Care for our coasts? Volunteer at Ball Bay and Haliday Bay this weekend

Jul 4, 2012 | ,

On Saturday 7 July, volunteers can help with the maintenance of revegetation sites at Ball Bay and Haliday Bay, including weeding and watering, as part of the winter series of Coastal Community Activities.

While the beaches at Ball Bay and Haliday Bay are loved by residents and visitors, they are also important habitats for nesting marine turtles.

Volunteers can help to protect these habitats by attending Coastal Community Activities.

“The revegetation work being conducted along the dune front aims to reduce light pollution by creating a continuous zone of coastal vegetation on our sand dunes. This reduces the impact on nesting and hatching marine turtles,” said Ms Zahmel, Reef Catchments Project officer.

Coordinated by Reef Catchments and Mackay Regional Council, Coastal Community Activities aim to improve the condition of our coastal environments while allowing for appropriate recreational use.

“There is always room for more volunteers at the Coastal Community Activities. We are looking to spread the word and get more locals to join their neighbours in looking after our beaches,” Ms Zahmel said.

Can’t attend volunteer sessions on 7 July? There are plenty of other ways that you can help care for our coasts, such as using pedestrian access tracks, composting garden waste or disposing of it at a Council waste facility, and enjoying walking on the beach and leave cars and motorbikes for use on the roads.

The full program of Coastal Community Activities can be found on Alternatively, contact Ms Noni Zahmel at or 4968 4215.

Mackay Coastal Community Activities are an initiative under the Coasts and Communities Project, which is supported by Mackay Regional Council and Reef Catchments through the Natural Environment Levy and Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program.