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Sustainable Queensland Forum partnered with The Royal Society of Queensland and the Central Queensland University to run an interesting seminar in 2016. The proceedings have been rescued from the digital dungeon and are now available on the Events 2016 page of the Society’s website. Topics covered included:

A stewardship model for managing Queensland’s pastoral lands
The Australian experience in using biodiversity tenders for conservation
The renewable energy revolution
Economic Incentives for Key Environmental Values
A strategy for expanding and managing Queensland’s protected area estate
Climate change projection for Queensland
Threats posed by the spread of invasive grasses
Grazing, a conservation tool in fire sensitive ecosystems impacted by buffel grass
The role of citizen science in sustainable tourism
Public vs private management of conservation estate (fences).

A recent observation of a migrant Tawny Coster butterfly has stimulated the interest of entomologists and citizen scientists. Dawn Franzmann tells the story in:

Mating of the Tawny Coster, Acraea terpsicore (Linnaeus 1758) with a Glasswing, A. andromacha (Fabricius 1775), (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae: Heliconiinae) observed at Boondall Wetlands, Boondall, Brisbane, Qld .

The article first appeared in Metamorphosis Australia, the magazine of QSN member body Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club. All materials in Metamorphosis Australia are copyright to the authors, artists, photographers and the Butterfly & Other Invertebrates Club Inc., (except when indicated).  We thank BOIC for permission to re-publish this item.

The Australian Citizen Science Association is pleased to announce the formal launch of ACSA Consulting. ACSA Consulting specialises in developing citizen science strategies and strategic work pieces for organisations wanting best practice advice, design and implementation of citizen science in Australia.

ACSA Consulting operates on a fee for service model and builds on ACSA’s existing collaborations, such as with the Minderoo Fire and Flood Initiative (where ACSA helped build citizen science as an integral component of disaster monitoring, recovery and resilience).

ACSA Consulting offers services in the fields of:

  • Citizen Science Strategy Development and Implementation
  • Citizen Science Project Design, Management and Evaluation
  • Best Practice Citizen Science Advice
  • Capacity Building Workshops (Project Management and Evaluation)

ACSA is a non-profit organisation. Proceeds of its consulting services work are used to advance citizen science in Australia.

Fire and Biodiversity Consortium to expand reach across Queensland

The South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (SEQFBC) has expanded its reach to cover the whole of Queensland. The new name is Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium (QFBC).  

This statewide expansion reflects the increased demand from landholders and stakeholders to receive the high-quality products and services provided by the QFBC. Established in 1998, one of the oldest collaborative fire programs in Australia, the success and value of the QFBC is underscored by the collaborative, tenure-blind approach to fire management. 

The QFBC comprises a network of land managers and stakeholders committed to improving fire and biodiversity management outcomes, supporting and distributing fire ecology research, facilitating partnerships between key stakeholders and building the capacity of land managers and private land owners to address issues of fire management and biodiversity in the South East Queensland (SEQ) region and across Queensland.
According to Dr Samantha Lloyd, Manager of QFBC, the focus will remain with current partners, the majority of whom are based in SEQ. “We have a number of state-based partners and requests for our services and resources outside of SEQ continue to increase. … The prospect of engaging with the wider Queensland community will enrich our network and strengthen our support base,” Lloyd said. 

The QFBC is a flagship program of Healthy Land and Water, an independent not-for-profit organisation and the regional delivery body for the federal Government’s National Regional Land Partnerships program.

“One of the key strengths of the QFBC is the number and diversity of partners, who enabled the growth and reach across Queensland. We look forward to working with new stakeholders across Queensland and to help facilitate fire and land management outcomes for the environment and community,” said Julie McLellan, CEO of Healthy Land and Water. 

Stage two of the TS Onslow Naval Cadets Shoreline Management Project has been successfully completed. This community-driven project on the northern Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach aims to prevent erosion of the foreshore and enhance fish habitat. Project outcomes include planting mangroves and stabilising dune species with biodegradable coir logs, potato starch matrix sheets and reef star modules. This project was made possible through funding from the National Landcare Program, Queensland Government Department of Environment and Science Sustainability Grant, and the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Details here.

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