A BIODIVERSITY and sustainability forum being held at Flinders on Sunday 11 April will hear from a range of speakers about issues vital to the health and preservation of the Mornington Peninsula’s natural environment.
Organised by the Friends of Flinders Coastline group, the forum in Flinders Hall will also provide a venue for community groups to share details about their activities with the public.
Speakers at the forum are:
Maxwell Campbell, president of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria, will speak about how humans effect biodiversity, especially among invertebrates. A biologist and educator, Mr Campbell is a macro photographer and microscopist with a special interest in video microscopy.
Jo-Anne Tetteroo, Mornington Peninsula Shire’s natural systems strategy coordinator, will speak about her role in implementing the shire’s Biodiversity Conservation Plan and protecting the peninsula’s natural landscapes, ecosystems and biodiversity.
Kim Cott, environmental ranger at Mornington Peninsula National Park, currently works at Greens Bush, Flinders and Coolart
As the Parks Victoria’s senior marine ranger at Western Port and Port Phillip region Thierry Rolland oversees management of the coastal reserves and the three marine national parks in Western Port, and the Mushroom Reef marine sanctuary, Flinders.
Chantal Morton coordinates 11 groups in the Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network and is passionate about natural resource management, helping Landcare groups and the broader community build capacity for “positive land stewardship”.
Lionel Lauch is a Gunditjmara Kirrae Warrung-Bundjalung man who heads Living Culture, a non-profit organisation providing Indigenous educational programs which include sharing his knowledge of bush tucker and medicinal plants.
Ecological consultant and natural systems teacher Gidja Walker will speak about the complexities of the peninsula’s natural environment.
The biodiversity and sustainability forum runs at 9am-1.30pm Sunday 11 April in Flinders Civic Hall (registrations 8.30am). All welcome. Contact Mark Aarons 0407 093 620 or Ashley Fraser 0411 839 483.