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    • 8 Feb 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • online only via Zoom
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    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Regional Waterways Health Partnerships are an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, with links to the Reef Water Quality Report Card and Water Quality Improvement Plan. Five partnerships operate within the wider Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region. They are a collaboration among government, industry, natural resource management, agriculture, traditional owners, research, community and other organisations – working towards a common goal of monitoring and improving waterway health entering the GBR lagoon. The annual report cards provide local communities with an independent, credible, evidence-based assessment of condition and trends in an easily understood format.

    The Wet Tropics Waterways Partnership was launched in 2016, and has since delivered six report cards. Our goal is to monitor waterway health across the region and bring the community together to raise awareness, share ideas and take appropriate action to enhance our waterways. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the various GBR report cards and how they operate and link together. The remainder of the presentation will provide an overview of the Wet Tropics partnership, including some of our recent achievements in driving improved stewardship of waterways in the region.

    Biography

    Dr Steve Turton is a Councillor of the RGSQ and the Independent Chair of the Wet Tropics Waterways Partnership. He is based on the Sunshine Coast where he is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Geography at Central Queensland University and the University of the Sunshine Coast. From 2006-2016, he held a number of senior roles as Professor of Geography at James Cook University in Cairns, including Director of Research for the Rainforest Cooperative Research Centre. Steve is a former Councillor of the Institute of Australian Geographers and a former member of the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Scientific Advisory Committee. He is a Past President of the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors, Past-President of the Institute of Australian Geographers and Past-Chair of the National Committee for Geographical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science. In 2016, Steve was made a Distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Australian Geographers, and in 2017 was delighted to receive the RGSQ’s J.P. Thomson Medal, recognising outstanding contributions to geography over an extended period of time. He is currently an associate editor of Geographical Research.

    Please note: This will be a virtual lecture delivered via Zoom. The lecture link will be emailed to all registrants closer to the lecture date. The lecture may be recorded, if you have any questions, please email us at info@rgsq.org.au.


    • 1 Mar 2022
    • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • online only via Zoom
    • 89
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    RGSQ Lecture Series

    Steve Noakes, Binna Burra Lodge Chairperson, Board of Directors

    Steve Noakes coming out of the bushfire devastation at Binna Burra Lodge in September 2019.

    The Binna Burra story goes back to 1885 and the beginning of the Royal Geographic Society of Queensland (RGSC) and its President in 1896, Robert Martin Collins (1943 - 1913), one of the founders of the National Park system in Queensland.  Collins’s fought a 20 year battle to conserve the McPherson Ranges, being joined in 1911 by the then young Romeo Lahey who energetically lobbied and petitioned for a national park. Two years after Collins died the 19,035 ha Lamington National Park was declared in July 1915 – Queensland’s ninth national park. In 1930 the National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) was formed with Romeo Lahey (1887-1968) as the inaugural President (from 1930 to 1968) and Arthur Groom (1904-1953) the foundation Secretary of NPAQ. In 1933 Romeo Lahey and Arthur Groom led the formation of Binna Burra Lodge (initially the company was called Queensland Holiday Resorts). Fast-forward to 2019 and at the beginning of the Australian ‘Black Summer Bushfires’ the central lodge and pioneer cabins at Binna Burra were destroyed.  Steve’s address will link the Binna Burra story to the origins of the RGSQ, the development and management of Queensland’s national parks and the 2019 impact of the Black Summer bushfires on the legacy of early conservationists such as Collins, Lahey and Groom.

    BRIEF BIO: Steve Noakes has been involved in the tourism sector for over 40 years - acknowledged as a leading advocate for sustainable tourism practices across the Asia Pacific region. He is founder of the international project management company, Pacific Asia Tourism, Chairperson of the Board of Binna Burra Lodge in Lamington National Park, Vice President of the National Parks Association of Queensland and part owner/Director of Ecolodges Indonesia.

    Over the past 25 years he has been Team Leader or a senior technical expert on a range of international sustainable tourism projects with current projects in Timor and Indonesia. Steve is described as ‘the father’ for Asia Pacific in the development of the United Nations endorsed Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). He has been an Adjunct or Visiting Professor in sustainable tourism and adventure tourism at Universities in Australia, Norway and Finland.

    Please note: This will be a virtual lecture delivered via Zoom. The lecture link will be emailed to all registrants closer to the lecture date. The lecture may be recorded, if you have any questions, please email us at info@rgsq.org.au.



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