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Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum - Sunshine Coast Council

Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum - Sunshine Coast Council

Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum - Sunshine Coast

Winter | issue 56 Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum June is shaping up to be an interesting and informative month for Community Conservation volunteers and landholders on the Sunshine Coast. On Saturday 20 June, council will hold the Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum at Lake Kawana Community Centre. This will be the first combined regional event for Community Conservation Group volunteers and Partnerships landholders (Land for Wildlife/ Voluntary Conservation Agreements) from across the three pre-amalgamation areas. The intent of the day is to explore a range of current issues and future directions in environmental conservation, relevant to the Sunshine Coast. Participants will enjoy a cross section of interesting and inspiring presentations and informative case study discussions. The day will begin with an indigenous welcome from well known local Bev Hand, followed by a short welcome address and region-wide environmental overview from Councillor Keryn Jones. Our keynote speaker is Steve Posselt, an inspiring public figure and civil engineer, who has been in the water industry since 1971. Sunshine Coast residents may know Steve from his 2008 ‘Don’t Murray the Mary’ kayak trip. This epic achievement entailed paddling up the Brisbane River, dragging his kayak over the Conondale Ranges, paddling down the Mary River and returning to Brisbane via the Great Sandy Strait and the sea. The morning session will feature eight half hour presentations, broken into two concurrent sets of four. The afternoon session will have a similar format, and will showcase six local communitybased conservation projects, giving participants a broad overview of what’s happening on the ground in the region. Participants can choose the presentations they would like to attend, and will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback following each presentation. Participants will have an opportunity to meet and network with other environment volunteers from across the region and reacquaint with old friends. The forum is also a great opportunity to meet and interact with council conservation officers working across the region. Catered morning tea and lunch will be provided. A range of displays will be set up on the day for people to view and we invite any conservation volunteer group or associated natural resource management organisation to come along and set up a display for the event. Please contact Michael Gilles for details. Council will provide a free coach service on the day for forum participants with pickup/drop off points in northern, central and southern locations. We encourage you to come along to this motivating, inspirational and timely regional event as we move forward into the new amalgamated council environment. Kenneth McClymont Natural Areas Team Leader Community Group Support June 2 Event Management Workshop Series - Workshop 1 – Marketing strategies an d event management Buderim 8.30 - 2.30pm For more information visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au 5 World Environment Day 7 Noosa Festival of Water Lake Macdonald Botanic Gardens 20 Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum Explore the current issues and future directions in environmental conservation. The forum will feature inspiring keynote speakers and informative environmental presentation. 28 World Environment Day Festival Sunshine Coast University July 11 - 13 Queensland Home Garden Expo Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour 29 Event Management Workshop Series - Workshop 2 – Writing winning grant applications, build community capacity, stakeholder management and safety and public liability. Beerwah 8.30 - 2.30pm. For more information visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au 31 National Tree Day Schools August 2 National Tree Day 15 - 30 Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival 30 - 8 September Weed Busters Week www.weedbusterweek.info.au/ publications.htm September 1 - 30 Biodiversity Month 7 National Threatened Species Day 21 - 24 12th International Riversymposium Brisbane, Queensland www.riversymposium.com Bush hands can be accessed electronically on council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au Bushhands is printed on Envirocare 100% recycled paper.

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