For over 20 years, the Coochiemudlo Heritage Society has worked to preserve the cultural and environmental assets of our much-loved island. We welcome new members who are keen to support our current activities, and bring fresh ideas to the table.
Our heritage emphasis was rewarded in 2019 when the Society won a Local Heritage Listing, a formal declaration by the state government that now protects our best-known natural asset, the broad ‘emerald fringe’ of public land that defines the island’s shoreline.
Our cultural activities recognise the island’s earliest frequenters, the Quandamooka people, who’ve inhabited Moreton Bay for some 20,000 years. In 2015, then president David Paxton, returned a grindstone and some small flint knives, discovered here, to the Quandamooka elders on Stradbroke Island. Quandamooka dancers and story-tellers feature in the ‘Flinders Day’ festivities arranged by the Society and the island’s Progress Association.
Flinders Day was born of a tireless campaign by the Heritage Society’s inaugural president Ted Jones, to have Coochiemudlo recognised as the disputed ‘Sixth Island’ on which explorer Lt. Matthew Flinders came ashore on 19th July 1799. Ted’s version won the day, and it’s become an annual community highlight.
Despite Covid restrictions, the Society’s calendar for 2021 includes: a 1950’s style High Tea to recall the island’s pioneer tourist offerings, a workshop to promote informed options for the future of our Emerald Fringe, and a two-day festival that will showcase the valuable mangrove forest along our western shoreline.
Won’t you join us? Send an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive your online application to join the Heritage Society. We’d be delighted to have you on board!