Green minds nut out a conservation future
  • Saturday 20 June 2009

Sunshine Coast Council and conservation volunteers from across the region will meet to establish the way forward in environmental conservation at Lake Kawana Community Centre, 20 June.

Environment portfolio Cr Jones said that the forum is an opportunity to acknowledge the phenomenal contribution conservation volunteers make to the region.

“The group will discuss environmental issues facing the Coast and establish solutions,” Cr Jones said.

“To achieve successful conservation on the Coast, we need to be proactive and look further than the issues facing us today. We need to make decisions now to look after our future.

“The forum will feature interactive panel discussions, displays and keynote speakers and touch on everything from fauna forensics, riparian rehabilitation to turtle conservation and weed management,” Cr Jones said.

Michael Gilles, Natural Areas Officer for the Sunshine Coast Council said that feedback from volunteers is essential to establishing a way forward.

“These people are out there every day, protecting and managing bush on private and public land and their information and contributions to the environment are priceless,” Mr Gilles said.

“In the Land for Wildlife program alone we have nearly 1000 properties registered. Volunteers collectively manager over 6700 hectares of private bushland. If it wasn’t for these dedicated individuals this bushland could be lost entirely.

“There are many opportunities for community action for those that wish to be involved. Council is expanding its community partnership program to enhance and rehabilitate Sunshine Coast bushland,” Mr Gilles said.