Shorebirds at risk from Toondah project

Critically endangered shorebirds are at risk from Walker Corporation’s proposed development at Toondah Harbour according to a specialist study group. In their submission to the Federal Government, the Queensland Wader Study Group says it is: …extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed Toondah Harbour development on the ecological character of the Moreton Bay […]

Queensland wildlife gets increased protection

Hawksbill turtles, greater gliders and various shorebirds are some of the Redlands wildlife to benefit from increased Queensland Government protection measures. State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles has confirmed that Queensland’s Species Technical Committee (STC) wants 21 species given increased environmental protection. The Committee has recommended nine species be reclassified as ‘endangered’. The criteria for […]

Birdwatching can be big business for Redlands

The so-called genteel pastime of birdwatching, or birding can also be…. big business.  In fact in academia it has its own term: avitourism. The benefits of avitourism is relatively familiar to Northern Hemisphere recreationists, especially USA, German and UK residents. There are thousands of tourists from the northern hemisphere travelling the world annually with the […]

Koalas need protection now dear Minister

After acknowledging an 80% decline in the number of koalas in parts of south east Queensland from 1996 to 2014, State Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles announced additional koala protection funding of $12 million over four years with an expert panel “to kick-off discussions on how best to move forward to better protect koalas”. Redlands resident […]

SEQ and Redlands to 2030 and beyond

How do you see Redland’s role and future in the greater South East Queensland? Now is the time to put on your thinking hats Redlanders because the Queensland Government has kicked off a review of the existing South East Queensland Regional Plan. Think about the big picture Regional planning provides the big picture for where […]

Reactions to sand mining report

State Parliament’s Finance and Administration Committee recently published its report on the Stradboke Island Sand Mining bills, rejecting a Katter Party bill proposing a 2024 end date. The Government Bill which reinstates Labor policy to substantially phase out mining by 2019 was supported by the ALP members of the Committee but rejected by the LNP’s […]

Parking, pageantry and pickup of bulky rubbish on agenda for Council meeting tomorrow

Redland City Council’s next general meeting is on 11 May commencing at 9:30 am. Meetings are held at the Council Chambers in Bloomfield Street, Cleveland. Members of the public are able to observe meetings from the public gallery except for items which councillors discuss in ‘closed session’. At each general meeting members of the community […]

Nature is neglected in this election campaign – at its and our own peril

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 […]

Saving Australia’s migratory shorebirds

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 […]

Treetop training centre planned for Victoria Point

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 […]

Filmmaker says think before you vote

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 […]

Bird-brained and brilliant: Australia’s avians are smarter than you think

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. […]

Queensland land clearing is undermining Australia’s environmental progress

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 from Oyster Point

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

Workshop details

Caspian tern at Toondah Harbour

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
Date: February 19, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Event: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Topic: Amazing birds of southern Queensland
Sponsor: Birdlife Southern Queensland
Venue: Lions Hall
Public: Public

Caretaker period for Council ahead of elections

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 […]