Great Sandy Biosphere workshop

GYMPIE residents can get involved with the Great Sandy Biosphere, which will be discussed at a workshop 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 network.

Chairman of the Burnett Mary Regional Group, which is hosting the workshop, Dr Evelyne Meier said it was up to the entire community to decide how to make the Man and the Biosphere concept 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 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 answers.

Dr Meier said it would help to identify common concerns about what was important to our community, challenge us to think about underlying obstacles and identify the processes and systems to address the 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?” she asked.

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.”

The workshop will be held from 1- 5pm, Monday September 27 at the Fossicker’s room in the Gympie Civic Centre, Mellor Streest.

Cost is $10 per person and bookings can be made by contacting Carl Moller, Burnett Mary Regional Group by phoning 4181 2999 with ext 118 or emailing

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