River Research Takes Centre Stage
Community groups, residents, and scientists came together recently on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland to collaborate around research into the Maroochy River. The Specks of Sand: Community, Science and Decision-Making Forum was a partnership between Coolum and North Shore Coastcare, the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast’s peak residential body – OSCAR (Organisation of Sunshine Coast Associations of Residents). It aimed to unpack technical information about the Maroochy River to help make decisions around issues that impact the river and the Sunshine Coast residents who depend on it.
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The 13 May event, held at the university, gave experts the opportunity to present their research into the Maroochy River, estuary and floodplain to residents and community volunteers. Formal presentations – designed to be less academic and more colloquial – involved the historical, social and cultural importance of the river and its value to local residents and businesses. Research was also presented on coastal processes, management initiatives, and best practice community engagement principles.
The extensive Q&A sessions following the presentations facilitated a rigorous exchange of knowledge. One of the highlights of the day was a presentation by Jim Cash on the history of the Maroochy River mouth and how its dynamic nature affects residents and businesses. Due to widespread interest, the presentation will be repeated in June. All presentations from the day are available at the Coolum and North Shore Coastcare group’s website.