Saturday April 8th  |  Music School  |  Madeira Park  |  9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday April 9th  |  Irvines Landing Pier  |  10:00am - 1:00pm

We hope you will join us for this FREE event!
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The idea of the Pender Harbour Ocean Discovery Station (PODS) originally emerged from the findings of The Sunshine Coast Biodiversity Summit, the brainchild of the Lagoon Society that brought together over 150 local stakeholders to explore how we could best preserve and enhance our rich biodiversity. An overriding conclusion of the resulting Biodiversity Strategy was that there was a pressing need for more monitoring and research of our coastal waters.

The central purpose of PODS is therefore to instigate and establish a series of long-term monitoring and research studies in our local region that will focus on documenting and conserving our precious marine and freshwater biodiversity and natural resources. PODS will include a spectacular living display of the habitats of our coastal waters and a state-of-the-art marine research centre as well as conference and meeting facilities, and indoor and outdoor interactive classrooms for students of all ages.

Since 2015, the Lagoon Society has invested significant time and resources in researching the feasibility of building and operating PODS. We have commissioned architects to create a concept design that complements the natural characteristics of the site and the ethos of the Ruby Lake Lagoon Society.Recently we have also commissioned engineers and other consultants to review the feasibility of the Irvines Landing location and the concept design so that we can produce a more accurate construction budget and help forecast future operating costs. 

Now that we have completed the necessary groundwork, we would love to hear your views and ideas about how we can make PODS a reality for the benefit and enjoyment of all residents, businesses and visitors to Pender Harbour.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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