Gecko are holding their 32nd Annual General Meeting on October 16th and would like to invite all to attend this event to hear about the activities Gecko has been involved with over the past year and welcome in our new Committee. If you believe you possess the skill and passion to serve on our management committee, we would be happy to receive your nomination by our closing date on October 1st. Nomination forms are available at Gecko Reception. Gecko would like to cordially invite all their members* to attend and vote in the new committee for 2021 – 2022. After our AGM, we will be holding a trivia night hosted by Captain Plastic (aka Anthony Hill). This promises to be a fun filled evening. Refreshments will be served. Visit gecko.org.au for more information
Gecko Talks, 22nd September in curru8mbin RSL. Narelle and Damian have been observing Dragonflies and Damselflies around the coast for well over 30 years, and will be sharing with us their wealth of knowledge on these species’ life history, habitats, diversity and the ticks behind telling them apart. Visit www.gecko.org.au to book your seat and see more information
Paul Revie, an ecologist and zoologist, founded the Quoll Society of Australia to safeguard the spotted-tailed quoll in southern Queensland. His team of enthusiastic volunteers are mapping the last remaining healthy population of spotted-tailed quolls in the region. Gecko Talks is to be held in Currumbin RSL 28th July; see gecko.org.au on how to book your seat.
Dr Laura Grogan, from Griffith University, along with her research team, will be speaking about the effects of amphibian chytridiomycosis – a devastating fungal skin disease – and how the disease has led to the decline and extinction of many amphibian species globally. For more info visit www.gecko.org.au
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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
“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
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.