Monday 23/10/17

Topic: Wallum frog monitoring on Bribie Island

Guest Speaker: Drs Harry Hines and Ed Meyers

We are very happy to have Drs Harry Hines and Ed Meyers present at our October meeting.

They will be introduced by Alan Kerr (former BIEPA President) who is coming in (from out West) especially for the meeting.

They will reminisce about the “halcyon nights” of Wallum frog monitoring on Bribie Island and talk about the extensive research they have carried out.

It will be wonderful to welcome these “frog” scientists back to Bribie Island.

See attached poster for more information. (In jpeg and pdf for your convenience)

We look forward to seeing you Monday night (23rd October)

BIEPA Management Committee

Poster - October

October Meeting

Monday 25/09/17

Topic: Environmental Law

Guest  Speaker: Ms Revel Pointon, from the EDO

We have asked Revel to outline:

– The role of the EDO

– What the EDO does and doesn’t do

– Discuss some recent and current cases, in particular, the Acland decision where the judge upholds the objections on the grounds that there is no assurance that the affected ground can be made good at the cessation of operations.

– Comment on the documentary BIEPA members viewed at our June meeting, “Guarding the Galilee”, which was a follow-up to the Bimblebox documentary members viewed at BIEPA’s April 2014 meeting.

– Discuss how BIEPA and the community can lobby the State Government to uphold the commitments and obligations the federal government agreed to when signing the UN Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 1993.

– Address BIEPA members questions.

It promises to be an exciting jam-packed evening of how environmental law works.

We thank Revel ahead of time.

September Meeting

18.09.2017

Climate Change made Australia’s warmest winter on record an astounding 60 times more likely, our new report highlights.

The “Hot & Dry: Australia’s Weird Winter,” report shows the nation experienced its warmest winter on record (for average maximum temperatures), while more than 260 heat and low rainfall records were also broken throughout the season.

Climate Councillor and ecologist, Professor Lesley Hughes said Australia’s hottest winter in history was related to worsening climate change.

“Without any meaningful action to tackle climate change, we will continue to see many more hot winters, just like this, as global temperatures rise,” she said.

“We must take meaningful action to strongly reduce Australia’s emissions from fossil fuels.”

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE REPORT

KEY FINDINGS INCLUDE:

  • Australia had its warmest winter on record, in terms of average maximum temperatures, reaching nearly 2ºC above average.
  • More than 260 heat and low rainfall records were broken during the winter months.
  • The nation experienced its second driest June on record and the driest winter since 2002.
  • The exceptionally warm and dry winter was made 60 times more likely by climate change.
  • Australia’s average winter temperatures have increased by around 1ºC since 1910, driven by climate change, as a direct result of burning fossil fuels – coal, oil and gas.
  • Winter warm spells are lasting longer, occurring more often and becoming more intense.

 

 

Flowers photographed on Wildflower Walk

Photo  Credit: Marj Webber

Some 90 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 3 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. This event is part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year.

We were again blessed with perfect weather and many of the flower species were at their best. The groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our guides – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland and John Ward from the Bribie Wallum Action Group and Community Nursery. There was also valuable input from Ron Powell and Michael Strong concerning the Aboriginal
history of the area and the significance of the various plants and trees to the first inhabitants. BIEPA would like to thank them all for their contribution to the success of this event.

We were pleased to see that this Walk attracted enthusiasts from outside the local area – including from Maroochydore and the Northern Rivers. We also welcomed some overseas visitors.

From the feedback received, it seemed that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable morning.

Wildflower Walk 2017

Photo Credit: Emma Carter

We look forward to welcoming you again next year!