Runaway Bay BeachCare

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Size of group:

Average participants 10


Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay

Description of area:

The foredunes at Runaway Bay are low and narrow, directly in front of a car park and residential properties and adjacent to a boat access ramp. The dune suffers from boat wake induced erosion, trampling, weed encroachment, intentional damage to trees and it also acts as a litter catchment. The numerous low-lying native species and weeding efforts are clearly direct results of community involvement through the GCCM BeachCare Program.


Coastal Pigface
Coastal Pigface

The community group aims to maintain their foredunes and prevent erosion from wind surges and boat/wave breaks. To achieve this they also increase the biodiversity assets of the local area and local amenity.


In 2006 Gold Coast City Council initiated community engagement in Runaway Bay resulting in strong support to start a community dune care group at Constance Esplanade. BeachCare has taken a proactive response and facilitates a community group which runs quarterly each year. In 2010, a local community member won the Gold Coast Youth Volunteer of the Year award, which shows the commitment in the Runaway Bay community to care for the coastal environment.

Due the positive participation from the local community of Runaway Bay, works have completed at Constance Esplanade (local residents regularly maintain the site).  Community dune care activities have now been relocated to Shearwater Esplanade. The foreshore of Shearwater Esplanade is in need for dune restoration, which will include targeting the removal of invasive weeds, increasing the diversity of the coastal flora and collecting beach litter.

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Griffith University students help sort marine debris washed up!

Any other information:

Everyone is always welcome to come along to BeachCare community days; no experience necessary, all ages and fitness, bring along a hat, wear sunscreen, all equipment and refreshments are supplied.

When are we on the dunes? At Shearwater Esplanade, Runaway Bay

Saturday 18th August 2012 from 9am-11am
Saturday 10th November 2012 from 9am-11am

Contact Details:

Primary contact person
Name Naomi Edwards
Phone Number (07) 5552 8823
Mobile 0414 762 374
Secondary contact person
Name Peta Williams
Phone Number (07) 5552 8530
Website address

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