Arcadia Coastcare

Native plants booklet, a guide for island walkers


A booklet and self-guided walk to help locals and visitors explore Magnetic Island’s foreshores and reserves launched in late 2022.

The booklet covers more than 60 native plants in easily accessible locations at Arcadia and links many insects to their host plants.

The visually stunning publication ‘Some Native Plants of Arcadia, Magnetic Island (Yunbenun)’ was written by Arcadia Coastcare.

Co-author Selina Hale said many people contributed to the booklet.

“It reflects many voices and ways of expression and uniquely combines local, scientific and Indigenous knowledge,” she said.

Botanist Professor Betsy Jackes said if you had the booklet, then no walk would ever again be boring.

“Here is your chance to note how the plants and the 3Bs — birds, butterflies and bugs — all interact and are dependent on one another,” she said.

“I hope this booklet encourages you to take a slow stroll around Arcadia rather than a speedy walk or run.”

Butterfly expert Professor Peter Valentine said local nature havens were increasingly important as climate change impacted our environment and lifestyle.

“This excellent booklet is a wonderful asset for the people of Magnetic Island and Townsville to get to know the natural history in their backyard,” he said.

Lead author Selina Hale addresses the audience at the book launch.

Division 3 representative Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said Townsville City Council was proud to support the development of the booklet which provided an invaluable insight into the island’s natural environment.

“Townsville is lucky to be home to diverse flora and fauna and it’s our shared responsibility to protect our environment each and every day,” she said.

“I know this booklet will be greatly appreciated by locals and visitors.”

Arcadia Coastcare acknowledges the financial support of Townsville City Council and Magnetic Island Nature Care Association (MINCA). Proceeds from booklet sales will be used by MINCA to fund island conservation activities.

Arcadia Coastcare is a volunteer community group helping council and National Parks look after natural areas on public land at Arcadia through weed control, tree planting, habitat protection and knowledge sharing.

The booklet is for sale at Arcadia Newsagency, The Old Island Nursery, Magnetic Museum and Mary Who? Bookshop.

Pictured at the book launch are (from left): Selina Hale with co-presenters Dr Betsy Jackes and Cr Anne-Maree Greaney.