Act for Birds - Brisbane community forum
The Brisbane Community Forum was held in the vibrant pub atmosphere of the Fox Hotel in Brisbane. And just like the Melbourne Forum, attended by those familar to BirdLife and also many new people who are keen to Act for Birds!
The night was really dominated by the Toondah Harbour proposal - a RAMSAR site of international significance, and threatened by multi-billion dollar redevelopment that will destroy shorebird habitat, and especially that of the Eastern Curlew. With stronger nature laws, there is no way a development like this could be repeatedly nominated.
We were all lucky to hear Judith Hoyle share her story. Judith is the Convenor of BirdLife Southern Queensland, and as she so eloquently put it “ Toondah has changed an ordinary person like me into a passionate shorebird conservationist!”. Those who have met Judith and know of her campaign work would hardly describe her as ordinary - but what Judith did was inspire all, whether scientist or retiree or uni student to feel confident in taking on the fight for birds and their habitats. “No matter what the circumstances, my heart, when backed by scientific evidence, allows me to talk passionately and come away with my purpose and integrity intact”, Judith said.
Over 70% of attendees had written to or visited their MP to talk about environmental issues that matter to them, so the Act for Birds Campaign team was delighted to be in the room with such a committed bunch. Many thanks to the team at BirdLife Southern Queensland for their help on this fantastic evening of inspiration and action.
The Brisbane Act for Birds forum was featured in the news - see here for a great article on the plight of the Eastern Curlew and the threat of the proposed development.
Andrew Hunter concluded the Brisbane forum with a visit to the Toondah Harbour site with Judith Hoyle and Chris Walker.
Now that the election has been called, it is time to make your voice heard!
Email your MP here, or speak to or tweet your election candidates, and ask them about their party’s commitment to fix our broken nature laws, and why this is so important to you.
Judith and Andrew at the beautiful and threatened Toondah Harbour.