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Noosa Parks Association is proud to host the Friday Environment Forum

The Friday Environment Forum is a public information exchange, provided by guest speakers, covering a range of current conservation and environmental issues. The Friday Environment Forum is held at the Environment Center at Wallace Park, Noosaville.

Forums resume at the Environment Centre on August 14

‘Birds of South-East Queensland’, Rainforest Species with Tim Siggs

Guest speaker Tim Siggs is a birder, videographer and film-maker. He started film-making almost by chance in 2002 after an around Australia trip. 

In 2012, Tim hatched a crazy plan of producing a series of 5 films based on the birds of SE Queensland. The series of films, based on habitat, is a massive undertaking which will take years to complete. The first would be the ‘Birds of the Rainforest’. Friday forum attendees will be able to view the first of three episodes. Countless hours have been spent in the bush, behind the camera, finding and filming the special moments. Many more, in the editing room, working on audio, vision and story. Come along on Friday August 14 for a 10.30am start to see the end result for yourself. 

New procedures for attending Friday Environment Forum at the Environment Centre

As per Covid-19 guidelines, FEF attendees will be required to register and provide their contact details, and follow the safe procedures outlined below. 

• Click this link FEF Registration After typing in your details, including telephone number, click on submit at the bottom of the last page. This will create a record of attendees and their contact details. Remember numbers are limited, so please register as soon as you can and then cancel if you are unable to attend. This is important so someone else can take your place. If you are having problems, call 0405 360 549 for help. 

• Sanitising hands and the maintenance of social distance will be required. Sanitiser will be available. 

• To avoid the handling of cash, a $5 donation will be required at the front desk by credit/debit card (tap & go). This will include a morning tea/coffee and biscuit. 

• Bring your own cup and maintain social distance while waiting to be served. Pre-packaged biscuits will be provided. Morning tea will be available from 10am. 

• No entry to kitchen except for rostered volunteers on duty. 

• Take drinks to outdoor area where some seating will be available before the forum commences. 

• Please be seated in the Arthur Harrold room before 10.30am so we can start promptly. 

• Seats will be spaced for social distancing. 

Please do not attend if you are feeling unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms. 

Forums from August 28 will also be broadcast on Zoom.


  • 14th – ‘Birds of South-East Queensland’, Rainforest Species, Tim Siggs
  • 21st – No forum – review of protocols
  • 28th – The Quest for Sustainability: Insights from Australian agriculture, Emeritus Professor Richard Bawden


  • 4th – “Hidden treasures of the SC: Looking into rock pools through the eye of a macro lens”, Fushia Collard
  • 11th – Noosa Show Public Holiday – no forum
  • 18th – Cooroy Hinterland Adventure Playground, Kimberly Elliott, Noosa Council
  • 25th – Cooper Creek, Geomorphology and Hydrology, Bob Tooth. ZOOM only event.


  • 2nd – Noosa Environmental Education Hub, Di Seels + others
  • 9th – ‘Wild Things: Health issues of wild birds and how we can help them, Jessica Drake
  • 16th – Birdwatching in Ecuador:  A Megadiverse Country, Valentina Cruz
  • 23rd – ‘Birding in the Zone of Happiness’, Steve Popple

Past Guests:

Mar 13 2020 – Are Sea Slugs Good Indicators of Climate Change?, Julie Schubert

Mar 06 2020 – Landscapes of the south west of Western Australia, Joan Heavey

Feb 28 2020 – Busting Shark Myths, Nigel Marsh

Feb 21 2020 – Diving into the World of Giants, Marjoleine Roos

Feb 14 2020 – Bimblebox – a nature refuge under siege, Eric Anderson

Feb 7 2020 – What’s happening at Lake Macdonald?, James Feguson of Seqwater

Nov 22 2019 – Science supports heathland conservation, Hilary Pearl

Nov 08 2019 – Citizen Science at Cooloola BioBlitz, Dr Lindy
Orwin, Cooloola Coastcare

Nov 01 2019 – Frog Ponds and Habitat gardens, Sean Morrow

Oct 25 2019 – The world need not starve, Rod Jamieson

Oct 17 2019 – Forty years of Fish tagging, Dr Julian Pepperell

Oct 4 2019 – Great Sandy Strait Research, Assoc. Prof. Ron Johnstone, UQ

Sep 27 2019 – WILVOS Saving Wildlife, Robyn Leslie, WILVOS

Sep 20 2019 – Tackling the War on Waste, Daniel Phipps, Department of Environment and Science

Sep 13  2019 – Albatross : A Documentary, Chris Jordan

Aug 30 2019 – Marine Wonders of Southern Queensland, Nigel Marsh

Aug 23 2019 – Coolum Community Native Plant Nursery, Fuschia Collard

Aug 16 2019 – ‘Feathery Friends…why I do what I do’, Bob Linnane

Aug 9  2019 – Noosa Climate Adaptation Plan, Grant Hinner, Noosa Council

Aug 2 2019 – Pumicestone Passage Restoration, Susie Chapman

July 26 2019 – Coast to Coral – Jodi Salmond, Reef Check

July 19 2019 – Nesting Behaviour – Richard Noske

July 12 2019 – Turn Your Dreams Into Reality – Lidia Davidovics-Smith

July 5 2019 – Australian White Ibis – angel or demon? – Wayne Ellis

June 28  2019 – Wildlife Land Fund – history and growth – Matt Cecil & Des Boyland

June 21 2019 – Australian Birdsong – Dominique Potvin

June 14 2019 – From despair to hope a screening of the DVD “Our Fragile Planet” by Sir David Attenborough and Noosa’s Electric Vehicle Expo explained by Vivien Griffin (ZEN)

June 7 2019 – Conservation and effects of Urbanisation on Eastern Grey Kangaroos – Elizabeth Brunton

May 31 2019 –  Termite Mounds come in all Shapes and Sizes – Jay Turner

May 24  2019 – Where in the World are Yabba Falls and Bunya Country? – Ian Mackay President Conondale Range Conservation

May 17 2019 – East to West and Wildflowers – Joan Heavey

May 10 2019 – Qld’s Protected Areas with Sandy Bolton

May 3 2019 – “Indigenous Rangers” by Rod Jamieson and we will be showing a DVD on the Cuckoo, narrated by Sir David Attenborough

April 26 2019 – A New Noosa Plan: Old Principals-New Provisions by Dr Brian Stockwell, Councillor and Rebecca Britton, Principal Strategic Planner, Noosa Shire Council

April 19 2019 – No Forum on Good Friday

April 12 2019 – Birds of Paradise in West Papua by Lyn Scott

April 05 2019 – Biodiversity in Sri Lanka by Rahula Perera

March 29 2019 – Fishing for the Past with Dr Julian Pepperell

March 22 2019 – Using Drones to Monitor Local Whale Populations with Emily Gregory

March 15 2019 – Those Long Red Dunes of the Simpson Desert with Bob Tooth

Mar 08 2019 – Tiny Houses with Jimmy Hirst

01 Mar 2019 – Revealing the mysteries of Lichens with Vanessa Ryan

22 February 2019 – Fighting Back: saving Australia’s threatened wildlife with Sarah McKenna, AWC

15 February 2019 –

08 February 2019 – Turtle Conservation in West Papua with Dr Geoff Gearheart

01 February 2019 – Man-made tree Hollows with Marty Harris

23 November 2018 – FINIA model and governance for a World Heritage Area (relating to K’Gari (Fraser Island))  with Sue Sargent

16 November 2018 – The Edge of Memory with Patrick Nunn, USC

09 November 2018 – Friends of Lake Weyba with Anita Blake

02 November 2018 – How To Turn A Weed Ridden Creek Into Great Habitat with Julia MacDonald

26 October 2018 – K’Gari a documentary on Fraser Island

19 October 2018 – The Birds at my Table with Prof Darryl Jones

12 October 2018 – Energy trends in India: Getting power where it’s needed with Charles Warringham

05 October 2018 – Seaweed: Good for you and the environment with Nicholas Paul, USC

28 September 2018 – Kids Leading Kids: Meet our local junior Eco Warriors with Liz Diggles