Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Talk on Threat of Common Myna

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Talk on Threat of Common Myna

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OUR local wildlife being threatened by the introduced common myna will be the topic of a presentation by the Convener of Noosa Parks Bird Observers, Valda McLean, today.

The common myna, or indian myna, was introduced into Australia from India in the late 1860s to control insects.

Because of its name, this pest species is often confused with our native honeyeater, the noisy miner. The common myna, a member of the starling family, is brown with a black head. In flight, it shows large white wing patches. The noisy miner is mostly grey.

Valda will present more information about this bird and how the invasion affects other native species at the Friday Environment Forum which is held at the Environment Centre, Wallace Park, Noosaville. Her talk will begin at 11am and is free.

For more information phone 54742486.

Walking groups

THERE are a number of walking groups around our district, and Pomona's group is Pomona Pacers. They meet in front of the Pomona Community House on weekday mornings at 7am.

The walkers also have a monthly moon walk at Noosaville.

July will have two moon walks on Tuesday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 31.

If you would like more information about this group, phone Assunta on 54852935.

Art students

SUNSHINE Coast Regional Council is seeking entries for the prestigious Sunshine Coast Art Prize Tertiary 3. This art award offers prizes totalling $6000 to emerging tertiary students.

There is a $3000 award in both Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional categories.

Division 12 councillor Tony Wellington said the prize was open to all undergraduate tertiary students living or studying on the Sunshine Coast. aSunshine Coast residents who are enrolled as undergraduates in tertiary institutions in other regions can also enter, as can those who are studying via accredited online courses,a Cr Wellington said.

To be eligible, artwork must have been completed between July 1, 2011, and July, 2012. To enter, students need to complete an entry form by July 6. The entry form is available by visiting the Sunshine Coast Regional Council's website. …

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