An annual EcoForum in City of Logan will encourage ideas, strategies and technologies to protect and enhance local natural environments.

The previously biennial Logan EcoForum, held in 2017 and 2019, will now be presented in conjunction with the Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF) from next year.

The two events will together showcase innovative ideas and facilitate discussion on environmental conservation in City of Logan.

A review of the EcoForum was recently undertaken by Logan City Council to ensure it was meeting community expectations and provided adequate engagement options.

Feedback showed it continues to be a preferred and popular environmental forum with strong support for an annual event.

Council has listened to additional community feedback and will conduct an annual environmental survey from next year.

A wider range of online environmental projects will also be developed and delivered to complement Council’s existing program of activities, workshops and educational events.

Environment Chair, Deputy Mayor Jon Raven, said the City of Logan community was passionate about protecting local natural environments.

“Our wildlife, plants and ecosystems must be protected and preserved and Council is committed to supporting our community to achieve this,” Cr Raven said.

“Community feedback on our environmental programs is extremely important.

“We have listened to that feedback and we will now deliver an EcoForum every year along with an annual survey to ensure we remain aware of the environmental issues that are important to our community.”

This year’s Logan Eco Action Festival was held on Sunday, May 23.

EnviroGrants totalling more than $174,000 were awarded to several community-led environmental projects.

The recipients were:

Environmental Partnerships and Capacity Building

Caring for Wildlife and Carers Inc: Help for Carers of Wildlife in NeedOrphan Native Animal Rear and Release Association Incorp: Wildlife SafeCedar Grove Landcare:Cats Claw creeper eradicationVegetation enhancement Melaleuca irbyanaHabitat restoration and protection of endangered Melaleuca irbyanaOxley Creek Catchment Association:Fauna monitoring community capacity buildingLogan spotlighting series.

Environmental Surveys and Research

Shyama Ratnasiri (Griffith University): How do local residents value Logan waterways and riparian zones?BirdLife Australia: Powerful Owl project of South East QueenslandChantelle Derez, of Reptile Rehabilitation Queensland: Disease testing of wild pythons

On-ground Ecosystem Restoration

International Buddhist Association of Queensland Inc: Chung Tian Bushland Reserve Phase 1 RestorationLeanne and Dean Paterson: On-ground eco system restoration project small creek stage 1Julie Mann: Freeway for koalasLives Lived Well:Communities restoring and connecting endangered species habitatCommunities enhancing threatened species habitatEmily Cooper: RegenerationSharon Rozynski: Invasive weed managementBulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee: Lantana and coral berry removal at Mt Elliott

Environmental Education

Georgina Kenyon: Freddy Flying Fox puppet champion kitSpringwood State High School: Back to EarthCanterbury College: Kitchen GardenSteve Kanowski: Bethania East SS Indigenous gardenDr Jarrod Trevathan (Griffith University): Immersive learning using Internet of Things remote environmental monitoring technologiesChisholm Catholic College: Bush Tucker Garden

Wildlife Carer Support

Trixie BenbrookChristine TalbotDiana KolbFrancine StewartLeanne RobertsonStacey RobertsonTrina HollowayCarmen SpeltaAnnette BirdConnie CluneJoerg RockstrohAnja RockstrohBob WileyJessie Ovenden

The winners of the 2021 World Environment Day calendar competition were also announced at LEAF on Sunday.

Their entries will be displayed in Council’s 2022 World Environment Day calendar.

The winners were:

Alyssa Tainsh, Year 2, Faith Christian School of Distance Education: Mayor’s ChoiceZachary Jacobs, Year 2, St Edwards Catholic Primary: Mayor’s Choice Runner UpMaria Brereton, Year 5, St Edwards Catholic PrimaryDaniela Palmani, Year 2, St Edwards Catholic PrimaryConnor Tainsh, Year 4, Faith Christian School of Distance EducationZen Crawford, Year 2, Kimberley Park State SchoolTijana Crawford, Year 6, Kimberley Park State SchoolGladys Kidd, Year 4, Browns Plains State SchoolMathias Klavsen, Prep, Calvary Christian CollegeIssac Tran, Year 1, Calvary Christian CollegeAnnika Klavsen, Year 3, Calvary Christian CollegeAloise Van der Klauw, Year 4, Calvary Christian CollegeLucas Tran, Year 4, Calvary Christian College

Council’s environmental engagement activities are funded through the Environmental Levy.

Information on the levy is available at Environmental levy report – Logan City Council.

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