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Weed control and eradication

An estimated 88,500 woody perennial environmental weeds have been identified within the 35 forested hectares at SERF. In order of density, the weeds include Lantana camara (Lantana), Ochna serrulata (Mickey mouse bush), Senna pendula (Eastern Cassia), Asparagus africanus (Climbing Asparagus Fern), Asparagus aethiopicus (Ground Asparagus Fern), Celtis sinensis (Chinese Elm) and Corybia torreliana (Cadagie). QUT is committed to the ongoing control and eradication of these weeds as part of maintaining the property.


The Samford community

Presentation at SERF to the Samford communityWhile the Samford Ecological Research Facility (SERF) supports high level research and educational programs, QUT is also committed to communicating with the Samford community on SERF’s research, teaching and learning activities. Community engagement provides QUT with the opportunity to work with individuals, groups and community organisations in a constructive way to inform on its strategic plans and research activities at SERF, and encourage community discussion. This is a core element in building a sustainable relationship with the Samford community and our neighbours, the Samford District Historical Museum Society, Queensland Naturalists’ Club and the Marks family. A Samford Sustainable Engagement Strategy Plan (PDF, 1.2MB) was developed by QUT students to aid this process.

Professor Mal Cox (far right) explaining his water research on a map to Samford residentsCommunity engagement activities have included:



QUT’s annual Dr EN Marks Sustainability Award recognises QUT students who display an ongoing, high level of achievement in their studies and service to the Samford community. Nominations for the award can be submitted by members of the university and the wider community.


Samford Rural Fire Brigade

Samford Rural Fire Brigade at SERFin 2011 after a very wet summer, the conditions at SERF were ready for the long-awaited hazard reduction burn. Only a small section of land (10 hectares) was involved as the burning regime is part of a long-term ecological research project. On Saturday 13 August 2011, the local Fire Warden Councillor Bob Millar issued the Permit to Light Fire and the Officer in Charge Alan Wells supervised the burn.

The burn would not have been possible without the support of the Samford Rural Fire brigade volunteers. QUT would like to thank the 18 volunteer fire fighters who gave up their weekend to help:
Alan Wells (Officer in Charge), Tony Marks, Les Bateman, Greg Hoyes, Chris Brett, Frank McGaw, Anne Wells, Brett Worsley, Les Austin, Don Greenhalgh, Glenn Batson, Ferg Adrian, Marilyn Kunde, Sheree Osborne, Ian Uhr, Geoff Pullen, Jenny Marks and Mark Wall.Samford Rural Fire Brigade at SERF

Photos of the burn

Video of the burn [Youtube Video]









Heritage building pyrography art

Example of Jenny Harris' pyrography artJenny Harris, an award winning artist from Cedar Creek, visited QUT's heritage-listed Slab Hut to do pyrography or ‘burning on wood’.

Pyrography is the traditional art of using a heated tip or wire to burn or scorch designs onto natural materials such as wood or leather.

Jenny's preferred subject matter is heritage-listed buildings in and around the Samford area. She enjoys preserving these images in fine detail. Light-coloured hardwoods such as sycamore, beech and birch are most commonly used as their fine grain is not obtrusive and they produce a great range of natural tones and shades.

Jenny is producing a series of pyrographic drawings based on SERF’s iconic Slab Hut. Her art is on display at the Slab Hut Arts & Crafts at John Scott's Park in Samford Village. Those interested in this pyrographic artwork can contact her 07 3289 4646 or email windyknoll1@bigpond.com Jenny Harris at work