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We bring to you the 2016 Gold Coast Landcare Forum: Go Native.

Are you keen to learn more about how to go native to help our local plants and animals flourish and meet like-minded people who are making a difference?

Gold Coast Catchment Association will be hosting the Gold Coast Landcare Forum on Saturday 8th October at Robina Community Centre.

The one day free forum is open to anyone who is eager to go native for the protection and conservation of Gold Coast’s natural areas and waterways, and discover the vast array of opportunities available to get involved and care for the environment with Landcare.

Keynote speakers will include Griffith University’s Professor Tor Hundloe, who will discuss the transformation of Gold Coast’s environment from wilderness to urban ecosystem and Professor Catherine Pickering, who will talk about how to embrace technology for conservation and environmental protection.

Patrick Brabant, Founder of EnviroWarrior & Ambassador for Naturally GC, at the age of 13, will leave everyone inspired about the future.

There will also be engaging workshops and panel discussions to spark the real outcome go native to encourage our local native plants and animals to flourish within a rapidly urbanising city.

The Gold Coast is rapidly urbanising and more than ever before we need to encourage everyone to plant native plants for habitat. The benefits are endless, from beautifully restored conservation areas for everyone to enjoy, to native wildlife in your backyard.

Whether you’re new to Landcare or experienced in bush regeneration, the forum will be an opportunity to connect with like-minded people, share ideas and hear from the experts.

To stay informed and help us plan for the forum please register your interest – click here

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Keynote speakers

Catherine Pickering
Professor Catherine Pickering, Griffith University 

Professor Pickering has over 25 year’s research experience and over 250 academic publications. She collaborates with parks agencies in Australia and overseas on the conservation of native biodiversity, climate change, tourism and recreation in natural areas. This includes presenting training courses, workshops and seminars to stakeholders, the public and academics nationally and internationally.

Pickering will discuss an innovative project that embraces technology, a free app for smart phones and tablets called ‘Grows at Griffith’ to identify 300 local plants at the university. She is now collaborating with the local environmental company, Natura, to produce a free ‘Gardening with Natives’ app with funding from the Queensland Government.


Tor hundloeProfessor Tor Hundloe, Griffith University 

Tor Hundloe, otherwise ” The Green Viking” is the author and editor of numerous books , including “The Gold Coast Transformed: From Wilderness to Urban Ecosystem” , CSIRO Publishing; “The Value of Water in a Drying Climate”, CSIRO Publishing ; “From Buddha to Bono”, JoJo Publishing; “The Planet of the Thinking Animal”, JoJo Publishing.

Awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2003 for contributions to: environmental economics, coastal zone management, ecotourism, fisheries and protected area management, Hundloe has received many awards and is highly regarded in his field for invigorating change and new ways of seeing wicked environmental problems.

His will be discussing how the Gold Coast has transformed from wildness to an urban ecosystem, and what this means for the future of Gold Coast’s environment.

Patrick_Brabant_Headshot_261x235Patrick Brabant, Founder of EnviroWarrior & Ambassador for Naturally GC

Since the age of three, Patrick has been passionate about animals and conservation. He regularly attends the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary as a guest blogger and is the ambassador of the Naturally GC program run by the City of Gold Coast. He feels Queensland is lacking in environmental protection and that it is his responsibility to help repair and prevent further damage to Queensland’s native fauna and flora.

He will provide his insights into what it is like to be young, growing up within a generation where climate change and species extinction is the norm.

Kate Heffernan

Kate Heffernan, Advocate for Botanic Gardens and Native Plant Specialist

Kate is a passionate and committed consultant, advocate and Friend of Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and Queensland’s Representative to Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand Inc. Kate began her career in a seed laboratory and Australian native plant Nursery in 1974 and has since been engaged professionally in a range of professional areas including Botanic Gardens, Vocational Education, Landscape, Horticulture Media, Garden History and Nurseries.

Kate will share her insights about considering the notion that at times it is difficult to characterise many places in Australia by the one thing that should set Australian places apart visually …… the created landscapeThis is especially relevant on the Gold Coast and in South East Queensland.

Workshop Summaries

Bush tucker workshop | Presented by Paula Nihot- Yugambeh Museum

Dura, yaga, jar – grow, cook, eat! Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring bush tucker workshop. Learn how to identify a range of local bush-food plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours in everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden.


Invisible Biodiversity | Presented by David Jinks – Gold Coast Botany

Through community awareness around the world we’ve seen a reversal in the decline of a number of endangered animals. Some, like the Giant Panda, are coming back from the brink of extinction. Knowing that community awareness can have such a positive impact on fauna, David hopes to bring a similar awareness to our threatened flora with the aim of achieving a similar positive outcome. Are our local threatened species just as important as the Giant Panda? David will shed light on the many threatened flora species we have right here on the Gold Coast, most of which our society are completely unaware of.

Where to start your restoration project | Presented by Darren Roche- Natural Area Restoration Officer – City of Gold Coast

Discover what it takes to restore bushland from a weed-infested state to a thriving natural ecosystem. Learn the basics of bush restoration from planning, identification of both native and exotic plants and the appropriate control techniques. The workshop will cover everything from large properties to smaller backyard native landscaping.

Frogs and Freshwater Fish | Presented by Damian White – DDW Fauna

The Gold Coast is home to almost 40 species of frogs and over 40 species of fish, which are known to utilise freshwater habitats. Many of these species are threatened locally by the degradation and pollution of important in-stream and riparian vegetation, caused by the loss and fragmentation of habitat, increases in sedimentation, the invasion of aquatic weed species etc. During the workshop we will discuss frog and freshwater fish diversity of the Gold Coast and measures to improve/restore the habitat values and water quality of local waterways focusing on frogs and fish but to the benefit of all other fauna, which utilise such environments.

GroNATIVE Workshop | Presented by Natura Pacific 

Today we rely on technology more than ever to help us achieve conservation goals. From satellite imagery to statistical analyses and data sharing, technology has opened our world to the wonders of science. The GroNATIVE app will guide users on how to replenish native biodiversity by planting native vegetation. People geo-locate themselves with their device and the app produces a tailor-made palette of plants suitable for “re-greening” their local area using data from pre-clearance broad vegetation groups. GroNATIVE essentially aligns styled planting palettes with local native ecosystems and provides detailed profiles on the horticulture, flowering times, conservation benefits and stockists of suggested species. The workshop will touch on these elements, looking at what makes a good conservation app and how a message can become a novel product and how that product becomes positive environmental change.

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