The Noosa Parks EnviroForum is a new initiative of the Noosa Parks Association to enable the continued education of the community in leading environmental global research and it’s implications on a national, state and local level.
The EnviroForum is held monthly on the 4th Wednesday evening of the month at the NPA Environment Centre in Wallace Park at 1/5 Wallace Drive, Noosaville. See Map below.
The EnviroForum begins at 5:30 p.m. with live music, drinks, delicious nibblies and a chance to socialise with like-minded people.
At 6:15 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. Single memberships are $33 per year and application forms can be downloaded by clicking here – Membership information
The Next Noosa Parks EnviroForum
Please Note: Due to the 4th Wednesday of April being between Easter and Anzac Day, the date has been changed:
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker -Dr Simon Walker BSc (Hon) PhD
“What Constitutes a Healthy River? Rebuilding the Biodiversity of the Noosa River System.”
Dr Simon Walker is the Director and Principal Ecologist at Ecological Service Professionals. He is a marine ecologist with an extensive knowledge and understanding of coastal ecosystems and issues affecting their management. He has worked on projects that have been pivotal in assessing environmental impact and management of coastal developments throughout Asia and the South Pacific.
Simon has been involved in all aspects of the “Bring Back the Fish” project in the Noosa River since inception. He is an advisor to Noosa Council, the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation and the Noosa Parks Association.
At the Noosa Parks EnviroForum meeting on Tuesday 30th April, we will investigate what healthy estuaries look like and the current status of the Noosa River system in the context of what is known elsewhere. We will also examine what the future might look like under a couple of scenarios.
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.
Come along to hear how the scientific research and experience can enhance marine diversity to increase fish recruitment and improve the resilience and health of the Noosa estuary system.
When: Tuesday 30th April 2019
Where: Noosa Parks Environmental 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
6.15pm- Program with guest presenter Dr Simon Walker
Cost: $5 contribution
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 May 22nd, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.- Dr Javier Leon, Senior Lecturer of Physical Geography and Coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Science program at the University of the Sunshine Coast
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5 Wallace Dr, Noosaville, 4566
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