for secretary. The AGM passed a special resolution removing this limit from the constitution, which requires approval from the Office of Fair Trading. Margaret will act as secretary in the meantime.

Greg thanked a number of THECA members for their work over the years: Linda Cartmill for her 5 years as editor and 2 years as coordinator of the Open Sundays program; Sameer Punde for his work on the committee; Annelise Machen for birdcaring and coordinating the Mother-of-Millions bushcare group; Roy Machen for his work on the committee and on maintaining the Hut building; and Mrs Prentice for chairing the AGM.

Oxley Common Birdwalk

Birdwalk Oxley Common
Saturday 27 April 2019

This ramble on the Oxley common, led by Dawn Muir, included open country, long grasses at the side of the track with Acacias, Erythrina trees and Melaleucas, Oxley creek itself, small lagoons (unfortunately largely covered by water hyacinth) and a lake. The water was turbid from recent rain. A wide variety of birds were seen and/or heard:

Noisy Miners (by far the most frequent spotted), Swallows (also common), Kookaburras, Magpies, Magpie Larks, Torresian Crows, Willy Wagtails, Currawongs, Grey and Pied Butcherbirds, Rainbow Lorikeets and Pale-headed Rosellas, Masked Lapwings, Raptors including a Brown Goshawk and a pair each of the Black and Black-shouldered Kite, Bar-Shouldered Doves, Spotted Doves, Fairy Wrens including Blue Fairy Wrens, White-browed Scrubwren, many Brown Honeyeaters, Scaly Honeyeater, Scarlet Honeyeater, Leeuwin Honeyeater, Tree Martins, White-throated Gerygones, Tawny Grass Birds, Cattle Egret, Figbirds, White Ibis, Straw-necked Ibis, Rufous Whistler, Rainbow Bee-eater, Grey Fantail, Grey Shrike-thrush, Golden-headed Cisticola, Brown Quail, Crested Pigeon, Double-barred Finch, Red-browed Finch, Silvereyes, and a mixed feeding flock of Silvereyes, Fantails and Brown Honeyeaters. On the Lagoon and lake we saw White-headed Stilts, Dusky Moorhens, Pacific Black Ducks, a Sacred Kingfisher, Intermediate Egrets, possibly a Great Egret, Pelicans, and a Little Black Cormorant. On the way back we added a few new species - Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo, Chestnut-breasted Mannikins, Varied Triller and Olive-backed Oriole.

We also saw a nestbox the hole of which had been enlarged, probably by a possum, and a swallow collecting mud for a nest. Of concern was the sighting of a fox in the vegetation behind the lagoon.

The walk lasted a fascinating 3 hours. Then back to the picnic table for the quaffing of tea and coffee, cake, pancakes and jam, with promises to walk it off that afternoon.



This is a formal notice in accord with the THECA Constitution of the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of THECA. The meeting is for the following purposes:

  •           receive the annual report of the activities of THECA;
  •           receive the annual financial statements, including the auditor’s report, and to appoint an auditor for the following year;
  •           elect the members of the management committee for the following year.

1. The meeting will be held at The Hut at 7.30 pm on Wednesday 24 April 2019.

2. All current members of the Management Committee will retire from office but will be eligible for re-election.

3. Any two financial members of THECA (not more than one month in arrears) may nominate any other member for election.

4. The nomination shall be in writing and signed by the nominee and by the proposer and seconder and must be lodged with the Secretary (either at The Hut office by prior arrangement, or by post to PO Box 804 Kenmore 4069) at least 14 days before the meeting (i.e., by close of business on 10 April).

5. The formal business of the meeting will be followed by guest speaker, Dr Peter Hale, who will give a presentation on the Mt Coot-tha Zipline Development Update. Peter will let members know at what stage the proposal is at; what the legal procedures will be over the upcoming months and the implications of new Lord Mayor.


(i) A nomination form is included with this notice.

(ii) A form is attached for any member who is unable to attend the meeting but wishes to vote by proxy.

(iii) A list of the candidates will be posted at The Hut for 7 days preceding the meeting.

(iv) To check whether you are currently financial, ring 3878 5088 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Click here to see  Final minutes of AGM 2018 (PDF)

Weeds Weeds Weeds

THECA's first Open Sunday for 2019 will focus on weeds.
Stephen Catchpoole and Bryan Hacker will help you to identify weeds, learn how to control them, and what are the native alternatives.
Sameer Punde will be on hand to discuss alternative, non-chemical weed control.
Stephen is an experienced local environmental scientist whose wide range of skills include vegetation assessments, and weed identificationand management.
Bryan is an accredited member of the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators and Landcare Adviser for the Moggill Creek Catchment Group;  he works on restoring native bushland and recognizing and curtailing weed invasion.
Sameeris an environmental scientist who is currently trialling alternative non-chemical weed control. He is a member of the THECA Management Committee and leader of THECA's Butterfly Bushcare group.
Bring your weeds for identification and advice to
The Hut Environmental Centre
47 Fleming Road
Chapel Hill

between 9 and 11 am

on Sunday 24 February 2019
All welcome