The Noosa Parks EnviroForum is a new evening initiative of the Noosa Parks Association which will enable continued education of the local community in leading global environmental research and its implications on the environment at a national, state and local level.
The EnviroForum will be held at the NPA Environment Centre, once a month, usually on the fourth Wednesday of the month but this is flexible, depending on the availability of the speaker.
The EnviroForum begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music, drinks, delicious nibblies and a chance to socialise with like-minded people.
At 6:00 p.m. the program starts with an interesting talk about the environment by a researcher or expert in their field. Topics have strong scientific and research basis and focus on environmental issues that face our community now and in the future. Speakers represent current global and local research with local implication with topics that are relevant to both Noosa, the Sunshine Coast, and the world on a larger scale- a range of diverse topics from the state of our koala habitats, to the realities of our waterways, to the importance of sea cucumbers!
The evening will conclude with a brief question and discussion time.
The Noosa Parks Association is an organisation of volunteers who give their time to advocate for important local issues of the environment for the good of the whole community. We encourage you to come along and join.
As the EnviroForum is self-funded and run by volunteers, a $5 contribution would be welcome. Tertiary student membership is $5 for 2019 then $25 next year. Single memberships are $33 per year, family memberships are $55 and application forms can be downloaded by clicking here – Membership information
The Next Noosa Parks EnviroForum
Friday, June 7th, 2019 @ 5:30 pm
Guest Speaker -Dr Chris Gillies
More than a Drop: large-scale marine conservation success stories from around the world
It is with great excitement that we welcome world-renown Dr Chris Gillies, Marine Manager for The Nature Conservancy Australia, to our June EnviroForum.
Chris Gillies has worked across the science and conservation sectors of aquatic and terrestrial environments but the ocean is his true passion. He was formerly the Director of Science at Earthwatch Australia where he managed the portfolio of expedition and citizen science. He has served as an invertebrate ecologist for both state and federal government environmental agencies. Chris’s doctoral research focused on Antarctic shallow-water marine food webs involving three expeditions to the Antarctic. His later research includes coastal climate change, impacts of marine debris and shellfish reef ecology.
As Oceans Program Lead for The Nature Conservancy Australia, the world’s leading conservation organisation, Chris will present several stories of how The Conservancy and partners are delivering successful large-scale marine conservation projects across the Pacific, Americas and Australia. He will provide an overview of innovative finance, marine protection, restoration and fisheries management conservation and will inspire you to support and get active in marine conservation.
In caring for our marine environment, it is important that we know, understand and support the successful conservation efforts which are being carried out locally and globally. Join us in a friendly sociable atmosphere to learn from an incredible scientist.
When: Friday June 7th 2019
Where: Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park, Noosaville
Time: 5.30pm – Live music, drinks, finger food and an opportunity to meet the guest speaker and socialise with other attendees
6.00pm- Program with guest presenter Dr Chris Gillies
Cost: $5 contribution to costs and refreshments
Wednesday May 22nd 2019 Guest Speaker -Dr Javier Leon
Noosa’s Surfing Culture: Managing its Future and Contribution to the Environment
Dr Javier Leon of the University of the Sunshine Coast, discussed the background and history of surfing in Noosa and how it became a World Surfing Reserve. Javier described the physical setting and uniqueness of waves in Noosa, giving a quick snapshot of surfing culture. He explained “surfonomics” and its influence on Noosa. He believes that the status of World Surfing Reserve will help preserve surfing capital but Noosa obtaining World Heritage and Marine Park status would ensure preservation, therefore emphasising the importance of NPA’s continual work.
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
Guest Speaker-Dr Simon Walker BSc (Hon) PhD
“What Constitutes a Healthy River? Rebuilding the Biodiversity of the Noosa River System.”
At this forum, Dr Walker discussed what healthy estuaries look like and the current status of the Noosa River system in the context of what is known of the past. He introduced the alarming results of a comparison of the diversity of the Noosa river system from 1998 to 2018 as reported by Skilleter, Moffet and Loneragan (2019). He rallied the audience to support the efforts of the NPA, the Noosa Council and other environmental groups in the “Bring Back the Fish” project. Much of the work underpinning the science behind this project has been completed by teams from the University of Queensland, The Nature Conservancy and the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Wednesday March 27th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
Global Change Ecology Group and Koala Forever Noosa Project
Duncan Hogg of the Noosa Parks Association introduced Katrin from the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Global Change Ecology Group and provided an overview of the Project “Koala Forever Noosa”, a partnership between the NPA and the USC.
Katrin Hohwieler- Protecting Our Koalas Forever – Genetic Research and Detection Dogs.
Katrin described the exciting Detection Dogs for Conservation Program, from the use of the dogs to the achievements so far and bought along Maya and Baxter (dogs) as well as Romane and others from her team. She presented her personal koala-related projects including the anthropogenic threats for koalas in South-east Queensland, degradation of genetic diversity with fragmentation of habitat and the genetic connectivity of koalas. Katrin talked about the aims of the exciting Noosa Koala Project that she is involved in and the achievements to date.
Photos from the March EnviroForum
Wednesday 27th Feb- Adrian the Aussie Adventurer- a polar force on global warming
Dr Adrian McCallum is probably the most adventurous academic/explorer you’ll ever meet. A helicopter navigator, meteorologist and civil engineer, Dr McCallum has led or participated in adventurous scientific expeditions around the globe, to far-flung locations including Svalbard, Greenland, across the Arctic and Antarctica, to the Himalaya and the ice caps of Patagonia.
Dr Adrian McCallum Photo by Martin Hartley
Adrian has led a wonderful life of adventure and exploration around the globe and is an expert in remote area science and engineering. At Noosa Parks EnviroForum, he outlined his adventures in cold climates, explaining the scientific evidence and impact of global climate change.
Our EnviroForum Launch
Upcoming Noosa Parks EnviroForums:
Wednesday June 26th @ 5:30 for 6:15
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