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You asked us

At our recent launch event, an interactive engagement tool allowed participants to ask questions. Some of those were answered on the day, and others will be answered via our newsletter, website and social media in the coming few months.

In summary, your questions covered issues specific to the habitat, ecosystems and wildlife to Moreton Bay, particularly in relation to human impacts. You also asked what role we will play in relation to these issues, in relation to other groups, what area we’ll cover and how we will work to broker knowledge.

Your input has given us rich insight and will shape our future direction. Some of the answers and current research can be found in the Moreton Bay Quandamooka and Catchment book that was released during the launch.  It is available for purchase in hard copy, view online (free) or download PDF (free).

A few questions answered this issue:

Marine mammals

Q. What is the main cause of death of our marine animals in the bay and what strategies can we look at to change this?

A.    Other than natural causes, habitat loss and resultant loss of food sources; and habitat degradation from reduced water quality are the greatest threats. Entanglement in fishing lines and hooks and boat strike also contribute.

Significant water quality improvements have been achieved with upgrades to sewage treatment plants, and a focus is now occurring on waterway health, stormwater run-off and practices that reduce sediment delivery to the bay.

Good planning and evidence-based decision making are required to prevent further habitat loss.

Speed limits, corrodible fishing hooks and other responsible fishing practices need to continue to be promoted. Learn more in the Ecology of the marine mammals of Moreton Bay chapter of the book Moreton Bay Quandamooka and Catchment.


Q. Question for (board director) Cameron. Is there a masterplan or vision for what tourism on straddie will look like 20 years from now?

A. QYAC has a strategy for sustainable tourism for Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) within its broader vision for the future of tourism on Quandamooka Country. You can view the five year strategy here: Tourism for a Glad Tomorrow.

The strategy places ecological and cultural sustainability as the primary requirement for tourism on Quandamooka country. This is essential because it is estimated that $3.8 million people visit the broader Moreton bay region annually – that’s more than the Great Barrier Reef! The current status of tourism in the region is covered in the Tourism in the Moreton Bay Region chapter of the book Moreton Bay Quandamooka and Catchment.

TMBF's role

Q. What is the justification for TMBF as regional organisations already exist e.g. HLW, SEQCMA? How does TMBF propose to communicate and interact and partner with the existing catchment groups / Brisbane Catchments Network?

A. Our role is to be an independent voice for Moreton Bay, a facilitator of collaborative research, and a conduit to increased philanthropic and corporate investment to underpin those objectives.

The Moreton Bay Foundation (TMBF) appreciates the role that the many organisations, groups and individuals are playing in South East Queensland that contribute to the health of Moreton Bay. TMBF and its members have close ties with HLW and many local community groups and intends to facilitate collaboration and support existing activities as there is much work that needs to be done.

Gaps in knowledge were identified through our Expert Scientific Forum, and partners indicated they’d like to see TMBF assist in filling those, including: determining the carrying capacity of the Bay, raising awareness of the Bay’s values including those of traditional owners, and providing management agencies with research data to help inform their decisions.


Thank you Faileen

At the recent AGM, Board Chair Rob Siganto delivered a vote of thanks to outgoing Executive Development Office Faileen James. Faileen has worked tirelessly in support of the establishment of The Moreton Bay Foundation since its inception in 2018. As Company Secretary, Faileen has been an integral part of registering the company and the necessary legal, governance and compliance matters TMBF requires to ensure a solid foundation is in place. Notably, Faileen oversaw the planning and preparation of our highly successful launch.

Faileen remains a very strong supporter and Friend of Moreton Bay – we wish her well for new adventures.

Annual General Meeting

The annual report is now on the web site and can be found here: 2018–2019 Annual Report

Directors were returned at the AGM, and the Chair and committee chairs elected by the Board at a following meeting:
  • Rob Siganto (Chair)
  • John Goodman (Chair of Fundraising Committee)
  • Ian Tibbetts (Chair of Research Advisory Committee)
  • James Goodman was elected, and Cameron Costello & Meta Goodman remain as directors.

What’s on


Moreton Bay Research Station Open Day 2019

The University of Queensland is celebrating the 57th Anniversary of the MBRS on Saturday 30 November 2019. Meet the scientists and learn about the work being done from Moreton Bay Research Station.
  • Free Moreton Bay discovery cruises – Education Queensland
  • Traditional knowledge sharing – Goompi Trail
  • Live animal show – Gecko Wildlife
  • Art workshops with Reverse Garbage
  • Research talks about work being done from MBRS
Saturday, 30 November 2019, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
37 Fraser Street, Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island
Cost: Free (children must be accompanied by an adult)

Visit the MBRS Open Day 2019 web page, download the Open Day flyer (PDF 946KB) or contact UQ for more info:
Phone: (07) 3409 9058

Apply to be an intern or volunteer

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