GCCA newsletter 07 August 2012

By Naomi Edwards – contact n.edwards@griffith.edu.au, 07 555 28823

Welcome to Gold Coast’s only community catchment news!

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There has been a lot happening on the Gold Coast and as another year reaches the later six months, it is great to hear, see and promote all the fantastic effort done by all.

Some dates to be aware of:

  • Our next committee meeting is on Tuesday 9th October, 5.30pm at Preece House, Nerang Street, Nerang. All members are welcome and there will be cake.
  • Our AGM is on the Tuesday 13th November, 5.30pm at Country Paradise (aka Paradise Country), Bilabirra Cresent, Nerang (50m up from the Aged Care facility on the left).

Please remember – our role is to be a completely independent peak body for Gold Coast’s ecological restoration community groups, and provide support to those applying for grants, manage money so there is no need to become incorporated or spend time on accounting, and help facilitate special programs such as Platypus Watch, Seagrass Watch and the Catchment Scorecard.

To help you achieve beyond your expectations, please let us know how we can best deliver our services to you. Collectively we can all make proactive change for the benefit of our environment natural resources and community.

 

In this newsletter:

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Enjoy Gold Coast’s only community catchment news!

From the Gold Coast Catchment Association

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A HOME AT LAST:

What makes a home a home? A nursery, shed, office space, community meeting area, running water, toilets, and above all, a space for everyone to work together.

What else was on your list?

Thanks to Mark Tierney (Vice President of GCCA and involved with Nerang River Keepers), Country Paradise (aka ‘Paradise Country’) has been renovated for sporting and community groups to use; and fitted with all the above. Mark has been behind the initiative and securing commitment of Gold Coast City Council to fund the renovation in partnership with Skilling Queensland.

The vision is to encourage members of the Gold Coast Catchment Association to use Country Paradise to hold meetings and workshops, access free mulch, show-off any awards and share photos or priced-possessions. The space is free of charge for community groups to use and the foundations are essentially what GCCA is here for – to support groups achieve their objectives.

The tireless effort from the Nerang Community has be acknowledged and appreciated for successfully achieving this project under the previous local and State government. It has been an enormous project with an incredible vision, which is now a reality.

If you’d like to visit Country Paradise please contact Mark Tierney or alternatively attend our AGM in November, as it will be hosted at Country Paradise. Make note in your calendar to come along and check out this incredible community space!

 

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AWARDS

In 2011, we saw the Gold Coast receive numerous awards for the unsung heroes and organisations that are taking care of the incredible environment we share. This year looks to be the same, from the local to National scale.

There are two reasons for submitting award nominations. Firstly, to acknowledge the many individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to enhance the health and resilience of our environment. Secondly, to ensure NRM on the Gold Coast is acknowledged, to remind key decision-makers that we are here, and therefore to ensure support is on-going.

NATIONAL LANDCARE AWARDS – VOTE FOR THE GOLD COAST

National Landcare awards

A few months ago we submitted our award submission for the National Landcare awards for the Urban Landcare category, which will be announced in September during the Landcare Conference. BeachCare is also up for a National award for their contribution in Coastcare, and SEQ Catchments for the Australian Government NRM award.

Make sure Gold Coast’s NRM community groups and organisations are well represented on the national level. Vote now in the People’s Choice award by clicking here.


KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL CLEAN BEACHES

The Turner girls help keep Palm Beach clean! (Photo source: GCCM)
The Turner girls help keep Palm Beach clean! (Photo source: GCCM)

 

It is that time of year again for the Gold Coast to show off our beaches, coastal management strategies and the core community activity behind what makes a beach the cleanest. Keep Australia Beautiful’s Clean Beachescompetition is happening once again, which the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management coordinate Gold Coast’s nominations. Five key spots were nominated and include, The Spit to South Stradebroke Island, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Beach, Currumbin and Snapper to Kirra.

In the 2010/11 competition, the Gold Coast was awarded with five State awards, received the State Cleanest Beach title for Tallebudgera Beach, which then took out the overall National Award. So, the question is: what makes a clean beach the cleanest?

Take a look at the short clip Griffith Centre for Coastal Management and Gold Coast City Council developed to promote the initiative, as well as the work and individuals making the big clean difference. Click here!

 

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QUEENSLAND STATE LANDCARE CONFERENCE:

state landcare conference 2012

Gold Coast Catchment Association recently presented at the State Landcare conference, which was coordinated by Landcare QLD and QWaLC. The conference theme: Paddocks, Backyards and Balconies, Together making a difference, the Gold Coast was placed well within the theme.

As the Gold Coast may be perceived as only a glitz and glam destination, this was a perfect opportunity to remind people about our unique biodiversity, NRM activities across the whole region and the issues we face. The presentation gave a quirky and funky insight into NRM on the Gold Coast, major partners and GCCA’s role as a coordination body. It was well perceived and opened a great conversation about coordination bodies, the future of large ‘Landcare’ groups and issues as our landscape continually changes.

For more information about the conference and presentations, please click here.

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A HARBOR IN AN ESTUARY:

The debate is back on! As an election promise by Mayor Cr Tom Tate, he is determined to see a cruise ship terminal developed at The Spit. Despite the science, social and recreational values and community concerns.

Given the recent media coverage and artist-impression drawings mapped for Wave Break Island, the Save Our Spit campaign has been activated again. These new plans are of huge concern for the health of the Nerang and Broadwater Catchments, in terms of biodiversity, flood mitigation, on-going management and maintenance costs, etc; and not to mention pest species risk, threats to current industries and the loss of common land to private enterprise.

It seems there has been a lack of basic investigation for the ability to even have mega liners enter a coastal estuary, a cost-benefit analysis and appreciation for what local community members have got to say.

Amongst the debate, online voting and untrustworthy articles in the media, fortunately the ABC 7:30 QLD Report reported a truthful bulletin. This is of major concern and you can watch the bulletin: Critics Say Gold Coast Plan for Cruise Ships won’t float online.

Our position: The Gold Coast Catchment Association does not support the proposal for a Cruise Ship Terminal at The Spit on the grounds of the impact to the natural resources and the long-term sustainability of Gold Coast’s catchments.

For more information on the campaign please visit Save Our Spit Alliance website, click here. 

harbour in estuary

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EVERYONE’S ENVIRONMENT GRANTS:

Almost everyone is looking for a piece of the State Government’s pie with the release of Everyone’s Environment grants. The Everyone’s Environment grants program promises $12million over three years and is for Queensland community groups and like-minded organisations that tackle NRM in their local area.

The grant encourages people to partner to help fund activities that improve the local environment, including: tree planting, community clean-ups, waterway improvements and monitoring, and enhancing of natural beauty of local communities.

More information can be found online. The first round closes on the 28th September 2012.

Everyone’s Environment grants

 

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END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS:

end of yearJust a friendly reminder to let you know that there will be an end of year celebration for Gold Coast NRM community groups and organisations. Stay tuned for more information!

 

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN GCCC?

In the last newsletter we highlighted the Catchment Management Unit from Gold Coast Ctiy Council as a way to let you know who is who in the local council. Continuing the theme, this time round it is what’s happening in GCCC.

A core action from GCCC has been delivering targets of the Nature Conservation Strategy, which aims to conserve the city’s biodiversity and natural assets through a connected conservation network. With a decade long action strategy, many deliverables have been creating greater awareness for our natural assets. Additionally, supporting on-going restoration activities and buying open spaces to return them to nautral beauty.

One key action is the delivery of the Urban Biodiversity program. This is part of the “Strategic Outcome: 2” – the Gold Coast community has an appreciation, awareness and involvement with the natural environment. Basically, the program will develop and implement an Urban Biodiversity program that links with other Council plans and programs such as the Beaches to Bushland, Citywide Greening and catchment management.

A Science Communication consultancy group called Econnect will be contacting local community groups about the up-coming program. Please stay in the loop so you can put your two-cents into the program’s development and implementation.

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PLATYPUS WATCH

Keen Platypus Watch volunteers have been braving the early winter mornings during the first survey round for 2012. Natalie Hoskins said, “how amazing it was to see many new and old faces come along to help out”. What a great effort and the results are in!

SITE VOLUNTEERS NO. SURVEYS NO. OF PLATYPUS SITED
Coomera River 10 6 3
Mudgeeraba Creek 13 8 3
Tallebudgera Creek 12 10 0
Currumbin Creek 15 10 2

 

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO GOT UP BEFORE THE SUN TO PARTICIPATE! The next Platypus surveys are likely to be early September so keep an eye out for our survey dates and register your interest early! Please call Natalie on 0419522207 or email: theecologytree@gmail.com if you have any queries or if you spot a platypus and would like to record the observation.

 

playpuswatch sponsors

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A FESTIVAL UNDERWATER?

The 2012 Underwater Festival is happening next month andReef Check Australia team is part of it. The festival is a photo and video shootout event and is an amazing opportunity to share photos, favourite dive sites and help support volunteer reef monitoring and conservation. Plus, there is more than $100,000 in prizes up for grabs!

Reef Check Australia is the official Queensland Conservation Partner for the 2012 Underwater Festival. Festival organisers have generously offered to donate $10 from every $50 registration fee to support our ongoing volunteer reef health monitoring and education activities in Queensland.

Please, if you are a keen diver or know of someone that is, connect yourself or them with Jenn Loder from Reef Check at: jenn@reefcheckaustralia.org or on: 0402 284 681. For more information on the festival please click here.

reef check

 

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SUSTAINABILITY HOUSE DAY

This is an invitation to anyone interested in Sustainable Living and Building. Sustainable House Day is approaching – 9th September – and the national led event is looking for homes on the Gold Coast is help showcase and promote the cause.

Unfortunately organisers haven’t been able to secure any homes on the Gold Coast to participate. If you are interested in being part of this national event, please contact Ngaire McGaw asap: enquiries can be directed toadmin@shmeco.com and all the necessary information can be found at www.sustainablehouseday.com.

Sustainability House Day


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