Biosphere role under examination

THE role you can play in a future for the Great Sandy Biosphere will be discussed at a workshop in Gympie later this month.

The Great Sandy region, including Gympie and Cooloola, received international recognition last year when UNESCO accepted it into the Man and Biosphere Concept Program.

Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) chairman, Dr Evelyne Meier, said it was up to the entire community to decide how to make the Man and the Biosphere concept program a success.

“We need to ask ourselves – how can we use this status to create a more sustainable future to promote harmony between people, businesses and nature?” she said.

“It is all about improving the liveability of where we live.”

The workshop will use a cutting edge process developed by the University of Queensland to help our community find the answers.

Gympie Regional Council Mayor Ron Dyne said council had been working closely with BMRG to help identify opportunities for the community and industry associated with the Biosphere and was pleased to partner with that organisation to offer this workshop in our Region.

“The workshop will help to identify common concerns – what is important to our community, challenge us to think about the underlying obstacles and identify the processes and systems to address these concerns.

“For example, if we have more nature based visitors, how will this affect existing businesses, and how could they best cater for this increase?

“Or, do we have the required infrastructure in place? Could an existing business reduce its environmental footprint and save money in the process?”

Dr Meier said the process had worked well in other Biospheres overseas.

“The purpose of this meeting is not to create another plan, or duplicate existing community consultation, it is to find out from you what you want for your community, and for you to become familiar with the man and the biosphere concept,” she said.

The workshop will be held from 1pm to 5pm on Monday, September 27 at the Fossicker's Room, Gympie Civic Centre, Mellor Street.

Cost is $10 per person. To book contact Carl Moller, Burnett Mary Regional Group 4181 2999 ext 118 or email: Carl.Moller@bmrg.org.au

Gympie Times


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