Friends of the Yarraman Creek

Submitted by mathew on Thu, 17/09/2015 - 12:43

I'm the treasurer of a small (8-16 members) incorporated all-volunteer environmental group, Friends of the Yarraman Creek, Inc., in Queensland, Australia.

Our project involves removing massive infestations of feral (non-native) weeds along a section of a creek that passes through endangered ecosystems and planting native species in place of the weeds. We are entirely funded by member dues (AU$10/annum), donations, and the occasional small grant.

I started out using a very simple cashbook accounting system that I set up in Microsoft Excel, but soon discovered that some of the financial reports required by the government and our grant supporters were beyond my very basic understanding of accounting. So, I started looking for an accounting program for my iPad that was simple enough for me to understand and use, but which would generate the required reports. Easy Books met the brief.

I've been using Easy Books now for a couple of years and have watched it mature with new features being added all the time. I don't need most of these more advanced features, but it speaks well for the future of EasyBooks that the developer is constantly expanding and improving the capabilities of the app. Not only is the app comprehensive and easy to use, the support is excellent. The developer responds promptly, personally, and is very helpful.

Jim Wolz
The Friends of Yarraman Creek
Facebook - yarramancreek4614

One of the worst weeds we had to remove is Arundo donax. It's a cane or bamboo-like member of the grass family which supports no Australian native wildlife. It can grow up to 10 cm a day, forms a dense sub-surface root mass which is very difficult to remove.

This is but one of many piles of Arundo that we removed.

This is what the area shown above looks like now after the Arundo was removed and replaced with local Australian native plants.

One of the native species that we see in our section of the creek is the amazing platypus.

Threatened Species Day is an annual national day which commemorates the death of the last Tasmanian Tiger on 7 September 1936. It is a day to reflect on what we can all do to protect our remaining biodiversity. This year students from our local school helped plant 36 trees and shrubs and 26 Lomandra hystrix. Lomandras are a mat rush which is superb at stabilizing the soil along creek banks and preventing erosion when the creeks swell or flood after heavy rain.