Egret on North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Janine Healy
Quandamooka Festival Biodiversity Forum
Showcasing Minjerribah’s ….Natural Assets…Respectfully
When: 1:30pm – 4:00pm Saturday, 15 August 2015
Where: The Community Learning Centre, Dunwich
Minjeeribah/North Stradbroke Island has a rich diversity of native plants and animals and is surrounded by a marine wonderland. The island is a stronghold for many species and habitats that are now rare on the mainland.
The forum panel speakers will discuss the Island’s natural and cultural assets, explain why they are so valuable and explore how they can be best conserved and protected. With the cessation of sand mining, ecotourism and education may become important planks of the island’s economy. The speakers will consider how the environmental impact of these economic activities can be minimised. Each speaker will speak for ten minutes to address specific assets. The facilitator will then pose questions to the panel after which the floor will be opened to general discussion.
Darren Burns Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC): What are the principles of Quandamooka Country? How will culture and country be woven into the visitor experience?
Paul Donatiu (National Parks Association Queensland (NPAQ): What makes biodiversity in National Parks so valuable and what must be done to preserve it? Why are Straddie’s parks special?
Kevin Townsend (Moreton Bay Research Station): What kind of groups come to the MBRS? What kind of research and learning do they do? How might Minjerribah attract additional educational groups to the island?
Jan Aldenhoven (biologist and filmmaker): How can we showcase Stradbroke’s biodiversity whilst ensuring it is here for the long term?
The event will be facilitated by Joel Bolzenius, Community Partnerships Manager for Redlands, Moreton Bay & Islands, SEQ Catchments Limited. It is being held as part of the Quandamooka Festival hosted by the Stradbroke Island Management Organisation with the Executive Board members of the Queensland Conservation Council attending as special guests.
Note: The Community Learning Centre is the old white Queenslander building across from the cemetery on Mitchell Crescent, kitty-corner to the pool and next to the basketball court.
Further information about the Biodiversity Forum
For further information please ring
Lee Curtis on 0429 070 148
More information is also available on the
Quandamooka Festival website