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What’s next for Low Glow?

What’s next for Low Glow?

Earlier this month, Greenfleet brought together local and national partners in Bundaberg Queensland to discuss what’s next for the Low Glow project. And what a day it was!

As a founding partner of the Low Glow Collaboration (LGC) and with a large network of supporters and stakeholders, Greenfleet connected organisations from business, Government, not-for-profits and the local community. We discussed the future of the Low Glow project and how we can work together to make a tangible, positive impact on the environment.

Innovative ideas were brought to the table, with healthy discussion around how we can best protect the local sea turtle population from harmful artificial light pollution.

After a welcome from Greenfleet CEO Wayne Wescott, and an update on the current status of the collaboration from The Prince’s Trust Australia Chief Executive, Janine Kirk. Smartgroup's Chief Executive, Leasing and Fleet Dave Adle then gave us insight into how we can best partner with businesses to succeed. 

Smartgroup have partnered with Greenfleet for over ten years now. In that time, they have helped plant more than 2 million trees – so they know a thing or two about how to engage business with real climate action! Dave highlighted the importance for companies to have the opportunity to see what is going on first hand with the projects they support.

Katherine Reid from Bundaberg North Burnett Tourism then gave an overview of why the local sea turtles are so important for local tourism. Finally, Greenfleet’s Greta Korthaus and Dr Col Limpus from Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES) put the Low Glow project into a global context, as we explored best practice from around the world.

The group discussed how we can best keep the momentum up, and work with the community towards a better future for our turtles. Ideas began to flow across six key themes; research and technology, local government engagement and regulation, marketing and events, community engagement, economic development, and education.

One of the big ideas from the day was to host an annual ‘turtle festival’ to celebrate the start of the nesting season in Mon Repos, and provide an opportunity to engage with locals and tourists about why reducing light pollution is so important.

LGC is committed to empowering the local community to take a leading role in the collaboration, as we work to implement new initiatives to support them on the ground.

This is just the beginning for Low Glow and our work with the turtles in Mon Repos, and we can’t wait to see where it goes! We are looking forward to seeing all the excitement and creativity turn into practical ideas on the ground. Stay tuned for what happens next. 

The full list of attendees on the day included:

  • Wayne Wescott, Greenfleet (Chair)
  • Dave Adler, Smartgroup 
  • Michael Coleman, Greenfleet
  • Cathy Gatley, DES
  • John Gatley, Sea Turtle Alliance
  • Cr Wayne Honor, Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Janine Kirk, The Prince’s Trust Australia
  • Greta Korthaus, Greenfleet
  • Dr Col Limpus, DES
  • Nick Mclean, Bundaberg Regional Council
  • Jack Milbank, Bargara Brewing
  • Alison Milfull, Greenfleet
  • Sally Obst, BRC
  • Tanya O’Shea, IMPACT Community Services
  • Page Perry, Land Restoration Fund (DES)
  • Katherine Reid, Bundaberg Tourism
  • Rhianna Rickard, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Michelle Sheehan, Greenfleet
  • Judith Stutchbury, Senior Teacher, Reef Together Manager
  • Megan Surawski, Land Restoration Fund (DES)
  • Ellie Tonkin, Bundaberg Tourism
  • Adrian Volders, Queensland Trust for Nature

UPDATE (21/11/2018): We’re excited to announce that our Low Glow partner, Bundaberg Regional Council, won a Smart Cities grant for the Low Glow project! The Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is a highly competitive program for local governments to collaborate and apply innovative technology-based approaches to improve the liveability of cities and their suburbs.

The Australian Government granted this award for the project “Reducing urban glow: supporting sea turtle survival using open data” – a major step in all the efforts that have been made as made as part of Low Glow.