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June 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

Students dig in for Little Italy Restoration Project Students dig in for Little Italy Restoration Project

28-Jul-2014

Students dig in for Little Italy Restoration Project

Students from Unity College at Bellvista have done their bit for the environment by planting hundreds of seedlings at Caloundra South’s first community-led rehabilitation project. Read more… 

Kids get stuck in to plant trees and keep our water clean Kids get stuck in to plant trees and keep our water clean

02-Jun-2014

Kids get stuck in to plant trees and keep our water clean

Over 50 students from Dayboro Primary School helped plant over 300 trees near North Pine Dam, contributing to a total of more than 16,000 native trees over an area the size of Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens.
Read more… 

$2,000 research bursary in river restoration awarded to Griffith University student $2,000 research bursary in river restoration awarded to Griffith University student

05-Jun-2014

$2,000 research bursary in river restoration awarded to Griffith University student

This year SEQ Catchments has awarded a $2,000 research bursary in river restoration to Amanda Neilen from Griffith University, for her project which focuses on the Lake Baroon reservoir in Maleny. Read more… 

Landholders welcomed to explore Land for Wildlife properties Landholders welcomed to explore Land for Wildlife properties

03-Jun-2014

Landholders welcomed to explore Land for Wildlife properties

During the month of May, a variety of Land for Wildlife properties across the region opened up their gates to other Land for Wildlife members in order to share knowledge, experiences and celebrate this vibrant, voluntary conservation program.
Read more… 

Pumicestone community come together to share catchment stories Pumicestone community come together to share catchment stories

03-Jun-2014

Pumicestone community come together to share catchment stories

Early last month, people from all walks of life from the Pumicestone catchment came together to share rich and colourful catchment management stories, from Aboriginal times through to the present, at Beerwah.
Read more… 

Straddie’s sea country a focus for Traditional Owners Straddie’s sea country a focus for Traditional Owners

28-May-2014

Straddie’s sea country a focus for Traditional Owners

The Traditional Owners on Straddie, the Quandamooka people, are leading the way in managing Straddie’s delicate mangroves and reefs. Read more… 

Waterway restoration underway across SEQ Waterway restoration underway across SEQ

29-May-2014

Waterway restoration underway across SEQ

Six waterways across South East Queensland will see improved catchment management. Waterways include restoration of a canal,the Brisbane river and local creeks, improving water quality and local ecosystems, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government. Read more… 

We make Annual Reporting interesting We make Annual Reporting interesting

03-Jun-2014

We make Annual Reporting interesting

As the 2013/14 financial year ends, we’d like to hear your suggestions on how we can make our Annual Report more useful to you.
Read more… 


Other NRM news

Healthy Waterways Awards finalists announced

Support the Healthy Waterways Awards finalist that you believe is the most outstanding by voting now in the People’s Choice Award. Voting closes 5pm Monday 9th June. SEQ Catchments is a finalist in the Rural and Agricultural Award category for its work helping farmers to recover from the impacts of the January 2013 floods in the Laidley Valley. Read more…

Special 25th anniversary Landcare grants open

Special 25th anniversary Landcare grant grants of up to $1000 up for grabs. Close 13th June Landcare Queensland. Read more…

Government update

New offset legislation delivers for Queensland's environment

Queensland’s environment will be the big winner after the new Environmental Offsets Bill was passed in parliament fulfilling another election commitment by the Newman Government. Read more…

Strong Plan delivering great results for Queensland environment

The Queensland Government is continuing its strong commitment to protecting the state’s environment through the 2014-15 State Budget. Read more…

Water pilot project improves environment and eases cost of living pressure

In April the Queensland Government released the ‘voluntary market-based mechanism for nutrient management’ guidelines during a visit to the Logan River in Beaudesert. 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. 

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