History and Achievements
The Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc (BIEPA) began 35 years ago, as a group of Bribie Island residents interested in celebrating and conserving the Island’s unique natural assets and lifestyle. BIEPA is a self-funded community volunteer group, which is non-sectarian; apolitical; not-for-profit; and includes members from all walks of life, who value and care for Bribie Island and its natural environment.
History and Achievements
BIEPA has achieved much in its 40 plus year history. The Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc (BIEPA) began in 1978 as a group of Bribie Island residents interested in celebrating and conserving the Island’s unique natural assets and lifestyle.
BIEPA is non-sectarian, apolitical and not-for-profit. It includes members from all walks of life, who value and care for Bribie Island and its natural environment. BIEPA holds meetings in the ANZAC Room at the Bribie Island RSL at 7pm, 4th Monday of the month.
BIEPA supports and is supported by other environmental groups.
BIEPA has become a highly respected organization on Bribie Island for its volunteer work in conservation, education, and collaboration with the Bribie Island community and government at all levels.
BIEPA is a self-funded community volunteer group engaged in a wide range of activities that promote Bribie Island and the Pumicestone Passage Catchment as a Sanctuary where fauna and flora are protected under International conservation treaties signed by the Australian Federal Government including: the UN Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (birds and marine turtles); the UN Single Species Action Plan for the Loggerhead Turtle in the South Pacific Ocean.
The Island has huge tracts of National Park, the Bay and Passage are within Moreton Bay Marine Park.
Over the years, BIEPA has engaged in a wide range of activities and initiated or supported several campaigns and projects to protect the area’s natural assets.
The following are some of the major ones:
BIEPA spawned and continues to support groups such as the Wallum Action Group (community native plant nursery) and Wildlife Rescue Queensland (formerly Bribie & District Wildlife Rescue).
BIEPA has, for many years, been hosting an annual Wonders of the Wallum Wildflower Walk as part of the annual Sunshine Coast Spring Wildflower Festival.
BIEPA donates annual environmental Awards to the three schools on Bribie Island as well as mentoring students with environmental projects.
BIEPA has harnessed its membership to volunteer and join in Caring for Our Country grant projects such as:
The Woorim Beach Dune Stabilization Project managed by Friends of Woorim (FoW).
BIEPA volunteers participated in propagating and planting endemic dune plants.
BIEPA member, Ian Bell, also collaborated with FoW president, David Percival, in the innovative design of the dune fencing that has been recognized beyond the Project with invitations to present at National Coastal Conferences and Growing Beaches forums.
BIEPA monitored the Wallum (or acid) frogs, a research project that was funded during the 2008 "Caring for Our Country Coastcare" grants program, in collaboration with the former Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) and University of Queensland.
BIEPA members over many years, recorded information on Bribie’s resident and migratory birds and marine turtles, part of the Department of Environment’s long term scientific research database.
A small but enthusiastic group of Turtle Trackers patrol the beach at dawn during nesting season.
BIEPA members have carried out monitoring of designated freshwater sites over extended periods. This activity and data recording has recently been reinstated.
BIEPA has published three books on Bribie Island’s birds and wildflowers.
BIEPA publicises and celebrates annual Environment days, such as: World Wetland Day; National Tree Day, World Environment Day.
BIEPA has participated in and supported campaigns such as:
- The Brisbane March to raise awareness of Climate Change (2015)
- “Cash for Containers” (2016)
- The Cane Toad Challenge – BIEPA was one of the first community groups to join the University of Queensland’s initiative and this activity is ongoing.
- The March for the Pelicans (2019)
BIEPA successfully lobbied for increased and more striking signage to reduce the number of wildlife strikes on the Island’s roads and campaigned for a reduction in the off-leash areas for dogs on Red Beach.
BIEPA continues to urge Government to implement a Tree and Vegetation Protection and Maintenance Policy and to replant, rehabilitate and grow the Island’s protective coastal dunes to help prevent erosion.
BIEPA continues to lobby State Government to stop the unsustainable, destructive impacts of 4WD and jet ski recreational activities on Bribie Island’s fragile natural environment, biodiversity, residential communities and passive recreational activities.
BIEPA, together with many in the Bribie Island community, is calling for the Government to significantly limit the numbers of 4WD permits issued, and to address the disturbance created by jet skis, in order to achieve environmental and legislative compliance on Bribie’s internationally protected beaches and in the surrounding waters of Pumicestone Passage and Moreton Bay.
Other Notable BIEPA Achievements
Proposed pulp and paper mill – opposed and stopped.
Campaign against proposed coal port and railway from inland mines.
Buckley’s Hole saved from becoming a marina – now a Ramsar protected wetland.
BIEPA successful in Environment & Planning Court challenge to stop canal development on Lots 402/403 opposite the Aquatic Centre – now National Park bounded by Cotterill Ave, Goodwin Drive and First Ave.
BIEPA successfully lobbied to stop fish farming in Moreton Bay.
BIEPA’s vigilance and action changed inappropriate storage and handling of toxic Lyngbya algae in Buckley’s Hole Ramsar area.
BIEPA lobbying of Commonwealth was successful in influencing the reduction of water extraction from the proposed Banksia Beach borefields on Bribie from 10ml/day to 4ml/day. In 2014 the Banksia Beach borefields were mothballed. It is estimated that this ill-fated project cost $70 million.
Illegal pollution of Pumicestone Passage by a unit development on Welsby Pde was brought to the attention of the print and television media and environmental protection authorities. This resulted in fines being issued to the developer.
BIEPA members campaigned and stopped a massive $2 billion desalination plant proposed by both major political parties on Bribie Island.
BIEPA hosted the 2013 National Parks Association of Qld annual event to celebrate the establishment of the first National Park in Qld in 1908.
As a not-for-profit-organisation, run by volunteers,
we welcome any and all donations that will keep
our many projects going.
P.O. Box 350
Bribie Island, Qld, 4507, Australia
07 3410 0757
Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association Inc
BIEPA is an active group of people, from many different trades and professions and of various political persuasions, who have at least one thing in common – they care for the environment of Bribie Island and the surrounding area.
Direct Bank Deposit Details for Tax Deductible Donations:
BIEPA Inc Public Environment Fund, Bank of Queensland
BSB Number: 124 390
Account Number: 22671143
Direct Bank Deposit Details for other payments:
Bank of Queensland, BIEPA General Account
BSB: 124 390
Account no: 22657983, with your surname as the reference.