Get Inspired


Inspiring and educational, Gecko Talks are environmentally themed public talks presented by leading experts and leaders in their fields. Guaranteed to inspire and offered free of charge on the fourth Wednesday of the month, February through to November at Currumbin RSL.

Join us at 6.45pm for a 7.00pm start or come earlier and socialise with others for dinner at the RSL beside the picturesque Currumbin Creek. Located at 165 Duringan Street, Currumbin and for directions see the map below.

Currumbin RSL

Upcoming and past Talks.

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Gecko Talks – Seedling or Weedling?

Gecko Talks – Seedling or Weedling? Expand the Bush by Knowing the Difference Gecko Talks – September 25th at Currumbin RSL Many Gold Coasters volunteer  their time conducting bush regeneration and removing environmental weeds to…
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Gecko Talks-The Spit Master Plan-24 July 2019

GeckoTalks-24 July in Currumbin RSL - Following 18 months of consultation with the community and key stakeholders, The Spit master plan was released by the Queensland Government on 25 May 2018. The Spit master plan…
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Gecko Talks-22 August 2018-The Opera of Existence

“Earthman” John Palmer OAM, is an experienced environmental educator with four decades of experience and knowledge of Australian natural environment, local bushtucker, nature tours and Indigenous Australia. He is, and has always been, truly one…

Gecko Talks-Glimpses of Africa-25 July

When a leading local environmentalist says her trip to Africa was probably one of her best holidays ever, you can bet she’ll have a rich story to tell of the trip. Lois Levy, founding president…

26th October 2016 – Who doesn’t love dolphins?

Coastal dolphins are keystone indicators of marine environmental health and are highly vulnerable to threats and environmental changes. Despite their charismatic nature, we know relatively little about the dolphins that live along our coastlines. Since…
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22nd June 2016 – Guardians of the rescues

Reports of stranded whales capture our attention as we wait anxiously for news and hope for success. Why do strandings take place and how do rescuers go about saving these animals? The Marine Mammal Medic…
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27th April 2016 – Sustainable Event Management

Events are a fun and effective way of sharing ideas, spreading messages and bringing communities and industries together. Nevertheless they can leave a significant environmental footprint – energy and water consumption, generating waste and polluting…
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24th February 2016 – Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast

Speaker: Rowley Goonan Organisation: Wild Bird Rescues Gold Coast The abundant waterways and the popularity of fishing on the Gold Coast mean that entanglements of birds is a common occurrence, and therefore, a huge problem. Wild Bird Rescues…
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22nd July 2015 – Humpbacks and Highrises

Humpbacks and Highrises Humpbacks & Highrises established in 2011 is the only independent research organisation on the Gold Coast investigating marine mammals in south-east Queensland Who:  Dr MeyneckeWhen: 22nd June, 6.30pm for networking meet and…
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24th June 2015 – Let’s Talk Food

In 2009, the Food Connect Foundation was launched to increase the scope of the fair food movement internationally and across Australia. Who: Robert Pekin When: 24th June, 6.30pm for networking meet and greet. Presentation begins…

27th May 2015 – Fight for the Reef

The Reef is under threat from a range factors, from pollution, crown of thorns starfish and overfishing, to bigger issues such as climate change. Who: Gemma Plesman When: 27th May, 6.30pm for networking meet and…
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25th March 2015 – Koalas in Chaos

Dr. Douglas Kerlin, Chief Ecologist at the AKF, will discuss the AKF’s work, including the Koala Habitat Atlas project, and current studies on the value of the Koala to tourism and the evidence of historic…
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25th February 2015 – Climate Reality Gold Coast

If current trends continue, Australians will start to pay the price of global warming in the things we value most, such as health, food security, lifestyle and biodiversity. Who: Facilitator: Samantha Morris, Blank Gold Coast…

How We Keep Queensland Beautiful

Originally established 43 years ago in Brisbane as the Queensland branch of ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’, ‘Keep Queensland Beautiful’ is now a fully matured, dynamic and independent entity in its own right, and what an evolution…
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The Real Paradise – Gold Coast Native Wildlife

Delightful pictures of our local wildlife are always a winner and this month’s Guest Speaker is no exception at Gecko- Gold Coast and Hinterland’s (Gecko) next Guest Speaker Night at 6.30pm on Wednesday 27th November.…
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Ian Black – Geology Rocks at Gecko

Gecko’s is excited to announce the next guest speaker night on Wednesday the 24th of October at 6:30pm from keen nature lover and Gold Coast geology enthusiast, Ian Black. Owner and founder of Geo Nature…

Mara Bun, CEO Green Cross Australia

On Wednesday 27th June we welcomed Mara Bun, CEO of Green Cross Australia as guest speaker. We enjoyed an interesting evening, Mara discussed the Green Cross Australia organisation & its role in helping people adapt…
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George Lewis, Lifelong Birdwatcher

George Lewis, Lifelong Birdwatcher and Production Editor for the Annual Gold Coast Birdwatchers' Magazine George showed us fantastic pictures of the birds of Currumbin Estuary, and told us where to spot them.