News for 2020

Lots of exciting things have happened since my last post! One very important fact is that I have retired from the Queensland Education Department as of January 24. This is an exciting development as it leaves me more time for my artwork, academic interests and activism. I have enrolled to complete a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of the Sunshine Coast, on the topic of the Life and Legacy of Dr John Sinclair, AO. I knew Dr Sinclair personally as our families were friends back in our hometown of Maryborough in South East Queensland. He came to prominence for his leading role in protecting the natural environment of K’gari (Fraser Island) the world’s largest sand island and a place of great natural beauty and complexity. In the coming months and years I hope to interview many family members, friends and other interested parties. Please contact me if you are interested or know someone who is.

FL and Zela Bioblitz

I have been writing articles for the vibrant Gympie Living magazine which has led me to some in-depth talks with some of the wonderful and dedicated people in the Gympie region.

Key Dates:

Relish Festival in Maryborough – On Saturday 6 June 2020, the annual Relish Food & Wine Festival will return with delicious events, great food, local wine and live music.

Once again my resourceful cook presentation with include foods made from native and forage-able foods from the region, including Bunya nuts, Warrigal spinach and lilly pillies. This will be a Talk and Taste event so come along hungry!


Noosa Festival of the Water Sunday June 30 10am – 3pm Try some tastebud-tingling native food flavours and hear some interesting background about these foods and their traditional and contemporary uses.

In June I will also be holding my yearly Open Studio for a weekend where you can come along, see my workspace and try couching a sheet of botanical paper.


Mary Poppins Festival

The Mary Poppins Festival is held during the winter school holidays each year so that everyone can make the most of what is on offer. Now in its 11th year, the Mary Poppins Festival offers something for all the family. The ‘Art of Storytelling’ program includes film, art, music, performance and literature during the 10-day event. With 2 other turtle enthusiasts, I will be part of the Art of Storytelling at the Story Bank with tales of amazing turtles of the Mary River system.

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Susan Zela Bissett (Zela) is an educator, writer and artist with a lifetime involvement in environmental education and advocacy. Zela was born on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and has worked as an artist, educator, permaculture gardener, studio potter and consultant. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, maintaining habitat for wildlife and about unleashing the creativity in all of us.

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