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Craft beer and cool science – a potent brew

EnviroForum is our monthly science-meets-beer event where you can have a coldie while becoming informed about environmental issues affecting your community.

Come along to Land & Sea Brewery, Noosa’s first and original craft beer brewery, and quench your thirst for knowledge. We’ll supply the scientists and experts — you just need to bring an open mind.

Become one of a new wave of environmental activists, or simply socialise and network with like-minded people.

Our speakers are experts in their field, and bring you evidence-based information acquired through robust scientific research and/or practical applications of science in the field.

Next event

Date: Wednesday 31 July 2019

Speaker: Dr Javier Leon, ‘the Surfing Scientist’, University of the Sunshine Coast. Dr Leon coordinates The Geography of Surfing course at USC, part of the Bachelor of Environmental Science and the only course of its kind in Australia. Students learn about the science of surfing, including wave characteristics, and learn the art of surfing from legends such as Phil Jarratt and Tom Wegener. Chief Investigator for the USC research study “Who surfs at Noosa and what keeps them coming”, Dr. Leon is also on the stewardship committee of the Noosa World Surfing Reserve, having brought the scientific evidence to support the application.

Topic: Who surfs at Noosa and what keeps them coming?

What makes Noosa a unique place to surf?

How do you measure the quality of a wave?

How will the changing climate affect wave quality?

How we can preserve the Noosa surfing experience for locals and tourists into the future?

These are some of the questions that Dr Leon will cover in his talk about the science of surfing and its economic and environmental value to the Noosa community.

Time: 6.15pm to 7.30pm (come early – Happy Hour is 4pm to 6pm)
Where: Land and Sea Brewery, 19 Ventura Drive, Noosaville

A $5 contribution is welcome as the Noosa Parks Association is a volunteer organisation. All money collected goes towards the purchase of land to create national parks to protect our biodiversity.

Food will be available for purchase.

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5 Wallace Dr, Noosaville, 4566

Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre

NPA Environment Centre

The Noosa Parks Association is the oldest (1961) and largest (over 700 members) volunteer environmental organisation, certainly in QLD.

EnviroForum is our latest initiative aimed at reaching
out to a new audience in the Noosa community who are looking to be educated, motivated and become active in important environmental matters that affect not just Noosa but national and globally.

We chose Land and Sea Brewery to be our event partners for a couple of reasons:

  • they have good environmental values in how they want to run their business and their role in the community
  • the set-up is professional, buzzy and projects the image we week for EnviroForum.

We choose our speakers carefully. They must have a great reputation, be it in academic circles or other professional institutions. They must be passionate about their research and use it to educate and influence community thinking on environmental matters. Speakers must be able to engage with the audience and both inspire thought as well as create healthy
debate and discourse.

EnviroForums will be held in the events room at Land and Sea Brewery on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except December, with the guest speaker on from 6.15pm to 7.30pm including Q&A.

Land and Sea have a great menu and fantastic range of craft beer so we encourage people to socialise and network with like-minded people both beforehand and afterwards.

Entrance to the event room is $5 per head. All this money goes towards the purchase of land for safe refuges for our biodiversity, including koalas. The Noosa Parks Association contributed towards the purchase of 1800 hectares of forest in the recent Ringtail-Yurol agreement between State of QLD,
Noosa Council, Noosa Parks Association and Hancock Plantations QLD. Your donation goes fully towards this payment.

We also encourage you to become a member. There are a number of activities and volunteering that might interest you, but again your membership goes towards the purchase of land for national parks. Our strategy is to link together Noosa, Tewantin and Cooloola national parks to provided biodiversity corridors of safety and refuge in the face of negative human interventions and global climate change.


  • student membership is $5 for 2019 then $25 next year (under 30 with a student ID)
  • single memberships are $33 per year
  • family memberships are $55 per year.