Meetings

Meetings are held in the Brunswick Room, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, 52 Merthyr Road, New Farm on the first Thursday of each month except January unless otherwise specified. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:30 pm with any notices or other business. A short talk is followed by the main address. Questions are invited following both talks. Supper is provided after the meeting and a $2 donation is requested to assist with the cost of refreshments and hire of the venue.

How to get to the Brunswick Room:

  • By road / parking - The Brunswick Room is accessed using the Amity Street entrance to the complex via the walk-way from Merthyr Road. There are signs directing members to the entrance. Only limited parking is available on site but street parking is available in Merthyr Road and nearby streets including Bowen Tce and Watson Street. There aren’t any Parking Control Areas but near the intersection of Merthyr Road with Brunswick Street, there are specified parking requirements.
  • Train / bus - Travel to Fortitude Valley station then walk 305m to Brunswick Street Stop 207 near McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley and take a Route 196 bus. There is a stop directly outside 52 Merthyr Road. After 6 p.m., buses come every 15 minutes. Please check the Translink journey planner https://jp.translink.com.au/plan-your-journey/journey-planner for other options and timetables.
  • City Cat - There is a City Cat terminal at Sydney Street. It takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to 52 Merthyr Road from the terminal.

Meetings for 2019

7 March 2019

Short talk - Jo-Anne Bragg: How effective are our vegetation protection laws?. Queensland has a variety of laws intended to protect vegetation for diverse values including biodiversity. How effective is that regime? How do Commonwealth Environmental laws apply and what improvements are needed? Jo-Anne will use case examples of clearing in both northern Queensland and south east Queensland to illustrate reforms needed to protect vegetation and biodiversity effectively.

Long talk - Phil Venables and Manoela Bernardy: Birding in the world’s largest tropical wetland: the Pantanal of Brazil. This presentation is a collaboration between Manoela, drawn from her experience as a Pantanal guide, and Phil, from his perspective as a visiting Australian birder. Phil will cover how one might come to terms with the sheer number of species in the neotropics before setting foot in the field. He applied these strategies when visiting three lodges in the Pantanal in 2015 and 2018 with Manoela as his guide. Phil’s and Manoela’s presentation supports the widely held view that the Pantanal is one of the most rewarding wildlife viewing biomes in the neotropics, if not the world.

4 April 2019

2 May 2019

6 June 2019

4 July 2019

1 August 2019

5 September 2019

3 October 2019

7 November 2019

5 December 2019 (AGM)

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