Storytelling at the Conservation Forum
  • Last updated:
  • 18 Jun 2019

On Saturday 15 August, 200 council conservation volunteers, Land for Wildlife landholders and community partners congregated at the Lake Kawana Community Centre to hear stories from nine speakers.

Storytelling was the theme of the day and the stories shared both from the speakers and through the networking opportunities in the breaks didn’t disappoint, leaving everyone either informed, uplifted, inspired or all of the above.

The day started with Mayor Mark Jamieson welcoming everyone to the Forum, thanking our volunteers and landholders for their efforts and determination to make a difference to the environment. He provided the audience with a snapshot of our environment program statistics; these statistics are very impressive, and are shared for those that were not present on the day.

Community Nature Conservation Program

An environmental stewardship program, involving community volunteers in the conservation and restoration of council’s natural area reserves.In the 2014/15 financial year:

  • 40 community groups
  • 370 active volunteers
  • 88,000 volunteer hours, valued at over $2.6M
  • about 158 ha of land under restoration by volunteers.

Conservation Partnerships Program

Working with private landowners to deliver Land for Wildlife (LFW) and Voluntary Conservation Agreements (VCA). In the 2014/15 financial year:

  • the council region had (and still has) the largest LFW membership of any council in Queensland
  • 866 LFW properties
  • 74 new LFW properties registered, covering 851 ha
  • 16,600 tube stock provided to 59 landholders,110 nest boxes installed on 22 properties and 20 members received herbicide for weed control on their properties.
  • 66 VCAs with 1056 ha of private land now protected under the program
  • 8 new VCA properties signed up, covering 143 ha.

Turtle Care Program

A volunteer program protecting marine turtles on Sunshine Coast beaches. Volunteers identify and record species, nesting locations and frequency, protect nests from fox predation and monitor hatchings and emergence success of nests. In the 2014/15 financial year:

  • 8 beach groups, with 129 active volunteers.

Environmental Visitor Education Centres

(Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Maroochy Wetlands and the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden) Council’s environmental education centres support a range of community volunteer opportunities that complement council’s management of the sites. These provide for horticultural maintenance, landscaping, development, guided walks, education programs, visitor information, planting projects and support the management of the sites. In the 2014/15 financial year:

  • 160 active volunteers across the 3 sites.