Guest Speakers


Monday 23/01/17

Our Guest Speaker at the first BIEPA meeting for 2017 was: Dr Tony Matthews,

Lecturer in Urban and Environmental Planning, Griffith University.

This is an interesting and relevant topic and Tony discussed research results of a Gold Coast study (see January 2017 BIEPA News) and its potential implications for places such as Bribie Island that have no vegetation protection policies in place.


September Meeting

Guest Speaker: Emma Carter

Emma holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Ecology. Her research, at QUT’s Quantitative Applied Spatial Ecology Group, is looking into the possibility that traffic noise is influencing the koala’s acoustic communication system.
Could traffic noise in urban habitat be masking or interfering with the koalas’ mating calls?
Hear all about our koalas in SE Queensland and Emma’s fascinating research using state of the art technologies including drones and acoustic sensing.

 July Meeting


The Sunshine Coast Environment Council.

APRIL Meeting

Guest Speaker: Dr. Adrian Ward

Global Change Institute, University of Queensland

Dr Ward attended the Paris Climate Accord and agreed to give BIEPA members an update on what nations are doing to implement the accord.


MARCH Meeting

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mark O’Donahue

CEO of Australian Water Recycling, Centre of Excellence at the University of Queensland

Is a new desalination plant the only way to supply SEQ’s water supply needs in the future?



Guest Speaker: Toby Hutcheon, Boomerang Alliance

Toby spoke about the Cash for Containers campaign that is gathering momentum in NSW and Queensland. (It is already happening in South Australia) Australians are convincing their politicians that this is the best way to deal with the litter issues plaguing our beautiful landscape and waterways.

It’s our job to convince our own political representatives (local, state, federal) to add their signatures of support for this campaign. (“Where the people lead the politicians will follow!”)

AND, Natrasha (the turtle) was on hand as a reminder of the urgent need for this Plastic Pollution Revolution.


Guest Speaker: Prof Rob Capon, Insitute for Molecular Bioscience University of Queensland

Cane toads were introduced into Australia in 1935 and have subsequently become a most invasive pest.

Efforts to control them have seen largely ineffective until now. Recently an infestation of cane toad tadpoles was observed at the mouth of Freshwater Creek and reported to BIEPA.

The Environment Dept. at MBRC was contacted and some field trials of Rob’s cane toad tadpole traps were set up.

Rob discussed his technique and the success he has recently achieved in applying his methods in Freshwater Creek.





Guest Speaker: Dr Ben Diggles, DigsFish Services

Ben established DigsFish Services in 2003 to provide specialist aqua’c animal health services to industry and Government.
He is a marine biologist and lives here on Bribie.

Ben will discuss some of the work undertaken by DigsFish and will focus on his e?orts to establish the Shell?sh Reef Restoration project as a way of improving the declining water quality of the Pumicestone Passage.

More Information

November Meeting