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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Helping Powerful Owls Through Citizen Science Gecko Talks – Wednesday, August 26 at Currumbin RSL Australia’s largest owl, the threatened Powerful Owl, should be living throughout the Gold Coast. With much of its habitat destroyed in the recent fires and impacted by land clearing, a study to learn about its local whereabouts urgently needs your help. Dr Rob Clemens, Powerful Owl Project Coordinator […]
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.
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.