Logan Eco Forum
The Logan Eco Forum was held on Friday 27th October 2017 at the Beenleigh Events Centre with the theme 'Connect to Nature'.
The purpose of the day was to explore the many ways we can connect to nature, how this benefits us as individuals and as a community, and to showcase Council's environmental initiatives in this area.
During the day there were a variety of presentations from experts in the field as well as opportunities for the audience to contribute their own ideas and experiences on how as a community they could lead the way in connecting to nature.
There were approximately 100 attendees who participated in the engagement sessions throughout the day which included an open panel discussion session to allow collaboration and feedback. Community feedback received during the day was collated on story boards around the room and through an online feedback poll and survey.
Outcomes from the engagement activities held during the day are summarised in the story board which included the following key messages:
- the community support working across boundaries and at a whole of catchment level to deliver the best possible future;
- engaging the community especially young people through nature pursuits, environmental restoration and/or outdoor schools is essential;
- conservation actions should include river revegetation, litter management, wildlife friendly initiatives, pest management and supporting resident stewardship,
- balancing development with environmental outcomes needs to be a focus and include community education, green space connectivity, transportation/walkability solutions, social media marketing, promotion of recreational green spaces and developing community pride.
In an online poll, over 90% of respondents indicated that the Eco Forum met their expectations and that they would attend a future Eco Forum if available.
In the follow-up survey, respondents reflected on some of their personal Eco Forum highlights:
- "connecting with people who are passionate about many features of our environment";
- "great presenters and lots of positive and good information to take away - how we can all get involved and do our bit";
- "very well organised with informative and entertaining presenters"; and
- "the inspirational stories and positive conversations about getting back to nature and preserving it for the future". Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the day. The key outcomes of the forum will assist in informing Logan City Council's future environmental projects and activities.