Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future

The Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future, is an exciting three-day physical / online event being held in February 2021 to review what we know about the unique Pumicestone Passage and its richly diverse catchment, and how we can work together to conserve and restore this special area.

The event is being organised by a community, research, industry and government collaboration which will bring together wisdom, knowledge and know-how, galvanising interest and energy for a healthy future for the Pumicestone Passage and its catchment.

A decade after the last Pumicestone conference in 2011, this timely review will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Ramsar Convention for the Protection of International Wetlands in 1971 by highlighting the outstanding ecological values of the Pumicestone Passage as part of the Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland.


The program includes sessions on:

  • Traditional Owner knowledge
  • Terrestrial and marine habitats and species
  • Climate impacts and adaptations
  • Agriculture knowledge and science
  • Community stewardship and knowledge
  • Sustainable Development


Keynote speaker Mike Ronan (Manager Wetlands at the Department of Environment and Science) will take us on a landscape journey of the outstanding ecological values of the Pumicestone Passage and its catchment in the north of the internationally recognised Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetland and Marine Park.


The first two days will offer a broad program of presentations from researchers, farmers, Traditional Owners, practitioners, community groups, agencies, and industry who will be sharing their knowledge of traditional ecological knowledge, community science and stewardship, agricultural knowledge, and practice, marine and terrestrial habitat and species, climate change impacts and adaptation, and sustainable development.

The third day will be dedicated to collective planning of the next stage including reviewing the Pumicestone Catchment Action Plan, identifying research gaps, and reinforcing partnerships for cohesive management.


The Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021 will offer a choice of physical or online attendance depending on the allowable venue numbers at the time.

The event is designed to be relevant, accessible, and affordable to everyone with an interest in this unique part of the world. All presentations will be recorded and collated for later reference, creating an enduring legacy of Pumicestone Passage history and learning.


For more information, please contact Susie Chapman at susie.c@hlw.org.au.



  • 16-18 February 2021
  • USC Auditorium, University of the Sunshine Coast



  • 1 day General Admission – $40
  • 1 day Concession – $20
  • 1 day Online – $10



This project is supported by Healthy Land and Water, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.



The Pumicestone Catchment Convergence 2021: Insights for a healthy future is funded and organised by the following:


Day 1: Tuesday 16 February 

Day 2: Wednesday 17 February 

Day 3: Thursday 18 February 


Welcome to Country

  • Kabi Kabi First Nation – Uncle Mick Graham
  • Jinibara – Jason Murphy

Welcome to USC 

Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Helen Bartlett

Traditional Knowledge Projects

Susie Chapman (Healthy Land and Water) – host

  • Midden mapping in Pumicestone – Kerry Jones and Michael Strong (Turnstone Archaeology)
  • Cultural burning and landscape mapping – Kerry Jones
  • Mangrove rehabilitation – Bunya Bunya Country Aboriginal Corporation


Graham Webb (Sunshine Coast Council) – host

Walking the Pumicestone Landscape – Keynote speaker Mike Ronan (Manager Wetland Unit Department Environment and Science (DES))


Terrestrial habitat and species

Ben McMullen (MBRC) – host

  • Biodiversity values – Shannon Mooney (Healthy Land and Water)
  • Northern Pumicestone Passage Core and Connecting Habitat Mapping of the Northern Pumicestone catchment – Richard Newton (SCC)
  • Habitat Corridors – Bernadette May (MBRC)
  • Nature conservation in the Pumicestone catchment – significant challenges with diverse solution – Deborah Metters (Land for Wildlife)
  • Biosecurity priorities for the Pumicestone Catchment – Stacy Harris (DAF)
  • Faunawatch findings – Dr Paul Smith (Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch)
  • Stacey Bentley (SCC)


Knowledge informing action

Will include review of Pumicestone Action Plan 2017-2020 and new plan for 2021-2024, and lead into the development of the next SEQ NRM Plan.

6 sector groups in Pumicestone Catchment Network: State Government, Local Government, Community, Industry, NRM, Research.

Stage 1 discussions – group in sectors
Stage 2 – group as spread of sectors

  • Who?
  • What?
  • Where?
  • When?

 10:10am – 10:35am  – Morning tea

10:15am – 10:45am  – Morning tea

Morning tea 


Community knowledge and stewardship

Peter Armstrong (SCC) – host

Brief presentations:

  • Citizen Science – Water quality, turtles, marine debris, fauna monitoring- Diane Oxenford (Bribie Island Environment Protection Association (BIEPA))
  • TS Onslow Naval Cadets Mangrove Rehabilitation Project – Ken Mewburn (Take Action for Pumicestone Passage – (TAPP))
  • Koalas and freshwater streams – Bernard Keays (Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network (GMAN))
  • Fisheries of Pumicestone Passage 2021 including shell recycling and oyster gardening – Elle Veary (OzFish Pumicestone)
  • Penny Limbach (Tangalooma EcoMarines)


Short videos:

  • Tangalooma Ecomarines – Banksia Beach School
  • Night Eyes Water and Landcarers
  • Tanya Woods (Unity College)
  • Beerwah Christian College


Agriculture knowledge and science

Rachel Abel – host

  • Agroeconomic overview – Bill Johnston (DAF)
  • Growcom initiatives – Lene Knudsen – (Growcom)
  • Sam Pike (Sandy Creek Pineapple Farm)
  • Jade King (Green Valley Finger Limes)
  • Gavin Scurr (Pinata Farms)
  • Matthew Heilg (GoTurf)

Panel discussion

Continuing workshop

12:30pm – 1:10pm – Lunch 

12:40pm – 1:20pm – Lunch 



Marine habitat and species

Jessica Mowat (MBRC) – host

  • Dynamic changes in Pumicestone Passage sediment quality and distribution – Dr Alistair Grinham (UQ)
  • Water quality Report Card and trends– Naomi Soustal (Healthy Land and Water) and David Moffitt (DES)
  • Seagrass – Conor Jones (WBM)
  • Jellyfish of the Sunshine Coast – Raeleen Draper (SCC)
  • Lyngbya – Dr Michelle Burford (Griffith University)
  • Migratory shorebird monitoring – Jill Chamberlain OAM (Wildlife Queensland Sunshine Coast Branch)
  • Managing threats to migratory shorebirds in Moreton Bay – Dr Richard Fuller (UQ)
  • Pumicestone Shellfish Habitat Restoration Project – Susie Chapman  (Healthy Land and Water)
  • Pumicestone Fish Monitoring – Dr Ben Gilby (USC)
  • Monitoring natural shellfish recruitment for Pumicestone Passage – Dr Ben Diggles (OzFish)
Sustainable development 

Professor Claudia Baldwin (USC) – host

  • Inter-Urban break project – Ryan Longland (DSDMIP) TBC
  • Open Space – Wesley Mortison (MBRC)

Case studies 

  • Aura stormwater harvesting – Dr Jane-Louise Lampard (USC)
  • Aura High Efficiency Sediment (HES) basins, community engagement – Mark Stephens (Stockland)
  • Floating wetlands, Pelican Waters – Hamish Pressland (Henzells Group)
  • Managing safety, productivity and stewardship in a high visitation, commercial timber plantation – Michelle McAndrew (HQ Plantations)
  • Reinier Mann (DES)
Continuing workshop

3:20pm – 3:45pm – Afternoon tea 

3:15pm – 3:45pm – Afternoon tea 

3:00pm – Conference finishes 


Climate impacts and adaptations

Dr Gabriel Conroy (University of the Sunshine Coast) – host

  • Our Resilient Coast, Our Future – A Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy for the Sunshine Coast – Gary Duffey (SCC)
  • Moreton Bay Regional Council Coastal Hazard Adaptation Strategy – Glen Dare (MBRC)
  • Viewing the Pumicestone Catchment through the lens of ecosystem functions and services – Simone Maynard (USC)
  • Monitoring erosion on pineapple farms using drones – Dr Javier Leon (USC)
  • Bribie Island Breakthrough – Speaker to be confirmed



Mike Ronan – host with the most

  • Summary (from each session host)
  • Opportunity to have input in the following questions for each theme:
    • What do we know well?
    • What do we know not so well?
    • Priority issues
    • What are our responses?

Poster sessions

  • Quick pitch
  • Each do one-slide presentation on the stage before the presentations in
  • front of the posters
  • Use Mentimeter to vote on pitch
  • PDFs on TAPP website

5pm – Finish 

4:30pm – Finish

4:30pm – 5:30pm – Drinks 

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