The Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future, is an exciting three-day physical / online event being held from 16 to 18 February 2020, at the University of the Sunshine Coast, to review what we know about the unique Pumicestone Passage and its richly diverse catchment, and how we can work together to conserve and restore this special area.
The event is being organised by a community, research, industry, and government collaboration which will bring together wisdom, knowledge, and know-how, galvanising interest and energy for a healthy future for the Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.
A decade after the last Pumicestone conference in 2011, this timely review will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the Protection of International Wetlands in 1971 by highlighting the outstanding ecological values of the Pumicestone Passage as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.
Update 21 February 2021
BIEPA members participated in this Conference, with President Diane Oxenford making a presentation on “Influencing Bribie Island’s Future with Citizen Science”, which covered issues such as:
* BIEPA’s successful court battle in 1998 to prevent an area being rezoned for canal development
* the history of BIEPA’s long time involvement in Dune Planting and Restoration
* our active contribution towards long term marine turtle research and protection,
* carrying out Water Monitoring in freshwater and estuarine locations,
* collecting Marine Debris in out of the way locations in the Passage and Ningi Creek
* participation in the Cane Toad Challenge under the auspices of the University of Queensland
The range and quality of the 50 plus speakers at this important event were impressive and BIEPA congratulates Healthy Land and Water, Take Action for Pumicestone Passage (TAPP), the entire organising team, and the sponsors for bringing them together and making the event run so smoothly.
The third day “Knowledge Informing Action” included a resume of the presentations and discussions over the first two days and a round-table workshop of presenters and attendees within and across sectors.
Outcomes from the Convergence will help establish priorities for the next Pumicestone Passage Action Plan, for the 2021-24 period.
They will also inform the review of the South East Queensland Natural Resource Management Plan, presently being undertaken by Healthy Land and Water and supported by funding from the Australian and Queensland Governments.
Presentations at the Convergence were recorded and will be made available online in the near future.