Gecko Talks 16th December- Caring for Koalas

Dr Michael Pyne, Senior Vet of Currumbin Wildlife Hospital will be speaking at Gecko Talks on 16 December at Currumbin RSL. Gecko Talks is a monthly guest speaker event, organized by Gecko Environment Council for the Gold Coast. This December the Talk is not held on the usual 4th Wednesday, but earlier on Wednesday 16 December. Bookings essential through web site Eventsbrite link as numbers are limited.

Gecko Talks-Eco Village Celebrates 15 years Existence

The Ecovillage in Currumbin is a modern international award-winning sustainable community located in south-east Queensland, Australia. The 270 acre site is set in Currumbin Valley, just 7 minutes from beautiful Currumbin Beach. The village contains over 20 different types of community facilities, including a community hall, kitchen, large pizza oven, bali huts, playgrounds, oval and cafe. It is also home to some 65 resident kangaroos and numerous other Australian wildlife. Gecko Talks is on Wednesday, November 25 at Currumbin RSL. Free entrance, however a booking is necessary to comply with Covid-19 rules. Bookings via the Eventbrite link on www.gecko.org.au

Gecko Talks-Launching Turtle Watch on the Gold Coast-28th October in Currumbin RSL

The clutch of Loggerhead Turtles born at Tugun earlier this year helped inspire a local environmental scientist to launch a turtle-watch program. We want to improve the information on nesting turtles here on the Gold Coast. She will explain how you can be involved – and more about turtles in general – when she speaks at the free Gecko Talks on Wednesday, October 28. Turtle Watch will begin to fill the data gap on nesting turtles not just for the appropriate authorities but so there will be better response and reporting of local marine strandings, Ms Houlihan said. She has the support of Sea World, which rehabilitated and released the Tugun clutch, and non-profit Watergum group which is already involved in citizen science and will help train locals. Local knowledge and involvement is vital. That’s where beach walkers come in. Attend FREE Gecko Talks 28th October in Currumbin RSL. Boookings must be made through gecko.org.au.

Gecko Talks-23 September; Whale Births Boom in Gold Coast Bay

More whales with newborns were recorded in our Gold Coast waters than ever, according to Dr Olaf Meynecke, Griffith University marine scientist and whale researcher.This is just one reason why he is a passionate advocate for the health of our ocean—particularly what he terms Gold Coast Bay—and its importance for us and our local economy. Hear more at Gecko Talks 23 September in Currumbin RSL. Due to COVID-19 booking necessary through web site www.gecko.org.au.

24th October – Gecko’s Annual General Meeting

On Saturday 24th October 2020, Gecko Environment Council Assoc Inc (Gecko) will be holding our 31st Annual General Meeting at 6:30pm in Gecko House, and cordially invite all our members to attend. We hope you will attend this event, hear about all the activities Gecko has been involved with over the past year and welcome in our new Committee for 2020-2021. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to catching up with friends and members old and new. Please contact office@gecko.org.au or telephone 55341412 for any enquiries or to send a proxy vote. Due to current Covid restrictions attendance will be limited to 30 people so please RSVP

Gecko Talks-25 March-Helping Powerful Owls Through Citizen Science

Australia’s largest owl, the threatened Powerful Owl, should be living in the Gold Coast. With much of its habitat destroyed in the recent fires, and impacted by land clearing, a study to learn more about its local whereabouts urgently needs your help.
Dr Rob Clemens, Powerful Owl Project Coordinator for Bird Life Australia, will discuss this, and more about owls, when he speaks at Gecko Talks on March 25 in Currumbin RSL

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – Changes at Gecko to Help Control It

The physical and mental wellbeing of our volunteers and visitors is very important to us at Gecko. We understand that the recent outbreak of Coronavirus has had an effect on everyone’s everyday life, including visiting Gecko Office.Firstly, please visit the Australian Government website for updates, medical advice on how to keep yourself safe. The office will remain open with restricted staff; enquiries phone 55341412.

Update about City Plan 2nd February 2020

On 27th September the Gold Coast City Council called for public submissions on amendments (changes) to the planning scheme (City Plan) and established a number of pop-up information sessions at various places throughout the city. Gecko urges all residents of Gold Coast to check out these proposed changes to the City plan and put in a submission. The amendments (changes) are intended to improve the City Plan and the way our City responds to the ongoing population growth. Not everyone will agree that all amendments are an improvement and this is why your submission is vital.