Meet our new Executive Officer Rosalinde Brinkman

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  The committee is excited to announce that we have employed an executive officer who will help us to provide even more assistance to community environmental groups. Rosalinde has already made major updates to our website. Rosalinde will support groups find and apply for grants, insurance, volunteer support and will help manage our partner and citizen science projects. A bit more about Rosalinde: Rosalinde was born in the Netherlands where she grew up with having a national park as her front yard. She got inspired to work for and with nature through her parents who took her on numerous hikes and always had to pull her out of trees. Rosalinde studied Wildlife Management in The Netherlands with a focus on marine environments and community engagement and completed all her practical assessments…
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2017 Wrap up by Wal Mayr

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2017 has been a great year with over $400,000 in project value being administered by the Association.  These projects represent a wide spectrum of activities, from Pest Animal Management to restoring large areas of critically endangered Sub-tropical Lowland Rainforest.  Check out the projects for yourself at https://goldcoastcatchments.org/our-projects/. The Association had a direct and indirect project management role in many of these projects.  PlatypusWatch remains the exemplar Citizen Science Program on the Gold Coast.  This year we attracted over 50 participants on the Catchment Crawl to see the wide variety of projects being funded by government and non-government sources in Austinville Valley.  And although it suffered a major rain event, the Biggest Tree Planting was a complete success with over 10,000 plants planted on the day. Our core mission remains to assist…
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For the love of the earth

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A great article on our Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day 2017 by seniorsnews.com.au. The loss of native Australian bush on the Gold Coast verges on a tragedy but, on a brighter note, many opportunities are offered for volunteers to be involved in bush restoration work. Gold Coast Catchment Association president Wal Mayr says much of the coast and hinterland was cleared or disturbed over the last 150 years by timber-felling and agriculture. Volunteers (from left) Dale Oliver, Wal Mayr and Jenny Rosewell supporting The Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day at Mudgeeraba Creek, Robina, in October. "Both of these industries are virtually dead on the coast now - and unfortunately foreign plants tend to colonise the disturbed land they have left much quicker than the endemic Australian species. "This is…
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Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day 2017 was a great success!

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Despite the incessant rain this year, the ‘Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day’ engaged just under 200 community volunteers to plant 10,000 native plants at Robina City Parklands in Robina. Plenty of families and a lot of younger crowd too got stuck in the mud, putting their care for the local environment ahead of their cares to stay dry. Star of the show certainly had to be young Keenan Brabant who could be seen in his bright yellow raincoat – with green frogs on it – leaping and sloshing through all the puddles. Of course, his brother Patrick the Enviro Warrior delivered a fantastic speech about getting engaged in the Gold Coast environment, as did special guests Steven Miles MP and Councillor Herman Vorster. Despite some of our stalls and…
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Summer News E-newsletter 24 | December 2016

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Summer time has arrive and the warmer than usual weather in Spring has hopefully prepared your thermostat for this coming season. Summer time also means many of us will take our gloves off and put the tools down for bit of relaxation and reflection before we begin another year of restoring and caring for Gold Coast's waterways and natural areas. This year has been a bumper year with many of our members being successful recipients of grants and taking their land and waterway care to the next level. Congratulations to the Eco-village Land Management Group (ELM) for completing their Queensland Government Everyone's Environment Grant and receiving a City of Gold Coast Nature Conservation Assistance Program grant to maintain what they have achieved thus far. Nerang Riverkeepers certainly deserves a big pat on the back with being a Finalist at…
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Special notice: Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day Is This Sunday

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Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day Is This Sunday Gold Coast Biggest Tree Planting Day is happening this Sunday and this time we will be planting 15,000 plants in one day, along one creek, at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. Hosted by Nerang Riverkeepers and proudly supported by the City of Gold Coast and the Gold Coast Catchment Association, everyone is invited to support the biggest tree planting day of the year.   Read more here
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