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Community Water Quality Monitoring

GC Scenic Rim Community Water Quality Monitoring ProgramDid you know for the last 10 years dedicated community volunteers have tested the water quality of waterways across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas?

Who knows about this? Not many…

This is why the Gold Coast Catchment Association has recently re-launched the Community Water Quality Monitoring Program to inspire local waterway champions to monitor the health of our local waterways. Previously coordinated by SEQ Catchments, we hope by re-birthing the independent community program we’ll be able pick it up and breathe new life into it to raise awareness about the importance of our waterways. Our aims are simple: keep volunteers keen, support new interest and inspire all to spread the word about the importance of waterways.

How to get involved? There are many ways you can get involved: 

– Monitor your local waterway
– Support a volunteer
– Help spread the word: become a Waterway Ambassador

All community volunteers are supported with knowledge and water testing equipment and have direct access to a water scientist, who collects and analyses the results to produce snap shot reporting. MONTHLY MONITORING HELPS INSPIRE REAL CHANGE FOR OUR WATERWAYS AS ALL DATA SUPPORTS BEST-PRACTICE MANAGEMENT.

We encourage anyone with an interest in learning more about their local waterway to get involved. To find out how you can get involved email: waterquality@goldcoastcatchments.org

Why support the program? By supporting the program together we’ll be able to capture the health of the waterways and inspire real change and community-driven outcomes across the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas. As there has been much success achieved over the last 10 years, we’d like to grow and share such successes with you.

A success story: In 2009, Friends of Crane Creek, a supporting branch of Nerang Riverkeepers, was formed to address waterway issues along Crane Creek in Nerang. Their key focus was to improve the visual amenity and waterway health by removing invasive vines, illegal dumping, reducing the impact of illegal fishing (e.g. removal of freshwater turtles) and the planting of native riparian vegetation to stabilise the creek bank and shade aquatic weed infestations. The initial change making for this particular project involved re-evaluating the site that held strong community interest from a ‘passive recreational floodplain-parkland’ to a contributing environmental place for the community and biodiversity. The imbalance in the waterway health and a lack of broad community ownership and connection for this parkland warranted support from the City of Gold Coast’s Catchment Management Unit (CMU) to harness initial community interest.

A successful Australian Government Caring for Country grant initiated initial investment that was matched by the City’s CMU to support contracting and community-based catchment management. This involved monthly community planting days, which in turn over the years transitioned into water quality testing and wildlife monitoring (e.g. turtles). This harnessed a strong sense of community ownership and sustainable habitat viability, which as a result reduced illegal fishing, recreational impacts and illegal dumping. In 2014, the local Wildcare network found turtle eggs and decided to remove the eggs to be placed in a turtle hatchery and then relocated back to the site. A short video was produced to capture the successful outcome see link.  Both environmental and community outcomes were achieved at this site:

– Restored riparian vegetation
– Removed invasive weeds
– Improved habitat viability
– Improved water quality
– Reduced illegal fishing!
– Increased community ownership of Crane Creek


We are currently seeking sponsorship to sustain and grow the program to inspire real change for the health and safety of our local waterways. There are currently 22 volunteers involved from 9 community groups. Each volunteer monitors two waterways on a monthly basis, which the data is then provided to a Water Scientist, who collects and analyses the results to produce snap shot reporting.

There are a number of ways sponsors can support the program on an annual basis:

– $800 to sponsor a monitoring location
– $7,000 to sponsor a major catchment/ waterway
– $35,000 to sponsor the program

Opportunities to showcase support include:

– Co-branding on all online and printed material
– Mention in media and public relations
– VIP guest opportunity at snap shot reporting events
– Onsite signage per appropriate
– Involvement in solution-based discussions
– Corporate volunteering… etc.

How to pledge your support?

You can pledge your support for the program by connecting with the Gold Coast Catchment Association. All support is directly linked with a real environmental and community need and outcome. We can link your support and interest with a program activity, e.g. monitoring a particular waterway or developing educational material to benefit of the broader community, that also benefits you. Please download the sponsorship pack.

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