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Royal Society Member Ron Turner has produced a delightful e-book on the lighthouses of Australia. 18 lighthouses in Queensland are featured, each with an impressive photograph and a page of notes. The compilation will be an excellent companion for anyone visiting one of structures, each one a masterpiece of innovation.

It can be found at  www.esplash.me    Scroll down to the Featured Publications section where this eBook can be found together with articles relating to the authors’ sojourns at two Queensland lighthouses in recent years (Living at a Lighthouse) even a ‘History of Fraser NP’ and several other articles about that park.

Source: ABC Triple J Hack Program, THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019 3:47PM

Author: James Purtill

“Going local: Involving landholders more in bushfire strategy: All the experts agree the current shouting match over bushfire mitigation strategies is far too simplistic and unhelpfully lumps together many different types of fire ecology. What works in a savannah grassland won’t necessarily work in a temperate forest. Continue reading

Algal blooms were evident in the lower Pumicestone Passage and on Bribie Island beaches late in October 2019.  This media report aims to dispel some myths that these phenomena are “natural” events without human influence. A potential solution (constructed wetlands to alleviate stormwater impacts) is flagged. Sewage is also a major contributor to phosphorus pollution in Moreton Bay.  The aquatic systems are under stress: these warning signs need to be heeded.


It is with pleasure that the Board of The Moreton Bay Foundation announces the appointment of Suzie Christensen as the Foundation’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer. Suzie will start employment on 21st October.
Suzie is an experienced CEO with a long history in not-for-profit management and governance, including in environmental and social advocacy, planning and management. She joins us following seven years as CEO of Anglicare Central Queensland, and twelve as CEO of the Fitzroy Basin Association.

Interested to participate in a first of its’ kind exciting Australia wide Citizen Science project? Pesticide Detectives is an extensive project investigating the occurrence and concentrations of pesticides in Australian waterways. It is funded by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Business and undertaken by the Aquatic Environmental Stress Research Group (AQUEST) based at RMIT University. Citizen Scientists in collaboration with AQUEST scientists will collect sediments from waterways across Australia to advance our understanding of pesticide contamination in Australia’s waterways. Results from the study will be shared with you and will be available on our webpage. Learn more about pesticides in your waterway by participating in this study.

Download Pesticide Detectives pdf

Go to www.rmit.edu.au/pesticidedetectives for further information.

The Moreton Bay Foundation was officially launched on the 30 August by His Excellency the Governor at a function at Brisbane City Hall. An immensely rich compendium of contemporary and ancient Indigenous knowledge Moreton Bay Quandamooka & Catchment: Past, present, and future was also launched and is now available as an E-book as well as in print.

Books and Research Papers

Congratulations to the Foundation as it seeks to build knowledge and make it available to the communities of Moreton Bay and beyond.

The three-co-organisers of the July Rangelands Policy Dialogue have approved of a one-page Declaration, download here. The three parties – The Royal Society of Queensland, AgForce and NRM Regions Queensland – have issued the following statement.

“The Rangelands Declaration is not an action plan. It is a statement of principles, emphasising the lack of widely supported policy solutions to a range of economic and environmental pressures and the absence of satisfactory forums to resolve differences of opinion. But it is more than just a resolution to write an action plan in the future. It is a commitment to embark on a journey of discovery together. Continue reading

The Queensland Science Network was launched by His Excellency the Governor of Queensland the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC at an official reception at Government House on 13 June 2019. Some 50 guests representing the societies who have joined the Network and some senior public servants including the CEO of the Queensland Museum and the Queensland Chief Scientist attended. Continue reading

Forthcoming Events
5:00 pm BOOK LAUNCH “Paltry Paradise: A ... @ North Stradbroke Island Museum
BOOK LAUNCH “Paltry Paradise: A ... @ North Stradbroke Island Museum
Dec 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
BOOK LAUNCH "Paltry Paradise: A history of the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum" @ North Stradbroke Island Museum
For 80 years the Dunwich Benevolent Asylum was home to the indigent of Queensland. The Asylum kept the poor out of sight on an island off Brisbane. It provided welfare on the cheap and relied[...]
all-day World Science Festival – Brisban...
World Science Festival – Brisban...
Mar 25 – Mar 29 all-day
The World Science Festival is again coming to Brisbane in March 2020. Street Science is very popular component of the World Science Festival and is visited by over 95,000 people. In 2019 the Royal Society[...]
all-day 15th National Australian Shell Show @ Gaythorne Bowls Club
15th National Australian Shell Show @ Gaythorne Bowls Club
Apr 3 – Apr 5 all-day
15th National Australian Shell Show @ Gaythorne Bowls Club
The 15th National Australian Shell Show will be held in Brisbane Australia on 3th-5th April 2020. Further information and Registration Packs are available at https://www.seqshells.com/nationalshellshow2020
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