The electioneering has begun. In a campaign set to be dominated by economic issues, the Coalition and Labor are locking horns over who can best manage our finances, protect jobs and make housing more affordable. The Greens predictably decry the major parties, including their cavalier climate-change policies. These are important issues, but are they highest […]
A new plan to help protect 35 species of shorebirds was launched by the Australian Government and Birdlife Australia recently at a summit in Melbourne. These birds regularly travel thousands of kilometres along the East Asian-Australasian Flyway to visit our shores during their non-breeding season. They rely on Australia’s coastal and freshwater wetlands as places […]
Victoria Point could have an adventure training centre if Redland City Council approves a development application lodged recently. The developer is Tree Top Challenge Southside P/L who already operate similar facilities at Mt Tamborine and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast. The adventure centre is to be developed on land adjoining Eprepah Creek. This […]
As a Redlands resident living on North Stradbroke Island I am deeply concerned about the prospects of Karen Williams and her team of pro-development councilors being re-elected. The current Toondah Harbour Development plan proposed by the Walker Group, in collaboration with Karen Williams and pro-development Redlands councilors and with State Government backing will have catastrophic […]
Calling someone a “bird brain” is not usually meant as a compliment. But as research continues to reveal, birds are much smarter than was once thought. Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world. Some display complex behaviours such as problem solving, learning and tool use comparable to behaviours observed in great apes. […]
Land clearing has returned to Queensland in a big way. After we expressed concern that policy changes since 2012 would lead to a resurgence in clearing of native vegetation, this outcome was confirmed by government figures released late last year. It is now clear that land clearing is accelerating in Queensland. The new data confirm […]
Bar-tailed godwits taking off
Find out about the amazing birds of southern Queensland at a free workshop in Cleveland.
Beginners, families and kids are all welcome!
DATE: Friday 19 February
TIME: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland
Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour
This workshop is hosted by Birdlife Southern Queensland.
It’s part of Birdlife Australia’s Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) program.
People attending the workshop will:
- Learn about the amazing feats of migratory shorebirds
- Spot and identify shorebirds during a field trip to nearby Toondah Harbour
- Find out about conservation of woodland birds
- Enjoy a BBQ lunch/sausage sizzle (if you are busy working just join us for this Meet and Greet at 12:30)
- Get a gift bird book if you sign up for membership of Birdlife Australia on the day
Speakers at the workshop include:
- Mick Roderick (Woodland Birds Project Coordinator)
- Dr Golo Maurer (IBA Project Manager)
More information is available in this flyer
Are you coming?
Bring binoculars (if you have them), a water bottle and sun-smart gear (hat, sunscreen etc).
RSVP: by 17 February to Golo Maurer
- Email: Golo.Maurer@birdlife.org.au
- Phone: 0467 444 114
With the holidays over we’re back to providing a weekly report on Council issues. This week’s report includes: Community workshop discussing environmental aspects and impacts of the controversial Toondah Harbour project Matters discussed at the Council’s meeting on 27 January including water based play, CBD and tourism development incentives, bushland conservation and the St James […]
Environmental impacts of planned development at Toondah Harbour will be discussed at a workshop in Cleveland.
DATE: Saturday 30 January
TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM
PLACE: Lions Hall, 122 Shore Street North, Cleveland
The workshop will discuss environmental assessment of Walker Corporation’s Toondah Harbour ‘Master Plan’.
- Migratory shorebirds and Moreton Bay
- Marine life of the area
- Toondah Project an engineering overview
- Federal Government environmental assessment of environmental impacts
- Previous environmental assessments of the area
Community and environmental groups attending:
- Australian Marine Conservation Society
- Birdlife Southern Queensland
- Friends of Stradbroke
- Koala Action Group
- SEQ Catchments
- University of Queensland (academic staff)
- Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld
This workshop is being convened by Redlands2030.
A limited number of places are still available for attendance at this workshop. If you wish to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org advising your interest.
Migratory shorebirds like the critically endangered eastern curlew feed in the Toondah Harbour area
||January 30, 2016
||Environmental impacts of Toondah Harbour development
||122 Shore Street North
Cleveland, queensland 4163
The proposed marina and residential development at Toondah Harbour has all the hallmarks of a major planning disaster. What started as a plan to improve access to North Stradbroke Island has morphed into a sleazy Joh era coastal land grab. Parking and traffic issues have not been properly considered at any stage of the project’s […]
BirdLife Southern Queensland will be asking the Queensland State Government to review the Master Plan of the Toondah Harbour Development in Cleveland as, in its current iteration, it will involve the destruction of critical shorebird feeding grounds and high tide roosts. Australia is a destination for many non-breeding migratory shorebird species. On the East Coast […]
Historically, time in nature has been prescribed for the convalescence of body, mind and spirit. There is a simple reason for this. There is little for the thinking mind to go to work on in nature. So being in nature is, fundamentally, a holiday from the thinking mind. This is how I started doing macro […]
In 2015 many people contributed their photos to Redlands2030. To showcase this talent we present a gallery of 20 photos each by a different photographer. Details for each photo include a date link to its original posting on the Redlands2030 facebook page. Cleveland Point Sunrise by Hannah Frey posted 24 July 2015 Would you like […]
World Wetlands Day – 2 February
(click to enlarge)
World Wetlands Day is held each year on 2 February.
In 2016 the theme is:
Wetlands for our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods
2 February is the anniversary of the Ramsar Convention – an international treaty promoting conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
Australia’s Ramsar sites
Moreton Bay Ramsar site (click to enlarge)
Australia has listed 65 Ramsar sites including the Moreton Bay Ramsar site.
In managing its Ramsar wetlands Australia is required to promote conservation and wise use – broadly defined as maintaining their ecological character.
World Wetlands Day in Australia
The Wetlands in Focus photography prize for pictures of Australian wetlands is open to photographers of all ages. Competition rules and entry information are available here.
||February 2, 2016
||World Wetlands Day on 2 February 2016
This week’s letters keep the spotlight on planned development in the Redlands. Doug Jones writes about Toondah Harbour’s biodiversity and the Clay Gully residential development in Victoria Point is discussed by Joy and Mike Rowe. Do you have a comment to make? You can share your views by sending an email to email@example.com. More […]