Category: General news

  • Speaker series at the 2018 Bruny Island Bird Festival

    Three solid days of talks by experts, researchers, enthusiasts and scientists gave plenty of food for thought, culminating in the provocative and irreverent talk by First Dog on the Moon (censored!).  The speaker series has become a much-loved feature of the Bird Festival and links to many of the talks are found below. Tonia Cochran […]

  • Speaker series at the Bruny Island Bird Festival 2018

    Ranging from vignettes on undervalued historical figures such as Elizabeth Gould, to detailed statistical analysis of the threats to the endangered Swift Parrot, speakers enthralled up to 60 people in the Speaker Series of this year’s fabulous Bruny Island Bird Festival. Not all speakers left a visible trail as some choose to speak only and […]

  • Little Penguin adoption of under-road culverts, Bruny Island 2017/18

    A success story  As part of the Department of State Growth’s Bruny Main Road upgrade project, seven under-road culverts and associated penguin fences were installed before the 2017/18 Little Penguin Eudyptula minor breeding season at the Neck colony. As the numbers of returning penguins increased as the breeding season progressed, so did their adoption and […]

  • Call for Moratorium on Salmon Farm expansion in Storm Bay

    Three community groups on Bruny Island joined to call for a moratorium on proposed expansion of finfish farming in Storm Bay. Friends of North Bruny Inc. (FONB),  Bruny Island Comm- unity Association (BICA) and the Bruny Island Environment Network (BIEN) today announced they are joining forces to demand a moratorium on expansion of finfish farming […]

  • Felix is Environmental Champion for 2017

    It was with great pleasure that I presented the Shaun Bromfield Environmental Champion Award to Felix O’Meara at the Bruny Island District School Final Assembly on Dec 18th. This is an annual award donated by BIEN in memory of founding member, Shaun Bromfield. Felix is a fine young champion who at a very young age […]

  • Reflections on the last year

    by Bob Graham Earlier in the year I prepared and presented a discussion paper which proposed that we engage with the process of developing a Government sponsored Destination Action Plan (DAP) for Bruny along with BICA, BIPIG and the Friends of North Bruny. All of these groups participated actively in the process and argued strongly […]

  • BIEN Convenors Report to the 2017 AGM

    by Bob Graham Following the success of the 2016 Bird Festival, things have been relatively quiet. The festival consumed most of our efforts and resources in the months prior to the event. In particular Daniel Sprod’s hard work and dedication in his role as festival co-ordinator underpinned that success. It demonstrated clearly that the coordinator’s […]

  • Potential activities for BIEN going forward

    Due to Governments’ seeming view that ignoring needs to the environment and groups trying to engage at a policy level (see blog here) , there is potential for BIEN to become a much more “hands on” group.  Here is a list of possible activities that could be successfully pursued: ✦ Develop a system of environmental […]

  • Tassal and Huon Aquaculture seek community views

    Jane Ryan – Community Engagement Advisor with Huon Aquaculture has invited everyone interested to a consultation session 12 September 2017,  6 – 8:30pm at the Alonnah Community Hall. Contact Jane Ryan, Community Engagement Advisor, Huon Aquaculture mobile 0468 632 044  and email Luke Kapitany for Tassal, is seeking volunteers to participate in Community Advisory Groups across […]

  • Field Officer: cat management on Bruny Island

    Interested in working at the cutting edge of wildlife management? Do we have the job for you! Working up to 38 hours a week, the position will responsible for the on-ground monitoring and control activities to support the “Progressing feral cat eradication on Bruny Island – a Threatened Species Strategy project”, employed through the Tasmanian […]