- Publicise your Group at the Green Day Out
- Catchment Scorecard Update!
- Platypus watch update
- Using Professional Grant Writers
- Tree Planting and Information Day
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GCCA Newsletter #2 JUNE 2010
It has been a productive time since the last Newsletter.
There has been a flood of new members and a steady flow of new group additions to the website. Remember that you can control your own website by adding or editing content whenever you want. Simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a password.
The majority of the Platypus Watch surveys have been conducted, and very excitingly we have logged the 1st results of the Catchment Scorecard on the catchment map in the website.
Remember, the Association is simply an umbrella for each of your respective groups. Our aim is to increase your effectiveness and thereby help the Gold Coast’s environment. Feel free to send us material to put on the website or in this newsletter.
The Green Day Out will be held at Kurrawa Beach on Sunday the 13th of June. It’s a great opportunity to meet like minded people, learn new things and taste some healthy tucker. read more
The Gold Coast Catchment Associations Catchment Score card was officially launched in April.
The Catchment Score Card is a realistic measure of the state of the environmental health of our
catchments. It is designed to be used by the community to provide a rating that considers a whole range of factors for your section of creek or river.
During April over 30 people were trained in the Catchment Score Card. Training included finding out about the purpose of the Score Card, what indicators are scored, how these indicators are scored and choosing an appropriate site. There are now 36 sites on eight waterways throughout the Gold Coast which will be scored on a regular basis.
A campaign to raise awareness of platypus issues, including habitat requirements, threats, and the importance of reporting sightings began late last year at “platypus day” held at Fleays Wildlife Park, West Burleigh. It was a successful day with a large number of enthusiastic people learning more about the wonders of platypus and how to help protect them. Since the opening, platypus information has been circulating through web sites, emails, mail boxes, community notice boards and other mediums are planned for the future. The main messages so far have been to report sightings and to be involved in PlatypusWatch surveys. To date only 11 sightings have been received, however they been spread throughout the Gold Coast, with a number of juvenile platypus sighted in the Coomera River.
Restoring habitat and managing our catchments is expensive business. Often we need to buy equipment or engage professional contractors to make a real difference. But this requires money! ……………… and one of the most effective way of accessing money for environmental work is via grants. For instance Landcare Queensland regularly highlights appropriate grants on their site.
Because most landcare and environment groups are run solely by volunteers, many are now turning to paid professionals to assist with tasks such as grant and submission writing, proposal development and even coordinating comments into government policy and community consultation processes. Clearly there are issues which need to be weighed up before you head down this path – as using consultants for any type of work can be costly if you don’t have a good idea of what it is you’re buying and how they will deliver it.
“Saltwater Creek Foreshore Rehabilitation”
Learn about the GCCC’s Saltwater Creek Coir Log Trial, an environmentally sensitive approach to foreshore rehabilitation which seeks to enhance marine habitat whilst stabilising the foreshore.
LOCATION: Saltwater Park, Helensvale, Hope Island, Street Map 8, B15
DATE: Saturday 19th of June
Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Bring a hat, sunscreen and don’t forget your enthusiasm!
For enquiries please call: 5581 6722.