WE are being given a chance to give Gold Coast beaches a fighting chance on the weekend.
City of Gold Coast and the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management are calling on residents, students and schools to lend a hand as part of the July BeachCare program.
Volunteers will be planting native dune plants, removing weeds and picking up beach litter at three different locations across the city.
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Mayor Tom Tate said the initiative was funded by the City and delivered by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.
“More than 800 volunteers have clocked 2000 hours, planted over 2000 native dunes plants, removed over eight tonnes of weeds and two tonnes of rubbish this financial year,” he said.
“We know the valuable contribution this initiative makes to our coastline, which is why the City invests more than $110,000 into the BeachCare program each year.
“This is a great example of how we are bringing research, coastal management and the community together as part of our broader Ocean Beaches Strategy.”
BeachCare Coordinator Tegan Croft said with BeachCare groups extending from Paradise Point to Rainbow Bay, there were plenty of opportunities for people to join in.
“With the leadership of BeachCare facilitators, you’ll learn interesting facts about the coast and how our beaches are managed,” she said.
“This is a fantastic free, fun and family-friendly activity that will leave you with a real sense of making a difference to our beautiful city.”
There are two upcoming events. One is on Saturday 18 July 9am – 11am at Broadbeach, the beach end of Australia Ave.
And the other is a National Tree Day event in Labrador, 200 metres north of Charis Seafood, on Saturday 25 July 9am – 11am.
The Gold Coast Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013-2023 outlines the preferred approach to managing the city’s 52 kilometres of ocean beaches.