A large part of the Coasts and Communities Program deals with working 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. To keep up to date with Coastcare activities please register to receive our quarterly newsletter.
Forthcoming Coastcare Events
Looking for something fun to do that gets you outside where you can enjoy nature? Come along to our Coastcare events, where you and your family will learn all about the plants, processes, pests and native critters in our coastal ecosystems! Feedback from past events has described the Coastcare school holidays program as being a “great educational opportunity for children”, fusing entertainment and education seamlessly. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and this website for upcoming Coastcare events.
Video on how education and awareness help to protect the Great Barrier Reef
This video was made by students, and a teacher, at Cannonvale State School. It talks about the importance of the Great Barrier Reef, which is located on their doorstep, and how they are helping to protect it.
Recent Coastcare Events
Operation Target Tilapia
During the Easter school holidays, Reef Catchments put on its biggest event to date. More than 300 registered participants came along to the Gooseponds to participate in a pest fishing competition. The purpose of the event was to raise community awareness about Tilapia, a pest within our waterways. Since people are one of the main causes of its spread, it is important to address community education in order to manage the issue.
Eight Tilapia were caught in total, but other activities included the release of 150 barra fingerlings (natural predators of the Tilapia), revegetation of a drainage line into the Gooseponds, and a series of educational presentations.
Prizes were given away for the biggest, first and most Tilapia caught, as well as lucky door prizes donated by a range of local organisations.
Coastcare Kids: Threats to our Wildlife
During the last school holidays Coastcare events provided free and interactive activities with the theme ‘Threats to our wildlife’ for children aged 5 to 10. A total of 18 families (49 participants) joined in the fun.
Mackay Regional Council, Mackay and District Turtle Watch Association, Birdlife Mackay and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ran an activity station each. The focus of the event was biodiversity, with kids learning about some of the threats that our native wildlife face, including marine debris, disturbance to migrations, and climate change. At the end of activities, prizes were given out to standout participants. These quizzes proved that the key themes of the day had been received by the children! Reef Catchments also provided a pizza lunch for the families.
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