ON THE TRAIL: Today's Environment Forum will look at the bird trails of Cooloola.
ON THE TRAIL: Today's Environment Forum will look at the bird trails of Cooloola. Claudia Baxter

Forum to hear of bird trails of Cooloola

GUEST speaker at today's Friday Environment Forum at the Environment Centre, Wallace Park, Noosaville will be Amelia Nielsen.

Amelia and Kelvin Nielsen formed not-for-profit Cooloola Nature in 1999 and began conducting fauna surveys for rural landowners and government bodies.

They subsequently developed fauna listings and brochures to support their work.

They have observed that few regions of Queensland have the diversity of habitat and fauna that Cooloola has to offer.

"From rainforest to open forest, mangroves to mudflats, heathlands to wetlands, Cooloola has it all," Amelia said.

Their current focus is the Bird Trails of Cooloola project designed to promote Avi-Tourism in the region.

Amelia's talk is free and open to all and starts at 10.30am.

Skate park upgrade

MANY of our local residents attend not just skateparks in our district, but venture down to the Sunshine Beach Skatepark located adjacent to the Noosa Aquatic Centre.

The park is in need of upgrading, and Noosa Shire Council and skatepark design company Convic are inviting residents to put forward their ideas on the design of the upgrade.

A public meeting to gather input from the community will be held at the Sunshine Beach Skate Park at the end of Girraween Court from 1-5pm on Saturday, April 23.

There will also be skating tricks competitions with a chance to win one of $700 worth of prizes.

All ideas will be recorded and then be considered in the new design for the upgrade.

Noosa Council's Planning and Infrastructure Project Officer Dallas Bickley said the existing skate park was 13 years old and was need of an upgrade to provide a safe and exciting skating location for young people.

"We want to make sure that what we design is safe but also what kids here want," he said.

"We really encourage skaters and their parents to come along to the meeting and put their ideas on the table."

For more information, please visit yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au or contact (07) 5329 6500 or email Council mail@noosa.qld.gov.au

Handy hints

POMONA & District Community House is presenting a Handy Hints & Tips Workshop next Wednesday from 9.30-11.30am.

Presented by Jan Wise and Heather Manders, the workshop will cover simple recipes, quick handmade gifts, household hints, and other great ideas.

Entry is gold coin donation and includes morning tea.

Bookings for catering purposes to 5485 2427.

Venue is the Lawson Shed, next door to the Pomona Community House in Memorial Ave.

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