2015 Conservation Forum to share stories to inspire
  • Thursday 13 August 2015
Bells Creek

What do fungi, Genghis Khan and koalas have in common? Each form the basis of a story which will be shared at the 2015 Sunshine Coast Conservation Forum on Saturday (August 15) to inspire the region’s environmental volunteers.

Hosted by Council, in partnership with SEQ Catchments & Macadamia Conservation Trust, the biennial Conservation Forum brings volunteers and members of Council’s environmental programs together to share information and strengthen partnerships for the good of the environment.

It will be officially opened by Mayor Mark Jamieson who said Council deeply valued its partnership with the community.

“In the last financial year, Council invested $2.65m into environmental community partnerships,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The return on this investment was a massive 692 per cent.

“That is huge—and Council wants to inspire our hundreds of dedicated environmental volunteers to continue this great work across the region.

“This year’s forum theme is based around storytelling and how story can be used to engage and inspire people into action.”

The main keynote speaker, Tim Cope, will share his inspirational story—“On the Trail of Genghis Khan”— about his threeyear journey on horseback through Mongolia to Hungary. It tells how through resilience and determination, and with the strength of community and others by your side, you can achieve great things.

With nine speakers scheduled, other interesting stories will include one from Frances Guard who will share her story of discovery about the fascinating fungi and A/Professor Adam Polkinghorne, who will share his journey and learnings about fighting disease in koalas.

Environment Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the forum was funded by the Environment Levy as a thank-you to the volunteers/members.

“In its recently released Social Strategy, Council set a target of lifting the region’s number of volunteers from one in five of our population to one in four,” Cr McKay said.

“Council has about 700 active volunteers helping to manage its bushland reserves across the region, approximately 900 private properties registered in the Land for Wildlife program and about 1000 hectares protected through Voluntary Conservation Covenants.

“These volunteers belong to programs such as Community Nature Conservation Program volunteers, Land for Wildlife landholders, Turtlecare volunteers and our visitor/education centre volunteers.

“The Conservation Forum will be an inspiring day and a great way to highlight and acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our volunteers in protecting the region’s environmental assets.”

To get involved in conservation volunteering, head to Council’s website for details.