Prof Peter Waterman (University of the Sunshine Coast)
Susie Chapman (Health Land and Water)
Stewart Pentland (MBRC – Director Planning and Economic Development)
Kate Isles (MBRC – Manager Strategic Planning and Economic Development)
It is now beyond dispute that the Earth’s climate is changing and that we need to adapt to this
Guest Speakers will discuss:
- Adapting to changing climatic conditions in SEQ
- Climate Proofing Bribie – climate change preparation for this community
- Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy
The Climate Proofing Bribie Island Action Plan that the Bribie Island community (facilitated by
Uni of Sunshine Coast and SEQ Catchments), developed and presented to MBRC in 2010 was
referenced in the presentations.
Update: The general meeting and AGM were well attended and everyone agreed that the
presentations were most informative. The Guest Speakers agreed to have their presentations
added to the BIEPA web site for your convenience. We thank them.
You can download the presentations here:
Guest Speaker: Linda Cross, Queensland Wader Study Group, Birds Queensland.
We all know there are many different bird species on Bribie Island (thanks to BIEPA’s publications, Bribie Birds” and the “Annotated Checklist”)
- Have you ever wondered just how many bird species have been identified to date?
- Have you ever wondered where are the best places to sight the different species?
- And, have you ever wondered why there are so many species? What is so special about Bribie Island?
- And, have you wondered who counts them all and maintains the tally?
Well, wonder no more. Linda Cross is going to join us to answer all our questions. Linda will show us some of the species that have been seen on Bribie – both common and uncommon. She will attempt to answer all your questions. Linda will share with us the techniques that Birds Queensland uses to document its bird counts.
Guest Speakers: Dr Tony Mathews
Urban and Env. Planning Griffth University
Urban planners and researchers, like the group at Griffth University, have long been making the link between a healthy urban landscape and quality of life. Benefits of a healthy urban landscape have been shown to include cooler temperatures, reduced heat stress, improved health, reduced energy consumption, improved property values, and reduced crime.
Tony has strong research interests in areas such as Climate change adaptation, Green infrastructure, Urban regeneration, and Natural resource management. Tony recently completed a study on the effects of vegetation in Gold Coast communities.
An article on this study was included in the January Newsletter. Tony will be discussing some of his research areas, the results of the Gold Coast study, and its potential
implications for places like Bribie that have no vegetation protection policies in place.
Our Guest Speaker: Robyn Moffat,
Manager, Environmental Services MBRC
We welcomed back Robyn Moffat and staff from MBRC’s Environmental Services Division. Robyn provided an update on various MBRC environmental activities. Some of the subjects Robyn discussed included Vegetation Protection at the National, State and Local levels with a focus on regional protection mechanisms and compliance including those at MBRC; an update on support for community groups through initiatives like Landcare, Green Army and Land for Wildlife; the current Lyngbya outbreak; and Coastal Hazard Adaptation Planning Robyn and her team will be happy to answer queries.
Guest Speaker: Peter Sellens, CSA Services, Solar Council of Australia
With its dry climate and latitude, Australia has the greatest solar energy potential of virtually any country in the world. It is not surprising therefore, that over 1.4 million households have installed PV systems with a total capacity of around 4,100 MW. These systems account for around 1.1% of Australia’s electricity production.
There is much information and misinformation out there about solar systems. Some say they are driving up electricity prices.
Some say the opposite. Some say they are destabilizing the electrical grid. Some say this is nonsense.
Peter will give an outline on solar energy today, what might happen in the future, and is happy to answer questions.