Brief History

BRIBIE ISLAND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION INC (BIEPA)

BIEPA
The Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc (BIEPA) began in 1978 as a group of Bribie Island residents interested in celebrating and conserving the Island’s unique natural assets and lifestyle.

BIEPA is non-sectarian; apolitical; not-for-profit; and includes members from all walks of life, who value and care for Bribie Island and its natural environment. BIEPA holds meetings in the ANZAC Room at the Bribie Island RSL at 7pm, 4th Monday of the month.

BIEPA supports and is supported by other environmental groups.

BIEPA has become a highly respected organization on Bribie Island for its volunteer work in conservation, education and collaboration with the Bribie Island community and government at all levels.

BIEPA is a self funded community volunteer group engaged in a wide range of activities that promote Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage Catchment as a Sanctuary where fauna and flora are protected under International conservation treaties signed by the Australian Federal Government {the UN Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (birds and marine turtles) and the UN Single Species Action Plan for the Loggerhead Turtle in the South Pacific Ocean} and National Parks and Moreton Bay Marine Park status.

BIEPA spawned and continues to support groups such as the Wallum Action Group (community native plant nursery) and the Bribie District Wildlife Rescue.

BIEPA, in collaboration with Wallum Action Group, hosts an annual Wonders of the Wallum Wildflower Walk as part of the annual Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival.

BIEPA donates annual environmental Awards to the three schools on Bribie Island as well as mentoring students with environmental projects.

BIEPA has harnessed its membership to volunteer and join in Caring for Our Country grant projects such as:

  • The Woorim Beach Dune Stabilization Project managed by Friends of Woorim (FoW).
    BIEPA volunteers participated in propagating and planting endemic dune plants.

    BIEPA member, Ian Bell, also collaborated with FoW president, David Percival, in the innovative design of the dune fencing that has been recognized beyond the Project with invitations to present at National Coastal Conferences and Growing Beaches forums.
  • BIEPA monitored three Wallum (or acid) frogs, a research project that was funded during the 2008 Caring for Our Country Coastcare grants program, in collaboration with the former Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and University of Queensland.
  • BIEPA members record information, on Bribie’s resident and migratory birds and marine turtles, that is part of the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s long term scientific research data base.

    BIEPA members carried out monitoring of designated fresh water sites over a number of years under the management of SEQ Catchments. This research is also part of a State government data base.

    BIEPA has published three books on Bribie Island’s birds and wildflowers.

    BIEPA celebrates annual Environment days, such as: World Wetland Day; National Tree Day, World Environment Day………

    BIEPA continues to lobby Local government to implement a Tree and Vegetation Protection and Maintenance Policy and to replant, rehabilitate and grow the Island’s protective coastal dunes to help prevent erosion.

    BIEPA continues to lobby State government to stop the unsustainable, destructive impacts of 4WD and jet ski recreational activities on Bribie Island’s fragile natural environment, biodiversity, residential communities and passive recreational activities.

    BIEPA is lobbying to ban these vehicles from Bribie’s internationally protected beaches and surrounding waters of Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay.