Woorim-Beach-Algae

Important information received from Dr Ben Diggles – Restore Pumicestone Passage.org. 

“Please find attached a news item on the algal blooms that have become evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches (including Woorim) over the past couple of days.  Some background on the usual causes of these blooms is provided to dispel myths that these phenomena are “natural” events and not caused by human influence.  The attached also includes a potential solution (constructed wetlands to filter and alleviate stormwater impacts)”.
Another solution, of course, is to cease using products on our gardens, etc. that will eventually contaminate and affect the health of our waterways.
from your BIEPA Management Committee
This photo was taken on Woorim Beach 6:30 am 01/11/19
Woorim-Beach-AlgaeAlgal Bloom on Woorim Beach
Download the Report…Bellara trichodesmium

Dear BIEPA Members, Affiliates and Friends

We thought you would enjoy this feedback from BIEPA member, Anne Bradley, on a wonderful day out birding with Birds Queensland.
Anne also regaled the attendees at Monday night’s BIEPA meeting.

Just click on the heading below and you will see some of Anne’s wonderful photos.

from BIEPA Management Committee.

Birds Queensland outing to Bribie 2019

To view a few photos from the day, please use ‘control click’ on the title above.  When the photos come up, you can click on the first one to enlarge it and then click on the ‘i’ icon at the top right of the screen to view my titles.  I hope that I haven’t made any mistakes!

 

Members of Birds Queensland have visited Bribie 35 times since 1975.  They go to a wide variety of habitats on the island to take a census of the birds: Buckley’s Hole, Red Beach, the road to the sewage works (off First Avenue), Kakadu bird hide, Wright’s Creek, White Patch, Star Marina and Bibimulya.  It is a matter of honour for them to be able to see over 100 different species in a day.  This year and last, BIEPA has been invited to participate and I have gone along, last year with only one other member, this year with several.  They make us very welcome and even supply us with good quality binoculars for the day.

 

I am enormously impressed by the ability of members of the group to spot birds that I would never have found by myself.  Believe me, it is amazing!  Sometimes, they identify the calls first and then find the birds.  Often, I can’t even see them when they are pointed out to me.  This year, over 90 different species were identified in the first three hours and 121 during the day, with 6 others heard but not seen.

 

The highlight for many people was the Common Sandpiper that was spotted at Star Marina towards the end of the day.  This is not at all a common bird here, despite its name.  Of course, this was one of the birds that I failed to see, despite the earnest attempts of other people to point it out to me, so, sadly, I can’t include a photo of it.

 

It was a very rewarding and busy day but one doesn’t have to stay for all of it, one can ‘slope off’ at any time.  Do come along next year, it is a great day out.

 

Anne Bradley

28th October 2019

Birds Queensland outing to Bribie 2019

Monday, October 28, 2019

Topic: Drought and water supply plans and conservation

Guest Speaker: SEQ Water

We are in a time of drought – AGAIN – and we need to revisit how SE Queensland’s limited water supply is going to continue “supplying”.

Do you think we need to re-introduce legislation that all new housing developments should be required to have tanks to capture rain when it falls on roofs??

Can we continue with Bribie Island residents using bores into our freshwater aquifers to maintain our gardens? With continued population growth on Bribie Island, is this sustainable?

Attached is the Poster for this month’s’ meeting.
POSTER 28_10_19

Poster October 2019

BIEPA received a photo of litter picked up along Spinnaker Sound beach after a New Year’s Eve fireworks event at the Sandstone Point Hotel.
BIEPA sent the following letter to the Minister for Environment asking the Minister to act on this noise and litter pollution affecting the migratory shorebirds and marine life in the Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Warning: you may find some photos distressing
The meeting is at Sandstone Point Community Centre (behind the IGA).

Tonight Wednesday 19th October 2019

We have compiled the information attached with the best intentions to provide as much factual information as could be found on the subject of seaweed farms.
We sent questions to Ian Tuart, who was a BIEPA Guest Speaker in June 2018 talking on his research into seaweed farms, who took time to answer them for us.  We also read the research studies Ian sent to us.
We recommend you read the Swedish study we have linked.
You may wish to attend this meeting for your own information.
The images below link to the complete documents. 

Download  ->
POSTER – Seaweed Farm Info night 16_10_19