Close to home: Learning to conserve your natural environment
Whether you're a budding conservationist or just a local resident looking to make a difference, Maleny Library has just the event for you.
Caloundra City Mayor, Don Aldous, said the library will host Natural Heritage of the Blackall Ranges - How you can protect and maintain its fragile beauty on Wednesday June 22 from 6:30pm, revealing to residents inventive ways of conserving the local natural environment.
"This event is geared not only to residents with a continuing passion for protecting their local environment but also to those new to the Maleny area keen to educate themselves on local conservation issues," Cr Aldous said.
"Encompassing a range of preservation issues - such as the need to protect the natural heritage of the Blackall Ranges, the role of communities in wildlife research for conservation; and Council's Land for Wildlife project - this event provides an ideal opportunity for residents to learn how their actions can positively impact on the local environment."
Scheduled speakers include well-known local conservationist Jeanette Nobes, Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland wildlife projects officer Scott Burnett, and Council's own Conservation Partnership Officer Nick Clancy.
Affectionately known as the 'Weed Lady', Jeanette is passionate about helping to restore the natural landscape and in her discussion, will show residents how they can do the same.
Scott will discuss Wildlife Queensland's ongoing community-based platypus survey, along with opportunities for involvement in the organisation's upcoming glider projects.
Finally, Nick will discuss Council's Land for Wildlife project, a voluntary nature conservation program that encourages private landholders to protect and enhance native flora and fauna on their properties.
"Caloundra City landholders are the custodians of an incredible diversity of plants and animals, and with less than five per cent of the City protected in National Parks, private landholders play a major role in the future of our biodiversity," Cr Aldous said.
"To date, more than 270 rural landholders across the City representing nearly 4,000 hectares have signed on to the program and, across the 13 participating Councils in South-east Queensland, the program has attracted over 2,000 members representing nearly 60,000 hectares."
Bookings are essential for what promises to be an eye-opening event so contact Maleny Library [Coral Street, Maleny] on 5429 6222 to reserve your spot. Wine and cheese will be served.
Contact Caloundra City Council on:
Phone 1300 650 112 (local), (07) 5420 8200 (outside the Sunshine Coast) or +61 7 5420 8200 (international)
Post: PO Box 117 Caloundra 4551 Qld Australia
In person: Omrah Ave, Caloundra, Qld, Australia
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