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BirdLife Australia - Act for Birds

Community Forum, Geelong

Date: Tuesday 17 July 

Time:  6pm for a 6:30 start (8:30 finish)

Venue: Beav's Bar, 77/79 Little Malop Street, Geelong

Guest speakers: John Newman (Geelong Field Naturalist Club), Bruce Lindsay (Environmental Justice Australia) and Connie Lee (BirdLife Migratory Shorebird Program Coordinator) 

Amid the continued uncertainty around the fate of Moolap, it's clear our nature laws are failing to protect the birds we love and the habitat that they rely upon. To secure a safe future for our threatened birds, we need to strengthen our nature laws. Come along to Beav's Bar to join BirdLife Australia, the Geelong Field Naturalists Club, the Victorian National Parks Association and Environmental Justice Australia for a public meeting about coastal birds and how we do (or don’t) protect them.

You'll hear about efforts to secure a management plan for Moolap that would meet the needs of the threatened birds that depend on it, including the Curlew Sandpiper, Red Necked Stint, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Fairy Tern. We'll talk about where the plan is at now, and why that's not good enough. You'll also get an overview of bird conservation issues around the Bellarine Peninsula.

BirdLife Australia is calling for stronger national nature laws that genuinely protect our wonderful birds and their precious habitats. Across the environmental movement as a whole we're starting to see the extinction crisis getting the national media attention it deserves, but our real power to secure stronger nature laws – and better outcomes for birds - lies in the stories and voices of local bird-lovers from around the country.

Part of our Act for Birds campaign that has toured across the country as far as Cairns, Perth and Hobart, this community forum will be a chance to get an update on local bird conservation campaigning, learn how national environmental laws impact bird conservation, and join a lively Q and A with the experts in the room. 

This will be a great opportunity for Geelong locals passionate about birds, sustainability and environmental law to connect with one another, come up with ideas of your own, and take action together for the places and birds you love! 

Licensed venue - snack food will be provided. 

 

 This event is co-hosted with the Victorian National Parks Association and the Geelong Field Naturalists Club

This event is co-hosted with the Victorian National Parks Association and the Geelong Field Naturalists Club

 
Current environment laws are vulnerable to politicisation, which is pushing so many of our native birds towards extinction. They are weak, and often not properly enforced, and are failing to protect the birds and places we love. We need a new framework that can be strongly and independently implemented.
— Brendan Sydes - CEO, Environmental Justice Australia