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A Brief History

THECA was conceived at an invertebrate conference in Beijing!

The old WWII army hut, successively a Scout den and a Girl Guide Hut had fallen into disrepair, and local residents were concerned about vandalism and fire. Dr Don Sands (CSIRO), together with Dr Bernard Stone (CSIRO) and Mrs Anne Stone (Girl Guide Association) hatched a plan to restore the building and turn it into a community environmental centre. They enlisted the support of the Queensland Gould League for Environmental Education, found grant money and restored the building.


Major upgrade to the building, thanks to Brisbane City Council and many volunteers.


Mt Coot-tha Hilltop project started.


Cubberla Creek Envirofund grant to plant 1000 trees along the Cubberla Creek corridor.
New roof thanks to Brisbane City Council!


Threatened Species Network grant for A Community Based Recovery Plan for the Bulloak Jewel.

Mother of Millions Club started.


Natural Heritage Trust funded the Food for Wildlife project, focusing on the needs of flying foxes in SEQ.


THECA’s first biodiversity Forum Genetic Mix and Local Provenance: Implications for Bush Regeneration Projects
Our first environmental calendar featuring local wildlife by local photographers.


Kids Time environmental educational activities started.


The Friends of The Hut was incorporated as The Hut Environmental & Community Association Inc.


The Hut Bushcare Group established, working in Mt Coot-tha Forest Park. Monthly birdwalks started.


The Hut opened as the Chapel Hill Environmental & Community Centre. The Friends of The Hut was founded.


The Hut renovated by the Queensland Gould League and local volunteers, as a community environmental centre.