National Parks & EcoTourism Forum

National Parks & EcoTourism Forum

Queensland has the lowest percentage of national parks and protected areas in Australia. At 5 % of land area, our State Government has a long…National Parks & EcoTourism Forum was last modified: May 13th, 2021 by Anna Itkonen

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Gecko Talks – 26th May in Currumbin RSL – Mosquitoes are Important

Gecko Talks – 26th May in Currumbin RSL – Mosquitoes are Important

GECKO TALKS-Dr. Skinner is a disease ecologist and a post doctoral researcher at prestigious Stanford University in the USA. She is now based in the Gold Coast. In her talk for the monthly event, organized by Gecko Environment Council for the Gold Coast, Dr. Skinner will focus on the relation between climate change, our environment and mosquito’s. Visit www.gecko.org.au to book a seat

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Gecko Talks 24th March – The Iconic Platypus

Gecko Talks 24th March – The Iconic Platypus

“The platypus is one of the most unique species in the world,” says Emily Vincent of environmental organisation Watergum, who will be Gecko’s guest speaker. The egg-laying mammal is endemic to the east coast of Australia, including Tasmania, populating our freshwater creeks and waterways. Gecko Talks 24th March in Currumbin RSL – see www.cecko.org.au for details

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Gecko Talks-Bats are Beneficial-24th February at Currumbin RSL

Gecko Talks-Bats are Beneficial-24th February at Currumbin RSL

Maria, who is the Education Coordinator for Bats Queensland (and who is also a Law Professor at Bond University), will speak at Gecko Talks on February 24th at Currumbin RSL. The bat enthusiast will shine her light on the supposed role of bats in the spread of Covid-19. “It is because different species of animals were crammed together in the wet market in Wuhan, that transmission could take place. Although bats cannot transmit Covid-19 directly to humans, we must be mindful that habitats are shrinking, which means that species that normally would not interact in the wild are more likely to do so, thereby increasing the probability of intra species viral transmission.. One more reason to give animals the space they need.” 24th February 6.45pm Currumbin RSL. Book in through www.gecko.org.au

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Clean Up Australia Day is happening in March 2021

Clean Up Australia Day is happening in March 2021

Gecko has coordinated Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast together with City of Gold Coast for over two decades. The general community, schools and businesses are encouraged to get involved before, during and after this inspirational annual event.

How to get involved during the event

1) Register a clean up site at Clean Up Australia Day website. This can be any area you think is in need of a clean up; a neighbouring street, a park across the road from work or maybe the grassy strip along your morning walk. If you have any problems registering or choosing a site, get in touch with our Clean Up team at Gecko and we will help you. See gecko.org.au/events/clean up Australia

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Gecko’s Xmas Break details

Gecko’s Xmas Break details

Gecko will be closed for a Xmas break 2pm 11th December, re-opening 10am 4th January 2021. Best wishes to all; have a green Xmas as you live in the environment, care for it as best you can.

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Gecko Talks 16th December- Caring for Koalas

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.

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Gecko Talks-Eco Village Celebrates 15 years Existence

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

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

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.

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

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.

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