Live on an island and want to get involved in improving your community? Find out more at the first South East Queensland Island Forum.

The first South East Queensland Island Forum will be held in the Redlands this week to engage locals with building the island community.

Mark Edwards, Redland city councillor for the southern Moreton Bay Islands, said the forum would focus uniquely on issues and topics that affect island communities.

“This forum is an opportunity for locals who live, work or play on any of our islands to discuss issues that affect them and ways to benefit from belonging to an island community,” says Edwards. “Topics to be discussed include tourism, transport and local economies, which are all subjects that are critical to the success of island communities.”

The first of its kind, the forum will be held from Monday 24 February to Wednesday 26 February and be hosted on North Stradbroke, Russell and Macleay Islands.

“Topics to be discussed include tourism, transport and local economies, which are all subjects that are critical to the success of island communities,” says Edwards. “The Redlands is known as a city of islands so what better place for the first forum of this kind to be hosted?”

Councillor for North Stradbroke Island Craig Ogilvie said the forum would be an excellent opportunity to consider ways to improve the island experience for locals.

“Guest speakers at the forum will include representatives from Kangaroo Island and Magnetic Island as well as tourism and cultural specialists from the Redlands; so there will be a wealth of knowledge on hand,” Ogilvie says.

“When people mention island communities we generally think of the picturesque coast lines and holiday locations. While this is a key part of island communities there are other characteristics including cultural and environmental that create a unique community on many islands.”

The forum will feature speakers from Southern Cross University, Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation, Straddie Chamber of Commerce and Straddie Camping, and will cover topics such as sustainable tourism, transport and the economics of autonomous islands.