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. 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
Town Beach summer school holiday Coastcare event
Our last school holidays Coastcare events provided free and interactive activities with the theme ‘What is living on our coasts?’ for children aged five to 12.
This event attracted nearly 60 participants, comprising mainly children and their parents. Mackay Regional Council, Mackay District Turtle Watch Association, Pioneer Catchment Landcare and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority ran an activity station each. The focus of the event was biodiversity, with kids learning all about native and non-native plant and animals species in the Mackay region. The Coastcare Heroes booklet was a take-home activity booklet in which kids filled in questions from each activity. Additionally, 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!
Goodbye Waders Coastcare event
More than 20 children, parents, and birdwatchers came down to Far Beach in April to wish Mackay’s visiting migratory shorebirds a safe and happy journey to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. Birdlife volunteers assisted participants in identifying shorebirds and held a discussion on the key threats to these species. Free dog collars were given out to promote keeping dogs on-leash when walking them near shorebirds, so as to reduce the amount of disturbance to their feeding. Mackay Regional Council and Conservation Volunteers Australia also helped out, providing equipment and a BBQ lunch for participants.
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