BUSHCARE: Carol Corney trying her hand at weed weaving. Photo Contributed
BUSHCARE: Carol Corney trying her hand at weed weaving. Photo Contributed Contributed

Inventive new way to deal with weeds creeping in

AT THE weekend, a few Isis Bushcare team members took part in a Weed Weaving Workshop at Bargara where they made baskets from cat's claw creeper.

The workshop was part of Afloat, a Creative Regions recovery project which includes a large-scale temporary public art project that will be built by Kris Martin in collaboration with communities for the 2014 Afloat Community Events.

Isis Bushcare secretary Margie Zea said weaving with weeds, in particular the cat's claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati), was appropriate for this workshop as it is a weed that has been spread more vigorously by the floods earlier this year.

"Cat's claw is an invasive vine, a Weed of National Significance (WONS) which can completely smother vegetation, growing over the tops of trees and shrubs depriving them of sunlight and thereby killing the trees," she said.

"To learn the craft of weaving was wonderful in itself, and putting a dead weed to good use was a bonus!"

For Isis Bushcare member Clare Dittmar the afternoon was full of creativity and fellowship.

"Using your own creativity was a way to cope with stresses and strains and to establish your life back on an even keel again," she said.

Bushcare members agreed it was a great way to be able to re-purpose such an environmentally and economically damaging weed, to make something useful and lovely to look at.



Huge $221k cheque ‘fully funds’ high profile Burnett project

premium_icon Huge $221k cheque ‘fully funds’ high profile Burnett project

‘Close to $1 million’ is set to be invested in this Burnett development, slated to...

Man's 'appalling' domestic violence in front of his kids

premium_icon Man's 'appalling' domestic violence in front of his kids

When police arrived and spoke to the man’s children, they were visibly distressed...

SEE THE PHOTOS: Work continues on Paradise Dam spillway

premium_icon SEE THE PHOTOS: Work continues on Paradise Dam spillway

Latest images show changes as spillway is lowered