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2013 - what a year!

Another year has almost gone and what a year it has been! Individuals, member groups, friends and partners of Gold Coast Catchment Association have gone from strength to strength. Much success has been achieved, along with lessons learnt. Key highlights include:
  • Gold Coast Catchment Crawl supported by SEQ Catchments and City of Gold Coast - see video
  • Acknowledged Peter Davidson as the first Lifetime Member of the Association - see video 
  • Presented at many functions, including Healthy Waterways Report Card Launch
  • Currumbin Beach was awarded Australia's Cleanest Beach - see video
  • 100% success rate for the Everybody's Environment Grant
  • Developed a new website and social media networks for our members
  • Celebrated achievements at the City of Gold Coast Environmental Volunteer end of year celebration - see video and photos
  • Amongst much more!
It is evident 2014 will be bigger and better. In the meantime, have a relaxing Christmas and New Years summer break and we look forward to catching up in the new year: from the Gold Coast Catchment Association Committee.

To find out more about our activities, available resources and collaborations, please email - 

Welcoming the new committee

We recently held our 13th Annual General Meeting and those who were in attendance gave positive reports. It was also encouraging to see new faces, old friends and a diversity of members present. In particular, Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed Branch, who highlighted how they been working in collaboration with other members and community groups to raise awareness about plastics ending up in the ocean. Such reports from members can help us send a wider message about catchment management, in particular, how what happens upstream effects downstream.

Many thanks to those who have been on the committee in recent years and have stepped down to welcome five new committee members! Our new committee will meet in the first quarter of 2014 to discuss fresh ideas to continue our services as Gold Coast's umbrella organisation for 'on-ground greening groups'. 

City of Gold Coast's Environmental Volunteer celebration 

The City of Gold Coast recently put on a thank you celebration for all environmental volunteers who volunteer in the City's 'greening' programs (e.g. Beaches to Bushland, BeachCare, Catchment Creek Groups, etc.). Every year seems to be more vibrant,  indicating the energy, dedication and passion volunteers and coordinators have to improve our environment's ecological values and open opportunities for the community to connect with the land. 

Mayor Tom Tate, along with Councillors Daphne MacDonald, Chris Robbins, Tracey Gilmore and Glenn Tozer and guest Don Wilson from Bushcare Major Day Out were in attendance. This set a perfect opportunity to showcase the many projects and volunteers who are dedicated to restoring public and private land and quite possibly inspired more support for Mayor Tom Tate.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to Saraya Robinson from the City's Natural Areas Management Unit for pulling the right strings to make it happen, along with the unsung heroes that work for the City!

To check out the gallery of photos on our Facebook page - click here and see the video we've produced.

Get connected

Communication is the backbone of any organisation and initiative, especially to open networking opportunities and collaboration. This is why we have invested in upgrading our website and social media networks for our members. There are now ample of opportunities to promote your activities, events, stories or even post a question. Most of all, CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE! For all communication questions or interests please contact Naomi Edwards our Communications Officer via email -

 Congratulations: Currumbin Beach wins Australia's Cleanest Beach

Congratulations to everyone involved in the recent success of Currumbin Beach winning Australia's Cleanest Beach.  This is the second time round for a Gold Coast beach to win a national title, which is a very competitive program facilitated by Keep Australia Beautiful. Naomi Edwards and Joel Hayes from Griffith Centre for Coastal Management had the top job of coordinating Currumbin's nomination and judging, which resulted in a huge collaboration of stakeholders from The Ecovillage to Currumbin SLSC and further. 

"It's inspiring to see so many individuals and organisations working together to keep the creek to beach clean, which makes my job extremely rewarding", said Joel Hayes. 

Much appreciation to the City of Gold Coast for their continuing support for The Coastal Community Engagement Program, which supported the successful award. You have to be in it to win it, and there is no rest for the team at the Centre as they are currently preparing 2013/14 State judging for Burleigh and the Snapper to Kirra beaches!  We think you can agree that Gold Coast's beaches are Australia's best and cleanest - no bias of course! 

To find out what else has been happening and planned for BeachCare, please read their latest Beach Cuttings Issue.  #currumbin to join the virtual conversation!
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