Education Projects

GroNATIVE – A new app to improve Queensland’s biodiversity

Year: 2016 / 2017
Project Type: 
Innovative Technology, Conservation

Natura Pacific, partnering with Griffith University, was successfully awarded a grant to create a brand new app for south-east Queensland. As part of the Labor Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ initiative, this project seeks to provide innovative and exciting new technology for people in south-east Queensland to bring back native vegetation.

From private urban gardens to landscape-scale bush regeneration projects, the app uses post code geo-location, pre-clearing remnant ecosystem data and tailor made gardening styles to allow people to hand-pick a planting palette that will flourish in their chosen area.  The app promotes the use of native plants in order to bring back biodiversity, reduce the occurrence of garden escapes becoming new environmental weeds and provide a linking corridor of vegetation that will ‘re-green’ our region in the face of our changing climate.

GroNATIVE is due to be launched in early 2017 and will be free to download.

The Melaleuca irbyana Project, Queensland

Year: 2016
Project Type:
Endangered Species Management, Conservation

Natura Pacific is working alongside Lendlease, Logan City Council, Department of Defence, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to harvest the seed of Melaleuca irbyana in south-east Queensland.

This species is listed as ‘Endangered’ under the Queensland State Government’s Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006. It is also the keystone species in a nationally threatened ecosystem called ‘Swamp Tea-tree Forest of south-east Queensland’ which is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Natura Pacific is now helping to ensure its continued survival in the wild and to reconnect fragmented Swamp Tea-tree Forest with propagated individuals grown at QUT and the Arthur Gorrie centre. The project involves many different parts of the community in a collaborative effort to bring back this important and enigmatic species from extinction. It is hoped that 4,000 new trees will be planted in and around the plant’s native range of Logan shire and Ipswich thanks to the vision of this project. Data collected during this project will also help QUT students to improve threatened species propagation techniques.

The Waterways Field Guide – An Initiative of Gold Coast Waterwatch

Year: 2015 / 2016
Project Type: 
Environmental Education, Education Resource Development

The Waterways Field Guide Project was a joint initiative between Natura Education, City of Gold Coast and Gold Coast Waterwatch which produced four practical, informative and colourful field guides for students and community groups to use while exploring our waterways.  This project brought together well-researched information on all aspects of the waterways of south-east Queensland and right along Australia’s east coast, including Water Bugs, Water Habitats, Riparian Vegetation and Water-dependent Life Cycles.

This is the first set of field guides of its kind to help students navigate their way through the complex riparian environment while learning the signifcant role these areas play in the health of our environment as a whole. The quality of this new educational resource was also recognised through the project’s nomination as a finalist in the 2016 Healthy Waterways Awards.

Gold Coast Waterwatch

Year: 2009 to Current
Project Type: Water Quality Monitoring, Environmental Education, Community Engagement

Natura Pacific has successfully coordinated this program since 2009 which has included lifting participation rates from an average of 1,700 students per annum to 3,096 in the first year to 4,809 students the following year, on the same budget. In 2010 the Gold Coast Waterwatch program was awarded the ‘Veolia Water Australia – School Award’ at the Queensland Healthy Waterways Awards and was a finalist in the awards in 2011 and 2012. Also in 2012, the Gold Coast Waterwatch Program was announced as the Australia/Oceania regional winner of the World Water Monitoring “Water Champion” Award.

Wipe Out Waste Education Program, City of Gold Coast

Year: 2011 to Current
Project Type: Waste Management, Environmental Education,  Community Engagement

Since 2011 Natura Pacific has successfully coordinated and implemented the City of Gold Coast Community Waste Education Program. This included 21 different lessons delivered to over 80 different schools and early learning centres across the Gold Coast region annually. The program focuses on recycling, reducing waste to landfill, composting, worm farming, green energy alternatives, reducing plastic bag usage and awareness of packaging with a view to litterless lunches. The lessons are conducted in a purpose built mobile classroom and each lesson requires a selection of specially chosen materials to engage the students.

Over 30,000 students participate in this program with our team every year.

Ripley Valley Gas Line Flora and Fauna Management Plan, Queensland

Year: 2014
Project Type: Ecological Assessment, Environmental Planning, Environmental Legislative Requirements

Natura Pacific was engaged to undertake a vegetation and fauna survey and provide a report for the installation of a proposed gas pipeline in Ripley Valley Qld. In addition to this, a full review of the planning documentation required by determining government authorities was undertaken to ensure that the proposal met or exceeded all statutory requirements where they pertained to the protection of the flora and fauna potentially impacted by the proposal. On-ground surveys undertook a full fauna and flora assessment, including individual assessment of all trees with a diameter at breast height of greater than 40cm, with all survey information transferred to comprehensive maps of the site. The recommendations made to the client detailed protective measures and methodologies for all aspects of the proposal including issues such as installation methods, vegetation and habitat management actions, vegetation and significant flora protection, auguring and tunnel boring procedures, tree protection safety fencing and root zone disturbance, fauna management actions and sediment control.

Pimpama River Catchment Study Guide

Year: 2013
Project Type: Environmental Education, Community Engagement

The Pimpama River Catchment Study Guide rolls together information on catchment health, environmental processes, cultural significance, water quality, catchment health assessment and monitoring procedures in a ‘user-friendly’ format for teachers and students. It also provides lesson plans including a catchment tour for teachers and students and work booklets for students from years 3 to 10 which are based on school curriculum.

The Natura Pacific team developed and compiled this environmental education guide and the included education booklets, which is now used by many school teachers to assist with developing lesson plans that meet the curriculum mandated requirements that can be readily met by environmental studies.

Nerang River Catchment Study Guide

Year: 2011
Project Type: Environmental Education, Community Engagement

The Nerang River Catchment Study Guide rolls together information on catchment health, environmental processes, cultural significance, water quality, catchment health assessment and monitoring procedures in a ‘user-friendly’ format for teachers and students. It also provides lesson plans including a catchment tour for teachers and students and work booklets for students from years 3 to 10 which are based on school curriculum.

The Natura Pacific team developed and compiled this environmental education guide and the included education booklets, which is now used by many school teachers to assist with developing lesson plans that meet the curriculum mandated requirements that can be readily met by environmental studies.

Coomera River Workshop, Drawing and Calendar Series

Year: 2011
Project Type: Environmental Education, Community Engagement

Natura Pacific coordinated this environmental education program to increase awareness and understanding of catchment health and the importance of our day-to-day activities in our environment. The program was also designed to inspire students about the significance of their local environment. The program sought students to draw pictures of what their perception of their catchment was and what it meant to them. Apart from prizes, winning students from each school also had their drawing included in a calendar that was designed and published in association with the Gold Coast City Council and distributed to Government Departments and schools in south east Queensland.

South Stradbroke Island Nature-Based Recreation Strategy

Year: 2010
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Nature-Based Recreation, Environmental Education, Sustainable and Eco Research, Community Engagement

This strategy was developed by Natura Pacific to balance the demands for nature-based tourism and recreation on South Stradbroke Island, within an ecologically sustainable management framework. Firstly, ecological values were identified, highlighted and mapped. Policies, strategies and management guidelines were then developed and incorporated into the decision making process with regards to zoning of tourism and recreational uses on the island.

South Stradbroke Island Environmental Education Strategy

Year: 2010
Project Type: Nature Based Recreation, Environmental Education, Community Engagement

Natura Pacific developed this strategy to provide an environmental education framework to enable the Gold Coast City Council to utilise the natural values of South Stradbroke Island and deliver environmental education programs to meet its environmental education goals. Key stakeholders were engaged and policies, strategies and management guidelines were developed and incorporated into the decision making process with regards to environmental education programs, resources, infrastructure and staging.

Community Engagement Toolkit for the SEQ National Reserve System

Year: 2009 / 2010
Project Type: Environmental Education, Community Engagement

The Natura Pacific team developed a Community Engagement Toolkit for the South East Queensland National Reserve System (SEQ NRS) which incorporates parks and reserves of National Significance across 11 Council areas. The Community Engagement Toolkit was the first of its kind in Australia for the National Reserve System and incorporates specific engagement activities that government organisations use to inform the public about the SEQ NRS and about the values associated with the reserves located within it.

Community Engagement and Environmental Education – Pulau Banyak, Indonesia

Year: 2008 / 2009
Project Type: Management and Monitoring, Environmental Education, Community Engagement

Natura Pacific developed and implemented a number of projects for Yayasan Pulau Banyak, a non-Government organisation in the Aceh region of Indonesia. These included: a solid waste management strategy and community engagement program; a “Teach the Teachers” environmental training program for Local Government, community groups and schools; and development of a curriculum-based environmental education programs for local school children.

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