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

Topic: Birds, particularly the Osprey

Guest Speaker: Pip Grant-Taylor from Osprey House

Pip will be regaling us with her extensive knowledge of birds, in particular the osprey.  Click on this National Geographic link to see some of Pip’s incredible photos: 

Pip also wrote and illustrated, “Talon the Aussie osprey: the ospreys of Osprey House”, a story of the first osprey chick hatched at Osprey House Environmental Centre near Brisbane.  It includes a design and instructions for a hanging osprey mobile.  An accompanying CD features two videos about Talon.

The BIEPA committee visited Osprey House recently and we featured it in our most recent BIEPA News.

Download the poster AugustMeeting2017 for more informtion.

Monday 24 July 2017

Topic: Lyngbya – What is it? What causes it? Why should I be Concerned?

Guest Speakers: Greg Savige, Local Commercial Fisherman  and Andrew Evans, Environmental Officer, MBRC

We will be hearing about the long term research Greg Savige (local commercial fisherman) has accumulated on Lyngbya.  Also, we will have a representative from the Environment Dept at Council who will tell us how council has prepared for Lyngbya outbreaks.

This is an important issue about the health of Bribie Island’s beaches and the waters of the Pumicestone Passage.

Poster – July

Monday 26/06/17

Topic: Updates on Discussions from Previous BIEPA Meetings

(1) Updates on Prof Rob Capon’s work on designing a cane toad tadpole trap – hopefully, to eventually be sold out of Bunnings and his research into using cane toad toxins to control their populations.

(2) Sister Mary Tinney gave BIEPA a comprehensive explanation of the Pope’s Encyclical on the Environment in June 2016.  You will view a brief film, “Care for our Common Home” that is now available since it accompanied the original release of the Encyclical.

(3) We will be viewing the documentary, “Guarding the Galilee” which will highlight the impact the Adani coal project will have on the Bimblebox Nature Refuge – an 8,000-hectare property in the Desert Uplands Bioregion of Central West Queensland.  Members viewed the documentary, “Bimblebox”, at the April 2014 BIEPA meeting.

For further information DOWNLOAD THE POSTER

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
change.

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: