Forum to Tackle Coastal Issues

May 03, 2013

The coastal areas within which we live, work and play are an important part of the lifestyle we enjoy. Building an understanding of our amazing natural coastal assets and the issues they face is the focus of the Burnett Mary Regional Group’s Coastal Community Forum to be held on Saturday, May 18 at 9.00am at the Mantra Resort in Urangan, Hervey Bay.

The forum theme “Close to the Edge” will explore what living in our coastal environment means and will look at ways in which we can better manage coastal resources into the future.

It will celebrate the work being done by a range of passionate coastal advocates who are dedicated to ensuring that a balance is achieved between our use of these sensitive environments and their conservation and preservation.

The pressures of a growing population, development and a changing climate are real and apparent threats to the region’s coastal ecosystems that need to be understood.

BMRG’s Coastal Coordinator Kath Nash says that the forum is an opportunity to show people what is being done by governments, research institutions and community and Coastcare groups to increase awareness of the issues facing the coastal environment.

“Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait are World renowned and we also boast an extensive list of threatened animals and plant communities including the Humpback Whale, Loggerhead Turtle, Black-breasted Button-quail, the native Water Mouse, Littoral Rainforest , Coastal Vine Thickets and Saltmarsh areas. Protecting this environment is the responsibility of everyone who lives within our coastal community.  Whether you are a recreational or commercial fisher or boater, tourism operator, or someone who enjoys our foreshores and beaches, maintaining a healthy coastal environment benefits us all.” Said Ms Nash.

“The forum will provide an opportunity for people to get together and share ideas, knowledge and insights. Anyone who is interested in learning more about coastal environments and how to manage the issues they face is more than welcome to come along.” Ms Nash added.

Guest speakers will be giving presentations throughout the day on a range of topics including; Hervey Bay’s corals, Shorebirds, Seagrass, Marine Turtles, Coastcare groups and the Great Sandy Marine Park.

For more information about the forum contact Kath Nash on 0448 027 329. To RSVP by Thursday 9th May, please contact Vikki Evans on 4169 0720 or email vikki.evans@bmrg.org.au.

 

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Media Contact
Chris Stone

Communications and Engagement Officer

Burnett Mary Regional Group for NRM Ltd

07 4181 2999 ext 205 – 0429 462 464

chris.stone@bmrg.org.au



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