Dalrymple Landcare

Changes over the years at Towers Hill

The committed Towers Hill Bushcare group can take a lot of pride in how their efforts have transformed the run down area that they began working on in 2000. Over the years they have recruited the assistance of numerous community and school groups. The photos below chronicle their efforts.

Towers Hill Bushcare

The Towers Hill Bushcare Group formed in 2001 with the aim of rehabilitating a part of the Towers Hill Reserve, a central landmark in Charters Towers. In partnership with the Dalrymple Landcare Committee and the then Charters Towers City Council, a small parcel of land on the site was set aside. Rehabilitation of the site has been driven by an extraordinary group of volunteers from Charters Towers who have propagated local flora species from the district on the site.

Today, over a thousand trees have been planted on the site, which has significantly enhanced the serenity of the location. Species include a mix of timber species like Poplar Gum (Eucalyptus platyphylla), Iron Bark (Eucalyptus crebra) as well as magnificent fruit and flowering species, including the Bats Wing Coral (Erythrina vespertilio), Narrow Leaved Bottle Tree (Brachychiton rupestris), Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis) and  Burdekin Plum (Pleiogynium solanderi) to name a few

Rock WallabyLikewise, local species of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Whiptail and Allied Rock Wallaby and assorted birds including cockatoos, eagles and finches as well as reptiles can be seen on the site. Several hives of native bees have also made their home on the site and have helped in pollination in recent years, with the site now yielding sufficient seeds for future propagation on this site and future sites around Charters Towers.

Towers Hill forms an iconic part of the Charters Towers landscape, with 360 degree panoramic views from the summit. The Towers Hill reserve has played several roles during the history of Charters Towers. Nestled on the hill of remnants of yesteryear including Clark’s gold mine shaft, and abandoned Pyrites works and 30 bunkers used during World War II.

Today an active seismograph station as well as a newly installed walking track have been developed for the public to use, as well as public toilets and picnic tables on top of the hill.

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of members of the public who have greatly assisted with the Towers Hill Bushcare Regeneration Site. Likewise, the efforts of community groups including girl guides, scouts and Conservation Volunteers Australia are recognised for their efforts in developing this site.