The Joint Report was released on “National Threatened Species Day” – 7th September.

RSPCA Queensland records show that rescues of forest-dependent wildlife more than tripled from 2,331 in 2011 to 7,950 in 2016, with much of this increase put down to habitat destruction.

QLD This coincides with the news that more than 1 million hectares has been cleared in the past 4 years in Queensland.

Bulldozing of forests in Queensland has killed tens of millions of the wild Australian animals living there.

Why are we allowing this to happen? Who is responsible for allowing this to happen?
Scientists estimate tree-clearing in Queensland now kills 34 million animals each year: 900,000 mammals like koalas, possums, flying foxes and gliders, 2.6 million birds like cockatoos and 30.6 million reptiles including goannas, dragons, skinks and native geckos.

Koalas are front and centre of this animal welfare crisis and we all must do something to halt the carnage that has our native vegetation and wildlife on a fast track to extinction.

We are fast losing what makes Queensland, “Queensland”.

Please read more here: http://www.wwf.org.au/news/news/2017/tree-clearing-causing-queenslands-greatest-animal-welfare-crisis#gs.AvlXalw.

BIEPA Management Committee

Koalas

Did you know more than 80% of koalas have disappeared from Queensland’s Koala Coast due to excessive tree clearing? BIEPA was shocked too. That’s why BIEPA emailed a KIMBY (Koala In My Back Yard) to the Queensland Government to protect the habitat of koalas and other Australian wildlife.

Will you send one too?
Visit www.wwf.org.au/savekoalas to send yours now!”

18/08/17

A rare native night bird once feared extinct in Australia is making a remarkable comeback in the Sunshine Coast hinterland of Queensland.

It has taken the combined efforts of Sunshine Coast Council, landholders and volunteers to bring the marbled frogmouth back to the Blackall Range, where 95 per cent of its habitat was cleared for timber and farming.

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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.

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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: