The coastal community engagement program is facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and run in partnership with the City of Gold Coast.
The program has been established in 2002 and since then grown into one of the leading programs for dune restoration, coastal education and citizen science for the region. With over 1100 volunteers, 193 schools and 15 community groups involved on the Gold Coast, the programs have been creating a platform for environmental stewardship and participation.
Volunteers and interns have been an integral part in the program with roles ranging from planting to education and administration. We are always open to new team members that are willing to commit time in any of the following 3 programs:
This program was established in 2002 and provides educational services to community groups, kindergartens and schools. A number of community activities, excursions and incursions are delivered to South East Queensland. CoastEd has also developed online and printed resources with a focus on coastal vegetation, coastal engineering and coastal ecology. These resources include plant pocket guides, rocky shore field guides, teacher packs, fact sheets and videos. All school programs are linked to the national curriculum and the Queensland syllabus for e.g geography and marine science. The CoastEd program reaches over 8000 community members each year!
BeachCare has been growing from 40 volunteers in 2005 to 1020 volunteers in 2017, regenerating dune sites all over the Gold Coast. One of the 12 dune sites are currently serviced every Saturday with members of the community participating in planting, weeding and litter collection. BeachCare has recently been connecting health and mental well-being to the environmental platform through connected themed days to planting efforts.
The citizen science program DuneWatch has been running for three years. Linked to the BeachCare events, this team surveys the health of the dunes through transect and quadrant surveys. The program monitors BeachCare’s planting efforts through recording and analysing the native and invasive dune plant species. The project also analyses the litter collected and shares this to a national marine litter data base.