Bribie Lagoons

BIEPA at World Environment Day, Maroochydore, 2019As in previous years, BIEPA had a stall at the World Environment Day Festival organised by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council on 2 June.  In spite of the rain, it was an enjoyable day and a great opportunity to meet up with likeminded stallholders and visitors.

Since World Environment Day began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries. Each year the day is centred around a theme, this year’s theme is air pollution. Unfortunately, 91% of people live in places where air quality falls below World Health Organisation limits and 90 out of 193 countries do not have vehicle emission standards. World Environment Day is a global day for people to take action. There are many small steps we can take that collectively can have a big difference, learn more here:

https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

Boronia falcifolia (Wallum boronia)

Mark your calendars for Sunday, 1st September 2019.  Attached is BIEPA’s Poster announcing the 2019 Wonders of the Wallum Spring Wildflower Walk on Bribie Island.  

DOWNLOAD POSTER – WFW 2019-web
POSTER - WFW 2019

For more than 20 years BIEPA has hosted the Wonders of the Wallum Spring Wildflower Walk on Bribie Island.  In 2008, BIEPA was invited to be part of the Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival itinerary.  

BIEPA has walked wildflower enthusiasts through Wallum heathland in different locations.  Since 2014 BIEPA has hosted the event in an area BIEPA saved in 1998  from being rezoned for canal development and successfully lobbied to have it designated as National Park in 2007.

This year the Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival will be held in the last two weeks of August.

BIEPA has booked Sunday 1st September (last day of Festival) as the date for BIEPA’s Wonders of the WallumSpring Wildflower Walk on Bribie Island.   When the itinerary is finalised, BIEPA will send it to you so you can choose to enjoy the Sunshine Coast’s diversity of Spring Wildflowers throughout the Festival’s full two weeks of events.

 

HISTORY

The Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival is an annual, Spring event to celebrate the beautiful display of wildflowers on the Sunshine Coast. The Festival was developed in 1967 by Kathleen McArthur, an artist, author, environmentalist and founding member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland.  (See BIEPA News, May 2019 edition).  Since its humble beginnings the Festival has grown each year with the support of local community groups hosting activities.   

 

The Wildflower Festival provides free, public guided walks and activities across the Sunshine Coast. From Bribie Island to Noosa National Park people can immerse themselves in Nature. Discover the diversity of native, flowering plants in our local environment.

The BIEPA Management Committee is already planning for this popular event on Bribie Island.

 

Download the poster > POSTER – WFW 2019

CleanUp Australia Day

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Some intrepid BIEPA volunteers hit White Patch on Bribie Island this year for the annual Clean Up Australia Day.  This year is special as we remember founder, Ian Kiernan AO, who passed away October 2018.

Our usual haunts for this event are Buckley’s Hole, Shirley Creek and Woorim Beach, but we decided to spread the word further afield.

Our volunteers collected 13 bags of rubbish including a huge amount of wire mesh that some not-so-thoughtful person had dumped in the National Park.

Cleaning-up AustraliaEveryone had a lot of fun and we thank all those who came out to clean up White Patch.

BIEPA’s meeting location for the CLEAN UP Australia Day event will be at White Patch Esplanade opposite Coondiba Street.  From there, volunteers will choose to go north to the Rangers Station or South to Wrights Creek and back.
CleanUp Australia Day
STORY OF THE PHOTO ON THE POSTER:   A BIEPA member was walking along Woorim beach one morning and saw a red can scurrying around in the sand.  The can was being dragged by a little crab whose claw was caught in the can.  Of course, the BIEPA member released the crab from its trap.  No, the crab wasn’t intoxicated.
A reminder that rubbishing Bribie Island is impacting even our smallest creatures.
We look forward to seeing you on the day.

As we announced in our February BIEPA NEWS, BIEPA no longer uses the services of the Commonwealth Bank.

BIEPA now banks with the Bank of Queensland (BOQ).

If you wish to make a bank transfer for your membership fees, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ General Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22657983.

If you wish to make a Tax Deductible donation to the BIEPA Public Environment, you can carry that out using BIEPA’s BOQ Public Environment Account details as follows:  BSB Number: 124390; Account Number: 22671143.

PLEASE ENSURE YOU FILL OUT DETAILS REGARDING YOUR NAME AND THE REASON FOR YOUR DEPOSIT WHEN MAKING THESE TRANSFERS.

We look forward to seeing you at the BIEPA AGM Monday 28th May 2018.

If you have not been able to pay your membership fees before the AGM and would like to pay them on the evening of the meeting , could you please arrive half an hour early (at least by 6:30pm) and our Treasurer, Lia with an assistant, will be stationed outside the meeting room in the corridor to attend to you.

Membership Renewal and BIEPA Mgmt Committee Nomination forms are attached to the Next Meeting Notice, for your convenience.

If you wish to post them, please address to:
BIEPA, PO BOX 350, BRIBIE ISLAND. QLD. 4507