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Ipswich EnviroForum

2018 Theme: From little things big things grow


"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)

Held annually, EnviroForum showcases initiatives and innovation surrounding the sustainable management of natural resources. EnviroForum 2018 took place on 10 August and focused on ideas and concepts around people working together to achieve greater environmental and conservation outcomes. Whether creating green linkages in backyards or conservation corridors spanning kilometres, from little things big things grow.

Sessions and Presentions

Sessions on the day covered the myriad ways in which everyone can get involved in taking conservation action and play a part in protecting our wildlife and improving our environment for future generations. Highlights included a presentation by Costa Georgiadis from Gardening Australia, as well as Gary Howling from Great Eastern Ranges, expert speakers on the Little Liverpool Range and interactive workshops and networking sessions throughout the day. Refer to the program for more information on our speakers and view select presentations from the day below:

EnviroForum 2018 Program (PDF, 366.2 KB)

Session 1: Backyards Contribute to Greater Good

Presented by Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)

It doesn’t matter if our backyards are small or large, they can all contribute to creating habitat and corridors for wildlife. Costa discussed the importance of backyards being sustainable, productive and beautiful.

Ipswich City Council Guide to Composting and Worm Farms

Session 2: Little Liverpool Range

Presented by Ben O’Hara (Gainsdale Group) and Felicity Shapland (Queensland Trust for Nature)

The Gainsdale Group and Queensland Trust for Nature are working together with various councils, the University of Queensland and local landholders to develop the Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Centre and the Little Liverpool Range initiative. This exciting project aims to create a community-led wildlife and ecological corridor in an area already home to significant species, including the glossy black cockatoo, powerful owl, brush-tailed rock-wallaby, little pied bat and slender milkvine.

Little Liverpool Range QTFN Presentation (PDF, 5.0 MB)
Little Liverpool Range Initiative Presentation (PDF, 3.1 MB)

Session 3: Great Eastern Ranges

Presented by Gary Howling (Great Eastern Ranges)

Gary spoke about the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative and how it is bringing people and organisations together to protect, link and restore healthy habitats encompassing 3,600 kilometres from Western Victoria through to New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Far North Queensland.

Session 4: Panel Session

Interactive discussion took place around the question: “Can we collaborate to make big things grow”?

Session 5: Big Plans for Small Creek

Presented by Ben Walker (Ipswich City Council)

Small Creek was once a meandering natural stream flowing into Deebing Creek, until it was turned into a straight concrete channel offering little value to the community or environment. Big plans and recent construction is turning Small Creek back into a waterway for all to enjoy and enabling larger environmental outcomes.

Big Plans for Small Creek Presentation (PDF, 5.7 MB)

Session 6: Land for Wildlife Behind the Sign

Presented by Deborah Metters (Land for Wildlife)

Land for Wildlife has been working with landholders to create habitat for wildlife for 20 years. Building knowledge through the community and supporting landholders in many ways we find out what is behind the sign. Land for Wildlife has much to celebrate and share about its valuable work.

Behind the Signs Presentation (PDF, 5.1 MB)

Session 7: Waste or Create

Can we do more to live sustainably? Ipswich Sustainability Week provided some easy ideas on how we can all live more sustainably in order to help our environment, such as having your coffee in a reusable coffee cup, creating a worm farm, or packing a “nude” lunch using no single use plastic. We can make the choice to waste or create.

Previous EnviroForums

Ipswich EnviroForum 2017: Nature Conservation in the Digital Age

We are living in a digital age, with 15.3 million Australians owning a smartphone and 11.2 million owning a tablet. Embracing this technology is important to the continued improvement and promotion of our nature conservation work. EnviroForum 2017 will discuss key technological initiatives that have helped improve the conservation work of various organisations and how embracing technology and innovation can help us protect our environment.

Sessions included:

  • Calling all Robots: Robotic Technology in Practice 
    Presented by Campbell Newman, Chairman, SwarmFarm Robotics
  • Embracing Technology 
    Presented by Matthew Flynn, QUT PwC Chair in Digital Economy, QUT Business School
  • Tracking Together, Working Together 
    Presented by Stefan Sawynok, Technology Manager, Infofish
  • Marketing Your Digital Campaigns 
    Presented by Margarita Camus, Digital Marketing Strategist, Queensland Urban Utilities
  • Calling All Citizens…Let’s Do Some Citizen Science 
    Presented by Tim and Jeremy Butler, Naeus and Ipswich City Council DigiCon Hackathon Winners
  • Aerial Technology 
    Presented by Nat Parker, Director, Airborne Insight
  • Unconference or Pitch 
    Open Floor Session
  • Interactive Innovation and Networking
    Experience Ipswich’s cutting-edge innovation hub Fire Station 101, where you can meet and chat with fellow delegates and entrepreneurs dedicated to aiding the collaboration between the digital age and nature conservation. Networking drinks will be available to share with your fellow delegates. Fire Station 101 is located at 101 Limestone Street, Ipswich

The Citizen Science app created from Council’s hackathon earlier in the year was revealed. Naeus Explore is now available for download and will provide you with information on tracks and important and interesting information within our conservation estates.  It is well worth the download so get out there now and explore our wonderful natural areas.

Ipswich EnviroForum 2016: Bridging Communication Gaps

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.

Download a copy of the EnviroForum 2016 Program (PDF, 2.2 MB)
Download a copy of the Inspiration Café Discussion Notes (PDF, 989.3 KB) detailing workshop outcomes.

Thanks to our 2016 EnviroForum partners

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Ipswich EnviroForum 2015: Sharing Water Wisdom for a Sustainable Future

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 copy of the program can be found here: EnviroForum Program 2015  (PDF, 580.5 KB)
Photos of the event are available here: 2015 EnviroForum photos (PDF, 2.6 MB)

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)

Thanks to our 2015 EnviroForum partners

Ipswich EnviroForum 2014: Biodiversity in Focus – Celebrating Success

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)