Integro Food Forest
Integro Food Forest
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Commenced:
01/01/2010
Submitted:
14/02/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
6 Birt Street, Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island, Townsville, Queensland, AU
Phone:
614 747581771
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical





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Posted by Leon van Wyk almost 9 years ago

An initial, pictorial foray into the immediate context of Integro Food Forest

 

"Before" photo of front yard

Our house has a very small footprint because it is only about 14 X 6m and is a double storey structure. Our front property line finishes about where the car-port finishes and most of the space between that and the road is dry, dusty lawn. To the left of this photo frame it is shaded by Frangipanis, Bloodwoods, canoe tree and cocky apple.

This photo was taken right in the middle of the dry season of 2009, which for us, is about 9 months from sometime around March/April/May -- until -- November/December/January.

We owned this house since 2007, but moved-in just after Christmas in 2009.

 

 

 

picnic bay suburb from Tom's Thumb

This photo was taken from a nearby lookout called Tom's Thumb, and our house is just to under the center of the photo. We're on Birt st, which is the main road that connects Picnic Bay with Nelly Bay (Directly over those hills)

That is part of a golf course one street behind us -- ludicrous that this Island has a golf course! And the Island's Garbage Dump is there at the far end of the photograph (fortunately we don't have to deal directly with the groundwater contamination of that dump because we're on the opposite side of the bay at quite a high elevation... but it's NOT good for most of the residents of this bay). Nevertheless... in the next image you'll see a view from the same place, only looking about 90 degrees to the left.

 

Looking North from Tom's Thumb

 

This mangrove forest stretches along the south west edge of Magnetic Island -- about 10,000m long by an average width of 150m. This is a very productive natural ecosystem and it is still in fairly good health, providing extensive habitat for fish populations to breed. By connecting the mountain streams with freshwater swamps with mangroves with shallow ocean, there is a great diversity of aquatic and terrestrial life in a small area. It borders many fresh water swamps, vine-thicket monsoonal rainforest, hills of sparse woodland, beach/dune ecosystems as well as seagrass meadows and coral reefs (further out) on the ocean edge.

 

picnic bay within cleveland bay

 

And this is Picnic Bay's Jetty and the enveloping Cleveland Bay with just a smidgen of Townsville visible in the background. It takes only 7 minutes to walk from our house down to the Picnic Bay beach -- I can do it in 3min basically just by rolling all the way down the long sloping road on my bike... 60 seconds if I REALLY ride.

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