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Craft beer and cool science – a potent brew

EnviroForum is our monthly science-meets-beer event where you can sip a coldie while becoming informed about environmental issues affecting your community, Australia and the world.

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.

Next event

Date: 27 November 2019

koalas

Speaker: Dr. Celine Frere

Topic: Securing the future of wild koalas in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Time: 6.15pm to 7.30pm (come early- Happy Hour is 4pm to 6pm)

Where: Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville

A $5 contribution per person (kids under 15 are free) is welcome. All monies collected goes towards the good work of the Noosa Parks Association, including the purchase of land to create national parks to create biodiversity corridors, especially for koalas.

The event

 

EnviroForum is proud to invite you to a very timely and important event which will bring you up to date with the latest scientific research on our most cryptic yet beloved animals; koalas:

  • Where are they?
  • How genetically healthy are they?
  • How are they connected across the landscape?
  • Will new technologies and innovative advances lead us to successful outcomes for them?

Dr. Celine Frere is a Senior Research Fellow and Team Leader of the Global Change Ecology Group at University of Sunshine Coast. She is an empirical biologist with specialist expertise in animal behaviour, behavioural ecology and genetics

The USC team under Celine have been the central scientific player in a major local project “A Key Study on the Distribution and Health of Koalas in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve”     

As Celine says “I will give a global/local presentation on how recent technological innovations in genetics and detection have allowed scientists to collect unprecedented data about our koalas, revolutionising our ability to understand them and thus our ability to better protect them.”

“At Noosa National Park information hut, the number one question asked by visitors, particularly those from overseas is always, “Where are the koalas?” Now, thanks to the great scientific work of Celine and her team, we are in a better position to answer this question, and others, for koalas across our Shire.” says Brian Young of Noosa Parks Association’s EnviroForum.

Come along to learn, participate and meet like-minded people in a great atmosphere.

 

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About Enviroforum

EnviroForum is held in the events room at Land & Sea Brewery on the 4th Wednesday of each month, except December.

The guest speaker is on from 6.15pm to 7.30pm, including time for Q&A.

With EnviroForum, we are reaching out to people in the Noosa community who are looking to be educated, motivated and active in important environmental matters that affect not just Noosa but Australia and the world.

Our speakers

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.

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.

Why we chose to partner with a brewery

We chose Land & Sea Brewery to be our event partner because:

  • they have good environmental values in how they want to run their business and their role in the community
  • their set-up is professional, buzzy and projects the image we want for EnviroForum
  • they have great food and a fantastic range of craft beer, so you can socialise and network with like-minded people before and after the event.

Where your $5 entry fee goes

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.

Our strategy is to link together Noosa, Tewantin and Cooloola national parks to provide biodiversity corridors of safety and refuge in the face of negative human interventions and global climate change.

Most recently, we have committed to paying one third of the cost of purchasing 2400 hectares of mainly exotic plantation forest from HQPlantations, transforming it into a corridor of koala-friendly national park, and linking and extending the Tewantin National Park with the Cooloola Great Sandy National Park. Noosa Council and the Queensland Government will contribute the other two thirds of this $3.5 million project.

Your donation goes fully towards our payments, which will see this large tract of land become national park.

Become a member for as little as $5

We encourage you to become a member of Noosa Parks Association. We offer outdoor activities and opportunities to volunteer, and your membership goes towards the purchase of land for national parks.

  • 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.
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