40th Anniversary Events

BIEPA 40th Anniversary 2018

BIEPA 40 years caring for our special habitat and its residents BIEPA 40th Year! During our 40th year, we are holding many special events to celebrate our great work over these many years.

We are especially grateful to all the many willing, concerned, dedicated, skilled and able volunteers who have helped to make our vital work possible.


Matthew Flinders Next Generation Art Prize 2018

The Awards Night for this event was held on 25th August at the Community Arts Centre.
BIEPA had sponsored the “Art from Recycled Materials” Award and Vice-President Kathleen presented the cash prize and certificate to the winner, Ashton Longman-Hayes, for his work “The Golden Swan” which he created from a disused saxophone.
The works submitted were judged in age-group sections, apart from the Recycled Art section which was open to all ages.
BIEPA Member and artist Geoff Ginn had mentored some of the young artists who submitted works in this section during sessions at the Bribie State High School, as one of BIEPA’s 40th Anniversary events.


Wildflower Walk

A Wander through the Wallum – Spring 2018

Some 60 participants joined BIEPA’s annual “Wonders of the Wallum” Wildflower Walk on Sunday, 2 September, through heathland at the top of Cotterill Avenue, Bongaree. This event is part of the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, which ran from 19 August to 2 September this year and compromised 22 walks through areas on the coast and in the hinterland.

We were again blessed with perfect weather and although largely because of the dry period we had experienced in the late winter, some of the flower species were not at their best, there was still much of interest and beauty to be seen. The groups of walkers appreciated the knowledge and experience of our guide – Allan Carr from Native Plants Queensland. 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, again, this Walk attracted enthusiasts from outside the immediate local area – including from the Sunshine Coast and hinterland and Ipswich.

From the feedback received, it seemed that everyone had an interesting and enjoyable morning. We look forward to welcoming you again next year!


Ferryman Cruise

Cruising the Passage on the Ferryman – August 2018

BIEPA had organised a special event as part of the Association’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations – a Lunchtime Cruise on the Ferryman vessel along the Pumicestone Passage. The sold-out Cruise took place on a perfect day with calm water and brilliant sunshine. We were privileged to welcome some past members of BIEPA, including Len Baglow and his wife Sue. Len had been President of BIEPA in the late 90s/early 2000s and he gave a short talk recalling his time with the Association. We were fortunate to have on board experts such as Peter Samson (birdlife) and Ron Powell (local Aboriginal history).

A painting of the Passage by Artist and BIEPA member Glenda Charles was kindly donated by the Artist and presented to long-time Member Lia Saint-Smith, in appreciation of her many years of service in the role of Treasurer.

Many of the participants, particularly those who were doing this trip for the first time, commented on the wonderful views, the sightings of dugong, dolphins and many species of bird, and the sense of calm experienced when cruising the Passage north of the residential area. The Skipper’s commentary was greatly appreciated – as was the delicious lunch and BIEPA’s 40th birthday cake!

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Ribbons of Reflection Ribbons of Reflection

The BIEPA “Ribbons of Reflection” tree was in the entrance to the Seaside Museum during the first part of the year.  Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop, reflect on our environment, and leave their thoughts on the tree.
 (Thanks to Joan at the Museum for sending photo).