The Heritage Society turns 21 in '21!
The Coochiemudlo Island Heritage Society (originally 'Historical Society') held its first meeting on April 15th, 2000. In this, our 21st year, we've got events and workshops to celebrate our past, establish our future priorities, and support our community through the uncertainties that are affecting us all. Why not join us?
Walking into the 'tearoom' one was caught up in the 50s by the embroidered cloths, the vases of flowers, the cups and saucers and the music (when we were quiet enough to hear). There were tasty pastries, cocktail sausages, tea and scones, and much else, all skilfully distributed by the attentive wait staff.
Margaret Rolfe Paxton’s pocket history of the Mortons found resonance in the poem performed by Kate Barker (photo). Reverend Paul Bland, our guest and a grandson of the Mortons, was kind enough to move around the tables and share stories.
Our Heritage Afternoon Tea - 27th March
The Emerald Fringe Workshop - 8th May
This workshop proved islanders want more say in Coochiemudlo’s future, and any changes imposed on the Emerald Fringe. We also showed we're capable of running consultation workshops that honestly capture the community’s priorities and wishes.
We now hope, and expect, that decision makers in Council will respect the validity of the process we’ve begun, and work cooperatively with us to ensure the Emerald Fringe is managed in ways that are consistent with community opinion.
This is the Society's major public event for 2021. Our island is characterised by one of the most accessible and impressive mangrove forests in Moreton Bay. It contains most of the Bay species and our Festival walks and talks will give you a wonderful insight into these important and marvellous plants.