2016 Planned and Proposed Events

The HOPE management committee re-endorses its commitment to maintain (and strengthen where possible) our relationships/alliances with international, national, state (Qld) and local/regional partners.

HOPE will support key local/regional community events through the provision of information displays and demonstration activities where appropriate.

HOPE will seek funding to pursue new and lapsed 'wish list’ projects.


HOPE Quarterly Ordinary Meetings, etc.

Saturday, 23 January 2016Ipswich Plant Expo planning meeting
Saturday, 13 February 2016 Ordinary Meeting
Saturday, 11 June 2016 Ordinary Meeting
Saturday, 10 September 2016Ordinary Meeting
Saturday, 12 November 2016AGM, followed by 1st Ordinary Meeting for new year

Note - special project/event planning meetings will be called as required - followed by regular project/events working group meetings

Community Events to Attend

  • Feb 25 -- USQ Market Day, 25 Feb 2016
  • Mar 12-13 -- Ipswich Plant Expo, 12-13 March 2016
  • June 05 -- Logan Eco Action Festival (LEAF), 5 June 2016
  • Aug 10 -- USQ National Student Volunteer Week, 10 August 2016
  • Aug 14 -- Toowoomba Languages & Cultures Festival
  • Aug 17 -- U3A Seniors Expo
  • See Friends of Escarpment Parks (FEP) calendar of events - www.fep.org.au/

Note - Promote and/or support environmental observances as listed on national calendar - www.environment.gov.au/about-us/media-centre/events

Community Forums - on an ad-hoc basis

Possible speakers/topics include:

  • May 20 -- Community Forum - Toowoomba featuring Dr Michelle Maloney, National Convenor of Australian Earth Laws Alliance - www.earthlaws.org.au | View/download the presentation
  • Youth Engagement in Landcare - various agencies
  • EDO Qld - www.edoqld.org.au - "Economics in Environmental Law"
  • Managing the Transition to a Sustainable Economy - Griffith (University) Business School

* More information at Upcoming Events

Note - Once speakers and/or topics have been agreed upon; dates, times and venue confirmed; forums will be promoted via email, e:news bulletin, Facebook-Twitter, website and general media.


Current grant applications pending:

  • Office computer and equipment funding application to GCBF (Qld)
  • 2016 Volunteer Grants program - application to purchase of 40 HOPE monogrammed polo shirts for members and volunteers
  • Condamine Alliance NRM Small Grants program - application to Support Peri-Urban Landholders with Wildlife Friendly Gardens and Landscape Connectivity


HOPE is involved in numerous community outreach activities

These engagements include:

  • An annual media campaign to collect used postage stamps for local a community group’s fund-raising for overseas missions work.
  • In February an appeal to collect gardening tools and equipment for St Vincent De Paul's, Warwick
  • In July we organised an internal collection of books and magazines for the Southern Queensland Correctional Centre prison library, Gatton
Hand over of gardening tools and equipment for St Vincent De Paul's