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Projects

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 {the UN Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; the UN Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species (birds and marine turtles) and the UN Single Species Action Plan for the Loggerhead Turtle in the South Pacific Ocean} and National Parks and Moreton Bay Marine Park status.

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We welcome new members. Join us to participate in activities and help us protect the beautiful
Bribie Island environment.

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As a not-for-profit organisation we welcome donations or legacies however large or small.
We have much work to do!

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Recent and upcoming environment-related events. Check this page to keep up with what is cominng up and how past events have gone.

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Monthly General Meetings Jan-Nov, on the 4th Monday at 7pm in the ANZAC Room, Bribie Island RSL, 99 Toorbul Street, Bongaree.

Marine Debris

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The project helps to maintain a healthy waterway in Pumicestone Passage, which is protected under the Ramsar International Agreement signed by the Australian government.

The Marine Debris Collection programme is undertaken in planned stages along 18.5km of coastline on the southern end Pumicestone Passage. Volunteers collect rubbish along the beaches and some BIEPA members access more remote areas of the shoreline and creek mouths by boat. All material collected is weighed, sorted, recycled if possible, and the remainder disposed of appropriately. The data obtained (detailed by category and amount) is entered into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database which is maintained by the Tangaroa Blue Foundation, an Australian not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris.

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2022
 
During the last 6 months of 2021 (10 days of “in field” collection):

     

  • 8 km of accessible shoreline in Pumicestone Passage South was cleaned
  • A total of 226 kg of rubbish collected – an average of 28 kg per km.
  • In all, 3,134 items were collected
  • The top 3 by number were plastic remnants, fishing items and foam plastic items

 
All items are entered on Data Collection Sheets for the Tangaroa Blue Data Base.

See two collection sheets here and here with some relevant photos below.
09.07.2021 – Turner’s Camp - towel discarded in mangroves
06.07.21 Turner's Camp, refrigerator (heavy and difficult to remove for disposal) & foam mattress
24.09.21 Gallagher Point – part of collection

This Project is now continuing into 2022.
 
The most recent collection was on 14.02.22 when two other BIEPA members joined the main collector to cover an area adjacent to White Patch Esplanade.
 
The Data Collection Sheet is here, and the photo shows some of the items retrieved.

The Progress Map showing dates and locations of collection (July 2021 – June 2022) is here.

The Project has been running since 2017 and has received grant funding from the Queensland Department of Environment and Science Community Sustainability Action Grants Program (the current source of funding), and also the Australian Federal Government Communities Environment Program, Healthy Land & Water and Sea World Research.

Postal Address

P.O. Box 350
Bribie Island, Qld, 4507, Australia

Phone

07 3410 0757

Contact Form

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.