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Where are our WILD KOALAS?

Last Updated on 30 April 2017

Where are our WILD KOALAS?

In order to draw greater public awareness to the plight of the wild koala a special day is being promoted amongst many wildlife rescue and care groups to celebrate Australia's national icon - the wild koala - one who lives in natural bushland areas, is able to move freely across his or her home range and if a young male move out to find a mate.

May 3 is international Wild Koala Day #WildKoalaDay 

2017 is the second year only for this event with many wildlife rescue and care groups holding events and walks in bushland.  

Wherever you are around the world you can participate in this event! 

Koalas need much greater attention to have general public understand that koalas need trees to survive.

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In addition to the specialized diet of gum leaves - with only a small number among the 700 species of eucalypt trees being eaten - the myth that they do not drink water is being challenged regularly as many photos are posted in online media showing koalas drinking from bottles, hoses, bowls, pools etc. It seems that the gum leaves may no longer provide enough moisture to allow digestion of the highly toxic gum leaves. Research has shown toxicity is increased by increased levels of carbon dioxide. 

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LACA 25 years & still strong - we're celebrating

Last Updated on 18 October 2014

        Invitation-LACA-25Years-web   Logan and Albert Conservation Association LACA 25 years and still strong - we're celebrating.                    Sunday 26 October 2014 from 12 noon at Mt Barney Lodge.

Foundation president Richard Zoomers will be attending as will be other foundation executive and members. LACA has had the guidance of several presidents during the years: Richard Zoomers, Andy Grodecki, John Mann, Anne Page. We are looking forward to celebrating the wonderful achievements of our organisation and strenghtening our resolve to continue active citizenship to protect what we value and love.

Many environmental issues that motivated caring concerned citizens to network together to not only protest against environmental harm and injustice but also to inform and educate the wider community about those issues still challenge us today. We still have quarries, inappropriate industry location, planning and development concerns, catchment and water quality problems, biodiversity and wildlife issues.

Since its inception in 1989, LACA has worked with community, council, industry, and government to develop understanding, commitment and actions for more sustainable living.

LACA aims...

    • To play an active role in the protection and enhancement of the environment.
    • To promote the concept of environmental sustainability as an essential criterion of planning for development.
    • To educate and inform the community on all aspects of conservation.
    • To research and report on current and proposed activities likely to affect the local environment.
    • To encourage the widest possible public consultation and informed debate on matters of conservation and environmental importance to the local community.

 

 

 

Think.Eat.Save 2013 theme WED

Last Updated on 08 April 2013

Think-Eat-Save UNEP2013Eating - if we are fortunate - is a healthy enjoyable activity we each do three times a day. And in Austalia that is mostly true - but not for all. We believe too that as the world's population increases we need to grow more food. However while there are many people who do not have access - or have little access to enough safe healthy food some of us are hungry.

In addition to quantity there are other issues as the world's peoples grow fatter and eat inapproriate foods obesity and diabetes have become two of the biggest heath issues in Australia and globally.

Worryingly the food currently produced would feed the current global population and more but our distribution processes let us down.

What we eat and how and where our food is produced are complex issues that most of us are totally unaware of. Being a conscious consumer is an important part of living a responsible and sustainable lifestyle.

The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is Think.Eat.Save. Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your foodprint. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), every year 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted. This is equivalent to the same amount produced in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa. At the same time, 1 in every 7 people in the world go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die daily from hunger.
Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year's theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.

                     Think before you eat and help save our environment!

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LOGAN RIVER more beautiful after CLEAN-UP

Last Updated on 31 March 2013

logan river clean-up-teamloot1A great collaborative effort from the community has removed unsightly rubbish from a section of the Logan River. Logan Village Scouts got together with Logan and Albert Conservation Association (LACA), VETO Energex Towers Organisation (VETO) on Sunday 24 March 2013 to clean-up the Logan River and Larry Storey Park at Waterford. Our cleanup was supported by Healthy Waterways, Logan City Council and Clean-up Australia. The Clean-up Australia activity had to be postponed from earlier 3 March because the Logan River experienced a minor flood and safety for our rubbish collectors was a first priority.
Boat owners Greg Lord, Gary Hastings and Denis Higgins assisted us with the Clean-up on the river while the land team scouted the Larey Storey Park area for litter.

Regular river boaties and  those who enjoyed their first time on the river are keener than ever to have wider community appreciation and enjoyment from Logan's greatest natural water asset.

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WWD 2013: Wetlands and Water Management

Last Updated on 07 March 2013

              Seppo wetlands2013     World Wetlands Day 2 February 2013

                   Wetlands and Water Management.

                     Wetlands are not wastelands.

The key objective of World Wetlands Day 2013 is to raise people's awareness of the interdependence between water and wetlands, to highlight ways to ensure the equitable sharing of water between different stakeholder groups and to understand that without wetlands there will be no water.

Cartoon by Seppo - Finnish environmentalist.

The importance of wetlands to the world has been recognized in the international Ramsar Convention signed in 1971. Wetlands  include lakes and rivers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands and peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, near-shore marine areas, mangroves and coral reefs, and human-made sites such as fish ponds, rice paddies, reservoirs, and salt pans. There are 163 contracting countries and area governed by wise use protocol is 197,347,539 hectares.

 Moreton Bay in SEQ south east Queensland is number 631 joined since 22 October 1993. See complete site list here.

This makes the health of Logan and Albert Rivers doubly significant as they contribute to the health or otherwise of Moreton Bay. Unfortunately the Healthy Waterways Report Card for these waterways is lower than acceptable ie not healthy.

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