"The Ipswich EnviroForum has really been a breath of fresh air for me - somewhere I have been able to relate with passionate like-minded people, hear very relevant and interesting topics from well sourced speakers, and all at an amazingly small cost. Even though I live and work on the Sunshine coast, the effort has been well worth it to feel connected to a wider community that really loves and lives the natural world. I wish such a well organised event could be held up my way regularly. And, yes, the food was yummy also." – Dallas Malins (EnviroForum participant)
It's not only us mere humans who are living in the digital age. Sharks in Perth are transmitting their locations via Twitter, red kites are blogging in the UK, drones are monitoring our bilbies in Western Queensland without us setting a foot on the ground and a bird count can be completed by looking in your own backyard!
The focus of EnviroForum 2017 is ‘Nature Conservation in the Digital Age'. What new innovations can help us protect our environment? Can technology be used to increase the value people place on the environment? How does everyone get involved?
Participants will also get to network and experience some new technology at FireStation 101, Ipswich's innovation hub.
Further details on speakers and the full program will be provided in 2017 – watch this space!
The 2016 EnviroForum focused on the theme of communication and strategies for increasing uptake in the community of environmental messages.
The day had an engaging program which included keynote addresses from author Tim Low, motivational speakers Natalie Isaacs and Blair Allsopp (last minute change as original keynote Juanita Wheeler was unwell); as well as shorter presentations from local and regional experts on the field.
New to EnviroForum this year, was the inclusion of a workshop element where participants were provided with the opportunity to share and discuss their own experiences when it comes to communicating with specific target groups.
The theme for the 2015 EnviroForum, held on the 1 May 2015, related to water and took delegates on a journey through multiple aspects of sustainable water management, from rehabilitation of riparian areas to the services provided to the community from local water bodies who provide recreational activities, water supply and treatment, hazard reduction and more. The forum had a particular focus on the importance of collaborations and relationships.
As an added bonus, on the day before the forum, Thursday, 30 April 2015, Seqwater hosted a field trip to specifically suit the requirements of the Ipswich EnviroForum. This field trip took delegtaes on a tour of the Wivenhoe dam wall as well as the Mount Crosby water treatment plant.
A number of the presentations delivered at the EnviroForum 2015 are now available:
Assessing and classifying the condition and values of waterways in the Ipswich LGA by Steve Skull (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Brentwood rise wetlands by Christoph Pester (PDF, 5.7 MB)
Flood of ideas by Andrew ONeill (PDF, 2.5 MB)
How well do we really understand urban stormwater issues by Alan Hoban (PDF, 2.1 MB)
ICC Integrated Water Strategy A total water cycle framework by Emma ONeill (PDF, 2.2 MB)
ICC Partnership programs by Stephani Grove and Cheryl Kempton (PDF, 10.1 MB)
Riparian reforestation to increase water filtration and reduce runoff by Susanne Schmidt (PDF, 4.9 MB)
Sharing Catchment Knowledge and Connecting Communities by Hannah Collins (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Take me to the river by Andrew Davidson (PDF, 4.6 MB)
Urban creek recovery in a regional approach by Matthew Fullerton (PDF, 1.7 MB)
Re-engaging citizen scientists through their phones by James Udy (PDF, 1.4 MB)
The first ever Ipswich EnviroForum, held on the 9 May 2014, provided delegates with a closer look into current trends and studies surrounding biodiversity within the South East Queensland region.
A copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2014 (PDF, 4.4 MB)