CICADA Film Festival
An initiative of Wildlife Queensland Bayside Branch, the Cicada Film Festival (formerly Cicada Awards) has been giving young people a voice on environmental issues since 2011. It has gained major support from Ocean Ark Alliance and Ocean Crusaders. This short-film competition for youth across South East Queensland has two categories – General and Oceans, and two age groups – U13 and 13-24 (inclusive). Entries in the 2019 CFF close 7 May. Winners are announced at a Premiere Screening & Awards Night on Friday, 7 June.
More information can be found at the Cicada Film Festival website.
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Your Voice for Your Wildlife Awards
Every year Wildlife Queensland recognises the achievements and efforts of our members through our special award ceremony held annually in September.
The categories for this year’s awards are:
- The Margaret Thorsborne Award for an outstanding contribution by a member.
- Community engagement and/or education award for a Wildlife Queensland branch.
This first award has been named in honour of Margaret Thorsborne AO and is a way of acknowledging members who have made an outstanding contribution to Wildlife Queensland, to conservation and to the community. These members, like Margaret, will have led by example and have been an inspiration to others both within the society and in their respective communities.
The community engagement and/or education award recognises the effectiveness of branches in engaging members in their community in wildlife conservation activities and/or providing environmental education to their wider community.
Please consider sending in a nomination for one or both of these awards. Please read the criteria carefully and in around 350 words tell us how you think this person or branch meets the criteria and why you think recognition is deserved. The nomination can come from a non-member but the subject must be a Wildlife Queensland member or activity.
Congratulations to our 2019 award winners!
- Margaret Thorsborne Award: Awarded to Steve Homewood (WPSQ Bayside Branch)
Steve’s interest in the Redlands community, in particular, its wildlife can be measured in decades. He has been a stalwart member serving as president for WPSQ Bayside Branch since 2002.
- Community Engagement Award: Awarded to WPSQ Capricorn branch’s “Mangrove Discovery Day”
The branch, supported by a number of local groups, held a Ross Creek Mangrove Discovery Day in April 2019 showcasing the features and values that mangrove communities provide to people communities.
Full details and pictures from the awards ceremony at the 2019 Wildlife Queensland AGM are in the December 2019 edition of our member newsletter.