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Bay Islands Conservation Inc. held a symposium for all who wished to submit their concerns and wishes towards the development of infra-structure and Tourism incentives for the Bay Islands.

The event was held on Russell Island recently.

Redland City Council Economic Development Officer Frank Pearce and Leo Newlands (R.C.C.) were very instrumental in encouraging Islanders to put forward their opinions.

Bay Islands Conservation found there to be a lot of enthusiasm regarding Heritage Trails across all the Islands creating adventure tours with cycling and kayaking.

This would also involve wildlife signage, preservation of our wetlands and bush-lands and foreshore.

"We also spoke of eco-friendly cabins, camping facilities, kayaking, cycling, and safe shared pathways," said president Sharon Keegan.

President Sharon Keegan told The Friendly Bay Islander: "We also spoke of an annual Cycle for Life day, which included the need for off road pedestrian pathways."

A proposal is to develop more than 20 kilometres of cycle and walking trails in raised platform manner through wetlands and safe walking lanes on harder surfaces, connecting points of interest on both Russell and Macleay Islands has previously been suggested and supported.

In regard to the island water environment concerning both land and waterways: "there is high interest in the preservation and conservation of our ecology, environment and history".

"We encourage this interest as a benefit to community.

"We have incorporated Sea Catchments, Sea World Research and Rescue in conjunction with Tangaroa Blue, and Indigiscapes to keep us informed as to what we can do as a group for the future of our Islands and we thank everyone who attended," Sharon Keegan said.

For all who are interested in the ongoing development of our Islands, Bay Islands Conservation would like to extend an invitation to voice your opinion on their website: Forum | Bay Islands Conservation Inc.