The Moreton Bay Foundation (TMBF)

The new Moreton Bay Foundation is being launched today August 30, 2019 after long negotiation and lobbying for investment in the Foundation by founder John and Meta Goodman. Pictured here is  John and Meta with Uncle Bob Anderson and Cathy Boyle June 2, 2017. Photo by Jo Fay Duncan.

“Focusing expertise, wisdom & enthusiasm for the benefit of Moreton Bay.
Our vision is for Moreton Bay to be an international treasure, known for its excellent environmental health, biological diversity, and ecological sustainability, its innovative robust and resilient economy, and its Indigenous culture and heritage.
Moreton Bay is a unique jewel of biodiversity, cultural heritage, and aesthetic beauty; not on a local scale but on a world scale. We should all be concerned about preserving it, and the work of The Moreton Bay Foundation will give the Bay the voice it needs!

We would welcome you joining our voice in protecting Moreton Bay for current and future generations”. Retrieved from

Spirit Man Walking Country Once More

2019 is the year mining is set to end on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island), thanks to Native Title determinations of 2011.

This portrait came about after two years of audio recording with Uncle Bob Anderson. The swirling spirit of the land is seen here behind and below Spirit Man as he replaces the footprints of the ancestors on former mining lease. The process involved in the painting of this work, is one of reconciliation in action recognising this momentous occasion in Australia’s post-colonial history.

Uncle Bob and Jo Fay Duncan in Conversation August 28 2019

Island Fresh Water


On island, the fresh waters of Brown Lake are generally understood to be a place for women and children and Blue Lake, for man.

The aboriginal names and cultural significance of each are the subject of some division on the island. But the hydrology is clear. Brown Lake is a perched lake and Blue Lake a window lake in that it opens to the fresh water aquifer below the island and is part of Naree Budjong Djara (‘My Mother Earth’) National Park which is jointly managed by Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) and Queensland National Parks.

Since mining began on the island in the 1940’s, fresh water has been extracted from the island’s aquifer. Despite minings end in 2019, currently millions of litres of water is extracted from the island daily, supplying 60% of the water for mainland city of Redlands. During the millennium drought in Australia the Queensland Government proposed a doubling of water export from the island’s aquifer. Ongoing draught impacts on the aquifer’s ability to replenished itself, and with ongoing extraction salt water could perforate and contaminate its fresh water. Aboriginal and sovereign permission was never granted for the extraction of water from the aquifer in the first place.


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Walking the Landscape – Redlands Catchment Map Journal v1.0 (2016), presentation, Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland. Retrieved from