Celebrating 25 Years as a Ramsar site.
Deception Bay, 10am-2pm Sunday 21st October.

Attached is a poster with information about this wonderful Expo,
Ramsar Wetlands Expo_ 21_10_18
Bribie Island Fauna and Flora Sanctuaryto be held in Deception Bay 10am – 2pm, Sunday 21st October and initiated by the Redcliffe Environmental Forum.
The MORETON BAY WETLAND EXPO is celebrating the 25 years Moreton Bay has been protected under the International Ramsar Convention on Wetlands signed by Australia in 1993.
BIEPA will have a stall at this event, so come and visit us and join in the celebrations.
Moreton Bay was made, “A Ramsar Site designated to be of international importance under the Ramsar Convention” in 1993. http://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/ramsar.  Australian Ramsar Wetlands sites have been listed on Ramsar since 1975, but until 1993, Queensland was the only State that had no protected Ramsar sites.
On 7th February 1993, the Hon. Molly Robson, MLA, Minister for Environment and Heritage in the Queensland Government issued a Media Statement (see attached), excerpts of which are:
-“Two of Queensland’s most significant wetlands will be submitted to the Federal Government for listing as internationally important following tomorrow’s State Cabinet meeting in Townsville, Environment and Heritage Minister Molly Robson announced today”
-However, oddly, Hon Molly Robson, continues in the 1993 Media Release: “These listings will not require any change to current administrative or management arrangements and will have no financial implications.”
Fast forward 25 years and it appears there remain no changes to 1993 administrative or management arrangements and no financial investments have been made to manage what has become unsustainable and inappropriate development, tourism and recreational use of the internationally protected Moreton Bay Marine Park in which Bribie Island boasts to visitors and residents at the entrance to the Bribie bridge – “Welcome to Bribie Island, A Flora and Fauna Sanctuary”. (see attached)
The MORETON BAY WETLAND EXPO will highlight the importance of protecting Moreton Bay as a Ramsar site of international importance and what we all, as individuals, can do to ensure that protection. (See attached EVENTS PROGRAM)
We look forward to seeing you in Deception Bay on Sunday 21st October.
Ramsar Doc 1
Ramsar Doc 2

This Friday, October 12,  Hinterland Bush Links is hosting a very special evening with Keith Bradby who pioneered the 1,000km Gondwana Link in South West WA.

Keith’s an inspirational and entertaining speaker, and this will be a great opportunity to engage with him about conservation strategies to protect wildlife in the Sunshine Coast region.

Download the Flyer for more information

 

 

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Firstly, a special thanks to all of the alliance members and volunteers who helped us promote and organise Stand Against Extinction.

Secondly, a warm welcome to five new alliance members: Protect the Bush AllianceBirds QueenslandSave KosciForest Network andFriends of the Forest (Mogo)!

See below for updates on the rally, links and info on the Senate inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis and PYL asks and key reforms coming into the election.

The PYL Campaign Leadership Team meets regularly to move forward the campaign for a new generation of national environment laws. Ideas, suggestions and requests are always welcome, send us an email at info@placesyoulove.org

You can also support the campaign by engaging with us through our Facebook page and Twitter

Stand Against Extinction

On the 7th September 2018, National Threatened Species Day, we held Stand Against Extinction.


Image credit: James Thomas Photo

The rally actioned an idea you generated at the Alliance Strategy Day, following on from the Better Laws for a Better Planet symposium in March.

We built awareness of the problem: our environment laws and institutions are failing to protect our environment and we are losing species to extinction at accelerating rates. The passionate and inspired individuals who came along demonstrated community support for the need for change.

Check out our Facebook page and Twitter to keep up to date with the discussion and to check out pictures from the event!

Australia’s Faunal Extinction Crisis

Submissions to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s faunal extinction crisis have now closed. The inquiry covered the wider ecological impact of faunal extinction, the adequacy of Commonwealth environment laws, the adequacy of existing monitoring practices, assessment process and compliance mechanisms for enforcing Commonwealth environmental law, and a range of other matters.

Check out the submissions here: https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Environment_and_Communications/Faunalextinction/Submissions

Alliance member organisations embraced this important opportunity and made effective use of the PYL submission guide. Together, we highlighted key issues for biodiversity conservation in Australia and made a strong case for environmental law reform.

What’s next? Engage with your MPs on new environment laws. We will be providing alliance members with a toolkit shortly with everything you need to do this effectively. See below for our election ask and key reforms.

Places You Love 2018 election asks and key reforms

In the lead up to the Federal election, we’d love your help to call on all political parties to act for the wildlife, people and places we love.

To have a better chance of securing the strong nature laws we all want, it’s important we speak with one voice.

To help us all stick to one clear, effective message, see below for the ask that we’ll be taking in on behalf of the Places You Love Alliance to brief politicians and advisors.

Shareable election ask:

In the lead up to the Federal election, the Places You Love Alliance is calling on politicians to act for the wildlife, people and places we love. This means supporting our call to reform our national environment laws so they can genuinely protect our environment and conserve our biodiversity.

What reforms are we calling for?

Drawing on the work of the Australian Panel of Experts on Environmental Law (APEEL), the Places You Love Alliance is calling for four key reforms:

  1. A new generation of national environmental laws that genuinely protect our unique wildlife and the places we love.
  1.  Independent institutions that set science-based national environmental standards, and operate transparently and independently of government, including:
  1. A National Sustainability Commission that develops enforceable national, regional, threat abatement and species-level conservation plans, and a National Environmental Protection Agency that has adequate authority and capacity to check for compliance and enforce environment laws.
  1. Guaranteed community right and participation in environmental decision-making

Check out other materials in the PYL Alliance Shared Folder:

Policy briefers, papers, election asks and policy FAQ here

PYL Submission guide (FECI)

 

Monday 24/09/18

Topic: The Exploits of TAPP Members

Guest Speaker: Ken Mewburn, President TAAP

BIEPA has had a representative attend a TAPP meeting and they are a very motivated and active group.

At the most recent Pumicestone Catchment Network meeting, held at Beerwah, Ken gave an exceptional account of TAPP’s concerns for the Pumicestone Passage, particularly the impacts from increased developments and not only the environmental impacts from unsustainable population growth but the associated the recreational impacts on the Passage.

Attached is this month’s poster for the meeting as well as a link to the Pumicestone Passage Action Plan, 2013 – 2016 for your information.
https://seqmayors.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Pumicestone-Passage-Action-Plan1.pdf

POSTER September 2018

AUSSIE BACKYARD BIRD COUNT – 22-28 OCTOBER 2018

Save the date — the Aussie Backyard Bird Count is back from 22-28 October 2018.

The #AussieBirdCount is a great way to connect with the birds in your backyard, no matter where your backyard might be — a suburban backyard, a local park, a patch of forest, a farm, down by the beach, or the main street of town.

To take part all you need is 20 minutes and your favourite outdoor space. Not only will you be contributing to BirdLife Australia’s knowledge of Aussie birds, but there are also some great prizes on offer. Head to the website and register as a Counter today!

If you’ve taken part before and are registered for this year why not introduce someone else to the wonderful world of birding through this easy, fun, all-ages event? And if you’re a teacher, check out our Bird Count curriculum-based lesson plans to get your students (or the whole school!) involved.

If you have questions about the Aussie Backyard Bird Count, please head to our FAQ page, where you’ll find more information about registering, participating, and troubleshooting.

29 days to go — and counting!