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February 2014

Dear readers,

This edition brings you a wide array of colourful stories from across the SEQ region.

Have a read of catchment management stories across the Pumicestone, a snapshot of Straddie’s Traditional Owners looking after sea country, a wrap of the Land for Wildlife open property visits and school planting and waterway restoration stories.  

Give us your feedback to the Natural Resource Management Plan this month and you could win a one night stay at Spicers Hidden Vale by sharing your short story and photo with us. Take some time to explore the great entries so far!

We’d also love to hear your suggestions on how we can make the next Annual Report more useful to you, so feel free to get in touch.

Happy reading and enjoy the long weekend!

Warmest wishes,

The SEQ Catchments team

SEQ Catchments News

Beetle in shining armour Beetle in shining armour


Beetle in shining armour

Hopes are high that a new beetle will save the day, and control one of Australia’s most suffocating weeds, cat’s claw creeper. Read more… 

Land for Wildlife is good for your health! Land for Wildlife is good for your health!


Land for Wildlife is good for your health!

A recent survey of Land for Wildlife members has shown that participating in this conservation program is good for your physical health and helps build a sense of community. Read more… 

Have your say in looking after our natural assets Have your say in looking after our natural assets


Have your say in looking after our natural assets

You can have your say on the update of the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan at upcoming community forums across the region.
Read more… 

Coochiemudlo Island – half a century in the blink of an eye! Coochiemudlo Island – half a century in the blink of an eye!


Coochiemudlo Island – half a century in the blink of an eye!

Coochiemudlo Island boasts the closest natural golden sand beach to Brisbane and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. Read more… 

Iconic tree species under threat from spreading bug Iconic tree species under threat from spreading bug


Iconic tree species under threat from spreading bug

Over 120 landowners on North Stradbroke Island have responded to the call to save Stradbroke Island’s Pandanus trees from a moth like bug commonly known as the Pandanus Planthopper. Read more… 

Taro control trial underway Taro control trial underway


Taro control trial underway

A trial is underway on the Sunshine Coast to manage an outbreak of an emerging weed known as Taro promising to clog up our waterways.
Read more… 

Other NRM news

Congratulations to West Moreton Landcare

SEQ Catchments would like to extend their congratulations to members of West Moreton Landcare that were awarded the City of Ipswich Medallions during the annual Australia Day Awards. Read more…

Cupid’s arrow set to hit Brisbane beach reserve

Love is in the air….or rather in the dirt. And cupid’s arrows are set to strike right here in Brisbane at its first ever speed planting event. Read more…

New Landcare group launches on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast has welcomed its newest Landcare Group, Burleigh to Surfers Landcare, which recently launched at Miami. Read more…

Pet Owners urged to help Straddie heal

Recovery is underway following the fires on North Stradbroke Island and pet owners are encouraged to keep their pets from roaming freely in order to give the local wildlife a chance to recover. (Link expired) Read more…

Government update

Firefighters thanked for their work on Stradbroke

Acting Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister John McVeigh has extended his thanks to the urban, auxiliary and volunteer firefighters who put their lives on the line to fight the bushfire on Stradbroke Island. Read more…

Green paper: Taking strong action to cut emissions without a carbon tax

In December, the Government has released the Emissions Reduction Fund Green Paper, setting out a cost-effective, practical and simple approach to reduce our national emissions without a multi-billion dollar carbon tax. Read more…

Upcoming Events

International River Symposium, 15-18 September, National Convention Centre, Canberra.

Logan Eco-Action Festival, Sunday 8th June 2014, 10am - 3pm, Griffith University, Logan Campus, University Drive, Meadowbrook. Click here for more information.

Ecoflicks short film festival presentation, Sunday 8th June, University of Sunshine Coast. Click here for more information. 

RegenAg's community film nights. Inspiring night of short films that document RegenAg's recent study tour that saw 17 Aussie farmers travel to 12 farms across Latin America. Screening at various location across SEQ in June (Dates for Gatton, Ipswich and Nambour confirmed.) Other locations in SEQ TBC. Please visit our events calendar.

World Environment Day Festival, June 8th, University of Sunshine Coast. 

Carbon farming in horticulture, Weds 11 June 9am - 12pm, Gatton Research Station, Warrego Hwy, Gatton. Click here for more information

Healthy Waterway Awards Gala Dinner, Friday 20th June, Presidential Ballroom - Pullman Hotel, King George Square, 6:00pm - 10:30pm, tickets $135 per person. Click here for more information.

Hunchy Landslip Talk and Walk, Saturday 21st June 1- 4pm, Old Hunchy School, Hunchy School Rd. For more information please contact Susie Chapman, schapman@seqcatchments.com.au, 0400 910 682.

Peak to points festival, 19 July - 3rd August, various areas across Brisbane. 

7th Australian Stream Management conference, 28 - 30 July 2014, Townsville. Click here for more information.

Climate Adaptation Conference, 30 September - 2 October, Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. Click here for more information.