The Sunshine Coast & Hinterland Branch, originally known as the Caloundra Branch, came into existence in 1963, becoming the first ‘country’ Branch to be formed, due to the fact that one of the founders of the Society, Kathleen McArthur, lived in Caloundra
Rampant development along the coastal strip, and its attendant destruction of wildlife habitat has always been a major concern for the Branch, which plays an active role in lobbying for the conservation and preservation of the natural environment.
The branch was instrumental in getting Caloundra City Council to form an Environment Advisory Committee, had a great deal of input into Caloundra City Council’s Biodiversity Strategy, and pushed for the development and adoption of a Cat Management Policy. It has a good relationship with the new Sunshine Coast Regional Council, especially in regard to the Faunawatch project, which receives funding from Council’s Community Partnerships Program.
Representation and liaison
It has representation on the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Management Committee, and is a member of and liaises with, other local environment, landcare and community groups.
Major project is FaunaWatch, a community based fauna monitoring initiative.
Another is ongoing regular maintenance for a completed revegetation and restoration project at a conservation reserve on the coast.
In 2008 the branch applied for and was successful in obtaining funding from Queensland’s 150th anniversary project (Q150) to produce a DVD, “When the Mind Opens, the Flowers Bloom”, commemorating co-founder Kathleen McArthur’s conservation activities.
|Address||PO Box 275 Caloundra Qld 4551|
|Meetings||Third Thursday of the Month (not December), 7:00pm at the Parish Centre, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Edmund Street, Caloundra|