About FOPIA

Executive team

Scott Fowles, President   Harry Beiers, Vice President Karilyn Beiers, Secretary

Scott Fowle
President

Gordon Wilson
Vice President

Harry Beiers
Vice President

Karilyn Beiers
Secretary

      Brad Cahoon, Executive member

Pam Caswell
Treasurer

Kelsey Remmelt
Executive member


Executive member

Brad Cahoon
Executive member

Who we are

Friends of Peel Island Association (FOPIA) is a community support group for Peel Island, one of the beautiful islands in the Moreton Bay Marine Park east of Brisbane.

Working in conjunction with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service who manage the island, FOPIA is active in raising the awareness of Peel Island’s cultural and natural heritage values, helping conserve heritage buildings and provide access to the island for interpretive activities.

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How did we begin?

Peel Island is a museum: to the Aborigines who used the island as a feasting and ceremonial place for countless centuries; to the early European immigrants, many of whom spent up to three months in quarantine on the island: and to the leprosy patients of many races - notably Caucasians, Chinese, South Sea Islanders, and Aborigines—who spent their lives in isolation at the island's Lazaret.

In 1993 the Australian Commonwealth granted $230,000 towards the conservation and restoration of Peel Island's heritage. This money was used to formulate a Conservation Plan and to help stabilise some of the Lazaret's buildings from the ravages of time.

With this money spent long ago, the need for further funding is acute. With Government funding cutbacks to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, the island's present controllers, and with no decision in sight on the Native Title Claim on the island, there seems little prospect of any immediate injection of much needed funds.

In 1999 a group diploma students from the Moreton Institute of TAFE researched and produced a Conservation Plan for Peel's quarantine area. Their enthusiasm for the conservation of Peel was infectious and it was decided to form an independent group to apply for funding to carry on the restoration work of the 1993 Conservation plan.

Consequently, in November 1999, the Friends of Peel Island Group was formed and membership is available to all.

Aims

  • To encourage and assist in the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the historical and environmental values of Peel Island.
  • To work in co-operation with and under the guidance of the relevant Government agencies.
  • To raise public awareness, by all means, in the historical and environmental values of Peel Island.
  • To recognise and respect the indigenous cultural heritage of Peel Island and enhance the general community's understanding of the same.
  • To encourage the active participation of the public in the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the historical and environmental values of Peel Island.
  • To encourage financial support for the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the historical and environmental values of Peel Island.
  • To facilitate the education of students and community groups in the maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the historical and environmental values of Peel Island.

What we do

  • Monthly meeting with guest speakers and updates on projects
  • Help the QPWS staff with conservation and maintenance work on the island
  • Organise activities to provide information and interpretation to the community of the island’s history
  • Promote the island’s heritage at family history events around Brisbane and Moreton Bay
  • Write articles about the island and our activities for local newspapers, and maintain a monthly
  • Maintain this website to provide easier access for the community to information on the island’s fascinating history, culture and ecology.
  • Apply for grants for special projects