Coastal conservation, turtle talks, marine debris removal and weed walks kept more than 150 children and their families busy at Bucasia Beach as part of the Coastcare School Holidays Program in September.
The highly successful event saw a total of 152 children and 76 adults take part in a morning of educational fun at an important flatback turtle nesting ground.
Mackay Regional councillor Theresa Morgan said the activity morning was a joint initiative of Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council with support from the Australian Government.
“This is a prime example of how council’s Natural Environment Levy is making a real difference to our local community and our flora and fauna,” Cr Morgan said.
“Our children are very much our future and by offering initiatives like this we are helping to foster a conservation mindset that will ensure many generations to come will be able to enjoy our pristine, beautiful beaches.
“Also, this is an excellent cost-free option for parents who want to keep the kids busy in a fun and educational setting these school holidays.”
Reef Catchment’s coasts project officer Jessica Berryman said Bucasia Beach was specifically chosen as it is an important nesting beach for the flatback turtle.
“An average of 16 turtle nests have been recorded each year along the Bucasia Beach foreshore,” she said.
“The beach itself is threatened by a number of pressures including weed invasion, the impacts of coastal development and recreational use.
“Coastcare aims to address these impacts through volunteer-based action.
“We look forward to promoting hands-on conservation learning and challenging our young volunteers with more great activities and events planned ahead.”