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‘Natural wonder’: Forum to help preserve Passage

Independent and FREE – 2021 Best Online Publication (Qld Country Press)

‘Natural wonder’: Forum to help preserve Passage


'Natural wonder': Forum to look at how to help preserve the Pumicestone Passage

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The Pumicestone Passage and its catchment will be under the spotlight at a special forum that will examine how to best protect one of the region’s natural wonders.

From February 16 to 18, interested people can join Healthy Land and Water, Sunshine Coast Council and more than 30 stakeholder groups who have been collaborating for more than a decade, to preserve and improve the values of the Passage and its waterways.

In mid December, reported how fragile Bribie Island had been overrun by pounding seas, with waves surging through to the Passage.

Environment and Liveability Portfolio Councillor, Peter Cox, said the Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future, would be an important three-day event at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Cr Cox said the gathering would review latest information about the Pumicestone Catchment and identify how the community could continue to work together to conserve and restore this special area.

“The Pumicestone Passage has a high environmental value. It’s part of the Ramsar-listed Moreton Bay Marine Park and encompasses our spectacular Glass House Mountains,” he said.

“Its sheltered waters are a place where locals and visitors can reconnect with nature and its diverse habitats sustain regional fisheries, marine turtles, dugong and more bird species than Kakadu – making its protection even more important.

“The event hosted by Healthy Land and Water in collaboration with community, research, industry, government and Traditional Owner groups, will bring together wisdom, knowledge and know-how, galvanising interest and energy for a healthy future for the Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.

“There is an extensive and diverse line-up of local speakers, including Sunshine Coast Council staff.

“Knowledge gathered through the event will help to inform the next Pumicestone Catchment Action Plan and an updated SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan.

“Together these plans will support our preservation and enjoyment of the Passage and its catchment into the future.”

To find out more and to buy tickets visit Healthy Land and Water’s website:

This is a COVID-safe event. All guests will be asked to sign in on arrival and adhere to the COVID-safe advice provided.


  • Date: February 16-18, 2021
  • Venue: USC Auditorium, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Tickets*:
    • One day general admission $40
    • One day concession – $20
    • One day online – $10

*Booking fees apply