The Coastcare program is up and running again with some brave volunteers heading out (despite the wet weather) to give some much needed TLC to Bucasia Beach recently.
Thanks to the support of Mackay Regional Council and Reef Catchments, the team of volunteers spent the morning removing weeds and tending to native vegetation.
“Five years ago, I had never seen this weed in the area, it’s great to see an enthusiastic group taking care of the beach” said Mark, a local resident.
Bucasia is a nesting beach for the Flatback turtle and has great aesthetic and recreational value to the community.
“Removing plastic and other litter is beneficial the people who enjoy our beaches, but it also protects our wildlife,” said Jess Berryman, Reef Catchments coastal officer.
“Removal of weeds allows native plants to re-establish which in turn works to stabilise the dunes, serves as habitat and a food source for native wildlife and builds coastal resilience to severe weather events.
“Looking after our beaches is everyone’s responsibility, we need to be mindful of the beautiful coastline we have and what we don’t want to lose. Coastcare starts with you.”
Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council are rolling out Coastcare activities on your local beaches, for more information, please contact Jess Berryman
E: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org | M: 0429155841 |
This program is a joint initiative of Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council with support from the Australian Government and the Mackay Regional Council’s Natural Environment Levy.