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Labor’s promised repeal of the Newman amendments to the 2011 North Stradbroke legislation is now under way. The repeal Bill was introduced into parliament on 3 December. The Palaszczuk Government’s Bill, if passed, will restore the 2019 end date for the “Enterprise” sand mine and impose a restricted mine path of 344 hectares. The Bill […]

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Valuing darkness – on North Stradbroke Island

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Redland’s scenic amenity needs protection in City Plan 2015

What’s a view worth? The scenery and beauty of Redland City is often mentioned by the Council but its Draft City Plan  does nothing to protect our best views. We need a planning tool to ensure that our scenic amenity is protected and managed. The good news is that there are ways of doing this. […]

Premier to protect Straddie environment from sand mining

In January this year the Labor party promised that, if elected, it would “immediately repeal the disgraceful North Stradbroke Island Protection and Sustainability Act Amendment Act 2013“. The promised repeal is now overdue. But for the first time, Premier Palaszczuk has personally publicly confirmed that her government will end sand mining in 2019. Newman Government’s […]

Redland City Council news – 16 August 2015

Redland City Council Meeting had a general meeting on 12 August 2015. Prior to the meeting several residents gathered outside the council’s chambers to protest about two issues: Development plans for Rushwood Estate in Thornlands; and The Translink levy imposed by Council on southern Moreton Bay island properties Here is a link to the Council’s […]

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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


Date: August 15, 2015
Time: 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Event: Quandamooka Festival Biodiversity Forum: Saturday 15 August 2015
Topic: Quandamooka Festival Biodiversity Forum
Public: Public

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