Extinction Nation -Recommended viewing:

VIEW HERE:

https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/extinction-nation/11241318

 

The fight to save Australia’s endangered species.

“It’s about as bad as it can get, without them literally all being dead.” Bird ecologist

Australia boasts a stunning array of unique wildlife. They feature on our coat of arms and they’re placed front and centre in our tourism campaigns. But the reality is, many of our native animals are in danger.

“It’s embarrassing being involved with wildlife, to be an Australian, to have this record of extinction.” Conservation sanctuary owner

Australia has one of the worst extinction rates on the planet and the problem is growing. There are currently more than 500 animal species under threat.

“If we can’t bring ourselves to care…then what about the next thing, and what about the next thing after that? Where’s the end point of that attitude?” Conservation ecologist

On Monday Four Corners investigates how Australia has found itself in the midst of an extinction crisis.

“Our system for protecting threatened species in this country is fundamentally broken.” Conservation activist

There is heated debate over who is responsible and what lengths governments should go to, to save these threatened species.

“It’s not about waving a chequebook at the levels of threatened species. It’s about sensible funding, which we do.” Environment Minister

Four Corners goes into the field with leading scientists and conservation volunteers to document first hand the fight to save these wild creatures. Our camera captures precious pictures of some of these endangered animals.

“It is rare to see them at all but to have posing like that for us was a gift…just wonderful.” Volunteer conservationist

With money in short supply, many rescue efforts are reliant on volunteers and crowd funding,

“If volunteers like us weren’t doing it, it just wouldn’t be done and the animals would be going extinct.” Volunteer conservationist

Ecologists say these species are just as priceless as a work of art and should be protected in the same way.

“You wouldn’t go burn the Mona Lisa because you could. You’d put it somewhere and keep it safe.” Bird ecologist

They warn that species extinction will have consequences for us all.

“We are an interconnected ecosystem. It’s going to actually start having knock on effects to us as well and our society and in a whole range of ways.” Conservation activist

Extinction Nation, reported by Stephanie March, goes to air on Monday 24th June at 8.30pm. It is replayed on Tuesday 25th June at 1.00pm and Wednesday 26th at 11.20pm. It can also be seen on ABC NEWS channel on Saturday at 8.10pm AEST, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.

 

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. 

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POSTER – Seaweed Farm Info night 16_10_19

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Posted by Greenpeace Australia Pacific on Tuesday, 7 May 2019

 

At BIEPA’s Annual General Meeting, held 27th May, a new Management Committee was elected.

They are: Diane Oxenford (President); Kathleen Catalan (Vice President); Jenny Walker (Secretary); Roger Platt (Treasurer); and Committee Members Lia Saint-Smith and Ron Ward.

 

Download the AGM 2019 report: MEDIA – 2019 AGM_ Priority Goals.

It is becoming increasingly frustrating for the environmental community to protect Moreton Bay Marine Park’s unique and internationally and nationally protected wildlife.  Protected under international conservation agreements since 1991 (Conservation of Migratory Species CMS) and 1993 (Ramsar Convention on Wetlands) and the Australian EPBC Act 1999.
What a turnout we had for the Pelicans last weekend.  Thank you for your wonderful support.  It was a day for everyone from all walks of life to come together as a community to protect a Bribie Island icon.
Sadly, we tend to be nostalgic for an image of what we think identifies Bribie to the world.  Yes, our pelicans perched on the light fixtures on the Bribie bridge have become a symbol for residents, visitors and families who choose to enjoy our natural environment and seaside attractions.  Crossing the Bribie Bridge is synonymous with “relaxing and leaving the rest of the world behind”.  And, we all love that feeling when we cross the Bridge.
Now it is time to be really active in protecting a bird species that is not so “clear and present” as the pelican but is in “danger” of extinction. This bird, the Eastern Curlew, and its protected habitat is threatened by an inappropriate and profiteering development on Toondah Harbour wetlands. Essentially turning this natural asset into a concrete jungle.  The Eastern Curlew is also resident at Bribie Island’s Buckley’s Hole and Kakadu Beach which are Ramsar protected wetlands and foreshore that host a myriad of migratory shorebirds each year.
BIEPA (at the invitation of BirdLife Australia) is inviting you to attend a DRAWING A LINE IN THE MUD TO SAVE OUR TOONDAH WETLANDS event at 8am Saturday 11th May 2019  at GJ Walter Park, North Street, Cleveland. 4163.  Bring your own picnic breakfast or partake of a free sausage sizzle.

If you plan on being in the MUD, don’t risk your best footwear.

This event has now passed – read about it here    …    Support Birdlife
This is a great outcome to be shared and celebrated. We won’t settle for anything less!

 
Attached are two posters with all the information you will need to make your decision to support this event.
We look forward to seeing you there, supporting and protecting our endangered shorebirds and their habitat.
from BIEPA Management Committee