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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As you may be aware, for the past seven years the Goodman Foundation and The University of Queensland have worked in partnership to support marine research and community engagement in respect of Moreton Bay, including supporting the successful Moreton Bay (Quandamooka) Forum 2016 and Biodiversity Roadshows for the public.

The 2016 Forum showed there is a great body of scientific knowledge about the Bay, documented by skilled and passionate scientists, and there are many organisations whose work covers part of the Bay’s rich tapestry, including the preservation and sustainable use of its waters and surrounds. The cultural heritage and resilience of the traditional owners of Moreton Bay was also acknowledged at the Forum.

However, the Forum also showed that the Bay does not have an independent voice to speak for it: to advise authorities on policy; to help facilitate the great efforts of the many groups that are involved in and concerned about the Bay in some way; or to be a universal point of contact for the Bay’s many stakeholders. For example, the South East Queensland Regional Plan barely mentions Moreton Bay, despite it having more visitors a year than the Great Barrier Reef! So the idea of a Moreton Bay foundation was born.

Work on the creation of The Moreton Bay Foundation (TMBF) is well advanced.  Collaboration with key stakeholders has regularly occurred, and as a result, not-for-profit registration and company incorporation of TMBF is imminent.

To seed TMBF, the Goodman Foundation has committed $850,000 as an unconditional gift, including funding TMBF’s inaugural staff expenses. The Foundation will also seek tax deductible gift recipient status for donations.
Working with key stakeholders, TMBF has also decided upon its Vision, Mission and



Moreton Bay will be an international treasure, known for its excellent environmental
health, biological diversity, and ecological sustainability, its innovative robust and resilient
economy, and its Indigenous culture and heritage.



To focus expertise, wisdom and enthusiasm for the benefit of Moreton Bay.


TMBF’s work is informed by the most robust, credible research and evidence available.

TMBF is independent and nonpartisan. It fosters informed, expert assessments of public policy proposals.

TMBF acts with integrity in all that it does. It is transparent, accountable and ethical, placing a high value on strong governance, and always acting in the strategic best interests of Moreton Bay.

TMBF collaboratively works with a broad range of stakeholders, sharing expertise and wisdom to collectively benefit Moreton Bay.
Moreton Bay is a unique jewel of biodiversity, cultural heritage, and aesthetic beauty; not on a local scale but on a world scale. We should all be concerned about preserving it, and the work of The Moreton Bay Foundation will give the Bay the voice it needs!  

We would welcome you joining our voice in protecting Moreton Bay for current and all future generations. 

To register your interest for future communications, or if you would like to give us feedback on this newsletter or your views on Moreton Bay, email We would like to hear from you, and we will add you to our electronic mailing list. 

Faileen James, Executive Development Officer, The Moreton Bay Foundation
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