A big part of the Coasts and Communities Program is to work with coastal communities to identify local environmental problems and achieve practical solutions. Coastcare is an Australia-wide community of volunteers who care for their coast.
There was lots of free fun during September school holidays!
During the recent school holidays Coastcare lined up some exciting and free holiday fun for children aged from five to 12. Two events were run, one at Conway Beach and the other at Bucasia.
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The Whitsundays Source Reduction Workshop
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Eco Barge Clean Seas, Tangaroa Blue Foundation, and the Whitsunday Regional Council recently joined forces to help prevent litter from becoming marine debris and they were helped by a huge crowd of volunteers. The event was held at Eco Barge HQ at Lot 13, Shute Harbour Road at Airlie Beach.
Coastcare School Holidays ‘Kids day out’
During the Easter holidays, more than 100 lucky kids took part in the Coastcare School Holidays Program.
The activity morning’s run at popular Mackay and Whitsundays beaches, saw a great turn out with over 100 children and their families taking part in fun filled educational activities.
With a focus on native animals, kids learnt all about special animals living in our region and the threats to these populations such as marine debris, boat strikes, clearing, feral and domestic animals.
The interactive activities offered children the opportunity to have fun, think about the issues at hand and propose solutions as to how they (their parents and the community) could make a positive difference and protect these amazing animals!
Reef Catchments Coastal Project Officer, Jess Berryman said the day was a great way for young beach-goers to learn more.
“We wanted children to have a fun morning learning about coastal conservation and leave with an idea of how they could help solve the issues causing declining populations in our unique native animals.”She went on to explain everyone is responsible for protecting our wildlife;
“There are easy steps everyone can take to protect native wildlife- putting a propeller guard on your outboard, picking up litter when you see it and keeping your cat indoors all help protect native wildlife.”
Thanks to all the wonderful families who came along! We look forward to seeing you again soon!
Loved up learning!
Coastcare has once more delivered a successful community engagement morning filled with opportunities for all ages.
Almost 30 volunteers converged on the Mackay Natural Environment Centre where they enjoyed a morning of loved-up learning about the significance of coastal vegetation and how to propagate native seeds to be used for protection of the beautiful beach areas around Mackay.
Coast and biodiversity project officer, Jess Berryman, said the Coastcare events were all age inclusive.
“This past weekend we had volunteers from just two years old up to 70 trying their hand at plant propagation and learning about proactive coastal management,” she said.
“We are thrilled with how well the event was received! The kids had an absolute ball helping propagate plants, they really took the message to ‘get your hands dirty for the coast’ quite literally!
“More “mature” volunteers managed to keep themselves relatively dry and spent the morning learning all about plant propagation and protecting coastal vegetation from our own Mackay Regional Council nursery manager, Sue McCormack.
Jess said she had made some excellent connections at the event where she enjoyed spending time with likeminded people who really cared about the environment.”
Parents praised the event on the weekend, with one father calling to say his daughter had such a good time, she woke him on Sunday, already dressed and ready to spend another morning volunteering. He added the family would definitely remain involved with Coastcare as it was a great opportunity to get outside and to do something positive to protect the region.
A recent influx of young adults at Coastcare events is a strong indication that Coastcare messages about what Coastcare is and what the program aimed to achieve was being heard in the community.
Jess said there were a number of events planned for the region which provided an excellent opportunity to keep children and adults engaged with the great outdoors.
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