GCCA e-News - Issue No. 14, June 2014
Catch up on Gold Coast’s catchment news
Australia has experienced record temperatures for autumn with some of the warmest days basking as if it is summer. The warmer than usual weather is correlated with the Pacific Oscillation Index, which brings drier, associated El Nino events. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, for the month of June there is a more than 70% higher chance of exceeding median maximum temperatures. That means drier conditions, especially for plants and animals or simply for our sake, less favourable conditions for planting.
Luckily, we have already exceeded our own expectations with planting 12,000 plants in one day in May! Yes, Gold Coast’s Biggest Tree Planting Day has come and gone. Although the day felt like it zoomed past with finishing planting by 12pm and all packed up by 3pm, the smooth organisation and huge volunteer commitment needs the up-most acknowledgement we can applause too! Well done to those involved and please read on for more information about the day.
In June, we will be hosting a strategic meeting that is open to all members. To prepare for the meeting we have developed a survey to capture member’s ideas, thoughts and feedback on where the Association could be heading over the next five years – click here to take the 15min survey!
Without further ado, please read on to find out what’s making news and headlines for Gold Coast’s catchments.
In this issue:
Remember all members are welcome to join our bi-monthly meetings: July and September.
Enjoy the warmer winter!
From the Gold Coast Catchment Association committee
Gold Coast Green Week!
Get amongst Gold Coast’s green spaces as Green Week is here!
How did we connect to the creek?
12,000 plants were planted by volunteers for Gold Coast’s biggest community tree planting day. As part of Healthy Waterways Connect to your creek week, Nerang Riverkeepers with support from the Association and the City of Gold Coast, coordinated the event, which attracted over 350 people.
Volunteers from across the city got their hands dirty to achieve the massive planting at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. Huge efforts completed stage 2 of a wetland project that aims to improve the creek's water quality and provide habitat for native wildlife.
“Planting trees is a great way to connect to our creeks,” said Mark Tierney, coordinator of Nerang Riverkeepers. “All efforts will have a last effect for generations to come”.
It was a great day out with live music from Kate Leopold’s band, support from Gecko, Natura Education, Ocean Connect and Boomerang Bags, and an all day Bunnings BBQ, and many helping hands from local schools, youth groups and clubs.
Many thanks to those who were involved and Regen Australia
for additional sponsorship!
to view the happy snaps and watch the news coverage, here.
Hundreds of community members worked together to plant over 12,000 plants!
We want your strategic vision
Since 2001, the Association has acted as an umbrella organisation for the many groups and individuals involved in caring for Gold Coast’s waterways, natural areas and coastal environment. Whether activities involve removing weeds, controlling pest species, planting native plants or collecting litter, all efforts are essential to restore our catchments to places of beauty, clean water and native habitat that will support our communities and our wildlife for the centuries to come.
To ensure we are achieving our mission, we have set a date to get together over a BBQ to strategically talk about our big dreams and desires. All members are invited. Though, if you can't attend we have prepared a 15min survey for you to complete - click here -
and for those who can attend, please complete the survey as it will help us prepare for the meeting. We appreciate your time and effort to do the survey!
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
for catering purposes.
A strategic get together
Saturday 21st June, 2pm-5pm
Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang
(231 Nerang-Beaudesert Road)
Northeast Albert Landcare launches Darlington Conservation House
To celebrate 20 years of partnership between Boral and Northeast Albert Landcare, everyone is invited to the Official Opening of the Darlington Conservation House - a local environmental-hub where Landcare will coordinate and continue its conservation activities across the area.
Friday 20th June, 10.15am for a 10.30am start
24 Cliff Barrons Road, Ormeau (Kingsholme)
RSVP by Friday 13th
June to Elke Stapf: email@example.com
or phone (07) 3867 7470 / 0401 896 240.
Bug on creepy creeper update
In partnership with Biosecurity Queensland, City of Gold Coast and SEQ Catchments, we can confirm that progress with the release of the Leaf-mining jewel beetle (Hylaeogena jureceki) to reduce the spread of Cat’s claw creeper is causing some effects.
Since February, we have been monitoring two sites where community members have released the jewel beetle; in addition, propagate Cat’s claw creeper with special approval for Biosecurity’s biocontrol agent stock. Another element of the program has involved supporting Nerang Riverkeepers to build two greenhouses to grow the Cat’s claw creeper and secondly house infected plants ready for community groups and members to collect.
Although there has been some slight step backs with the availability of bugs and volunteer capacity, we can also confirm both the City of Gold Coast and SEQ Catchments will be supporting the biocontrol program for another year – as this is part of a five-year project.
Over the next 12months, additional workshops and working bee activities will be coordinated. Please ensure your contact details are registered with the coordinator if you have a bursting desire to also help reduce Cat’s claw creeper and save our trees and waterways!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or request for more information.
SEQ Catchments news
- SEQ Catchments will be hosting property management workshops across the region between July – December.
- Both the City of Gold Coast and SEQ Catchments have a range of excellent resources on land management and biodiversity conservation freely available to the community. Resources include topics such as the identification and management of both weed species and native plans, bushland restoration, management of horse properties andgrazing lands.
- Many thanks to SEQ Catchments for producing this short video about the Catchment Crawl held in April this year. Please visit You Tube via the link to view the video.
To find out more about SEQ Catchments activities on the Gold Coast, please contact Linda Durham:
City of Gold Coast – Corporate Communications
Considering the many changes internally at the City of Gold Coast, we understand that it is hard to keep informed about who’s who in zoo. This time we shed the spotlight on Corporate Communications.
Corporate Communications are responsible for:
- Upholding a positive image and reputation of the City.
- The community has access to objective and balanced information about the City’s decisions, activities and services.
- Coordinate and integrate corporate approach to information delivery.
- Ensure the City understands information needs of the community.
For your information, it would be worthwhile checking the changes to the City’s external relations policy, which will limit Divisional Councillors to directly engage with media. Instead, Mayor Tom Tate will act as the first citizen to comment on City activities, etc. (though this policy still has to be passed in council).
Nevertheless, we suggest that you carry on with your business as usual, though keep in mind:
We’ve seen bikinis and boardshorts first stitched on the Gold Coast, then revolutionise beach culture across the world. Today, there is a another good reason why Boomerang Bags have been likened to the next big wave of awareness having been first stitched on the Gold Coast.
Boomerang Bags co-founders Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts have been driving the community bag share initiative for over 18months, which they officially launched on the weekend in Burleigh.
“Since the launch on Saturday, we have been overwhelmed with support, especially from large-scale businesses such as Woolworths”, said Jordyn.
“Being a grassroots initiative that provides a positive alternative to plastic bags, on-going support has made it happen and we are so appreciative of all efforts.”
To find out more about the bags please visit boomerangbags.org
or even better – attend one of their sewing bee days!