Turtle Conservation at Hinkler Central
Hinkler Central joined forces with local school children to pen "Too Bright Tonight", a fun and educational book, illustrated by the children and available for purchase, which highlights the importance of minimising light pollution around turtle rookeries, especially those on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
The project teamed award-winning writer Emma Mactaggart with local children as part of Queensland Parks and Wildlife's "Cut the Glow" conservation campaign, with all proceeds donated to those leading the charge in protecting Bundaberg turtle populations, the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
The book, alongside the large turtle mural at Hinkler Central, were both launched to celebrate and protect the return of Bundaberg's most famous visitors, the endangered loggerhead turtles who nest at Mon Repos Beach every year.
Hinkler Central Centre Manager, Renee Pukallus, said that the Centre was proud to support the important work done by the Mon Repos Turtle Centre.
"Too Bright Tonight, was delivered in partnership with school children across the Bundaberg region, to help raise awareness of human activities that threaten the survival of turtle species," Ms Pukallus said.
"By capturing the enthusiasm of young people in the community, the aim of this book is to provide tangible support for organisations responsible for environmental stewardship and protection of the very special turtles who continue to return to our shores.
"We are proud to be doing our part to support this ongoing conservation work, and contributing to a program that is vital to our Hinkler community."
Grand Central's Women at Work
As part of Grand Central's $525 million transformation, the Centre partnered with female artists from Toowoomba to create a 'Culture Wall' on a façade along Dent Street, extending 60 metres and featuring a series of eight artworks that represent the diversity of 'Women at Work'. This mural was completed in February of 2017.
In celebration of the mural's one-year anniversary, Grand Central commissioned a book, celebrating the artists, the women who inspired their pieces, and the role of women in building communities. Honouring the diversity of each of the women's backgrounds and tracking their own history, the book reflects the growing multiculturalism in the area and draws on Toowoomba's pride in the diverse social strands that contribute to the fabric of their contemporary community.