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e-news Issue 17 December 2014
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What happened in 2014?

Thirst for a little a break is indeed on the cards for our members to restore energy from this year’s bumper efforts. Between mammoth plantings, workshops and events, we also saw members successfully win awards and receive grants (95% success rate). So much happened this year that we decided to put together an inspiring video to quickly capture 2014 (click here).

Nerang Riverkeepers planted a whooping 15,000 plants in the Nerang Catchment among their four sites and along the wetland at their home – at Country Paradise Parklands. Currumbin’s Ecovillage Land Management were also on planting duties after a successful Everyone’s Environment, which was matched towards the northern end with Coomera River Catchment Group who also stretched beyond the scope of previous years with wildlife shows and restoring Waterhen Lake. Northeastern Albert Landcare opened the Darlington Conservation House, which is now accessible for community groups to host workshops and use on a regular basis. Mount Tamborine Landcare also planted in between sparse rain, though, also maintained a busy schedule with the group’s Book Shop that supports funding gaps to keep them going.

We also experienced a 95% success rate for all grants submitted and were part of supporting many more successful projects. The next half of next year will be busy again completely these projects while planting seeds for more action. This is great news to share while being in a period where ‘funding’ is getting tighter. Nevertheless, we are determined than ever before to close our 5% gap and find needed $$ for a generator – the only grant not successful!

We hosted our AGM last weekend and it was great to see support with attendance from our members who represented every corner of the Gold Coast. We also welcome a new committee with a new face, Ms Tegan Croft who is the new BeachCare Coordinator at Griffith Centre for Coastal Management. Tegan will take on the secretary role - please click here for full committee details.

What's in our scope for 2015? We will host GC Biggest Tree Planting Day, support the annual Catchment Crawl, coordinate programs on behalf of the City of Gold Coast (PlatypusWatch and Bug on creepy creeper) and in between release 'A Connect Our Members' strategy supported by a potential signature forum or get-together - more information to come. 

As 2015 fast approaches please take the time to read on and share our news stories from across Gold Coast's catchments. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and see you in 2015. 

From the committee,
The Gold Coast Catchment Association 

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See the short video for some of the highlights shared in 2014. Lots of tree planting, environmental events and happiness, and hard work, many hands and great achievements. Have a happy summer and see you in 2015. 


Celebrating local heroes!

Gecko - Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council - recently held their Annual Environmental Awards night and it is great to share the results as many 'land care' champions received a Gecko award for their commitment to restoring Gold Coast's environment. 

John Thannhauser: has continued to provide leadership and dedication in bush care through Currumbin Creek Care which was formed in 2007. The group assists with the restoration of degraded riparian areas, through the planting of over 11,000 plants along a 1.5 km section public park known as Currumbin Creek Reach that passes through the sustainable living development known as the Eco-village. 

Loders Creek Catchment Association: was established in 1994 and has rehabilitated riparian and wetland areas identified as supporting habitat for the vulnerable Wallum froglet and other significant species. The group has also implemented a program to educate the local community on the values of Loders Creek. More significantly published a Gold Coast Wildlife book which you can purchase via the group. 

Natalie Hoskins: For her role as the coordinator and ambassador of PlatypusWatch and raising awareness about the need for healthy waterways. Natalie has actively lobbied for greater protection of platypus and other native species threatened by opera house traps.

Friends of Rainbow Bay: for maintaining and improving the biodiversity of the dunes and fostering community leadership in caring for the environment.

A big congratulations to everyone who received a Gecko Environmental Award. 

News from PlatypusWatch
words by Natalie Hoskins, coordinator of PlatypusWatch:

Wow! I feel so lucky to be the coordinator of such a great community project – PlatypusWatch. I have spent 2014 sharing the excitement of my volunteers seeing, in some cases for the first time, platypus in the wild. In May and October we conducted surveys across four Gold Coast waterways and amazingly 84 volunteers saw 17 Platypus - now that’s exciting! 

We were also thankful to have extra support from enthusiastic university students (Emma and Sarah) who braved early mornings to undertake a survey in the Coomera River on a monthly basis.

To balance the excitement we also had sadness when we learnt that two platypus drowned in a yabbie trap in the upper reaches of the Nerang River. This was a tragedy and shifted our focus to take on a more educational role in Mid 2014 with a number of radio interviews, TV interviews and magazine articles spreading the message that yabbie traps kill platypus (and other native species).

In 2015 we will continue our efforts on educating the wider community and of course look forward to our regular surveys and catching up with volunteers.
Many thanks to the City of Gold Coast, the Gold Coast Catchment Association and all volunteers for supporting PlatypusWatch and I look forward to an exciting 2015!

Please email Natalie Hoskins to ensure you receive her regular updates -

Video power for Cat’s claw creeper crusaders 

In recent months two new videos have been produced to teach Cat’s claw creeper crusaders simple tricks to manage environmental weeds, in particular, Cat's claw creeper. From animals to simple cut and paste or no paste techniques, there is more to biocontrol action against Cat's claw creeper - although we are seeing results from the Leaf-sucking jewel beetle. 

A group of landholders recently participated in the 'Save Our Native Tree Rescue workshop', which involved leading ecological restoration experts, Regen Australia, to teach a few simple tricks of the trade to compliment the free give away packs provided by SEQ Catchments. The workshop certainly inspired landholders and community champions who have reported their recent efforts in managing Cat's claw creeper on their properties or community 'Landcare' sites. 

If you missed the workshop there is still a chance to be inspired as SEQ Catchments has produced a simple short training video about how you can go about tackling Cat's claw creeper.

Another insightful video is a lecture from Dr David Low, founder of the Weeds Network, who is leading the conversation in innovative weed management techniques. The Weeds Network will also be providing a series of ChemFree workshops across the region is 2015 – due to demand so definitely say in the loop. 

To stay in the loop of the Bug-on creepy creeper program please register your contact details by emailing –

Landscaping gone wrong! (photo source: Google Images)

Boomerang Bags: Cardboard Pots Galore

If you are a keen propagated and looking for a more sustainable approach to pot up plants rather than use plastic pots Boomerang Bags has hundreds (maybe thousands) of sturdy cardboard pots free to use. 

Please contact Tania Potts for more information:

Art meets our Waterways 

Did you attend our AGM and were lost for words on the 'Sculpturing Our Waterways' project? Well, to put it simply The Big Idea is about connecting art to our waterways with a part museum, part sculpture approach to create a new kind of cultural space for Gold Coast's waterways. The heart of the project is also about creating the world's first open-air digital museum, housed within a sculpture. 

The team behind The Big Idea is looking for community input, especially stories. Connect with them to find out how you can contribute. 

For more information please visit 

UPDATE: Wetland restoration at Waterhen Lake, Oxenfort 

The northern community of the Gold Coast have been getting their hands dirty and feet wet with restoring Waterhen Lake in Oxenford - with mussels too!

2180 native plants planted
2000 Freshwater Floodplain Mussels installed
47 volunteers
Workshops galore 

Read more here!

Do you want plants and mussels to improve the health of your waterway? For more information about this project please contact the City’s Catchment Management Unit: 07 5581 7005 /
Has your address or membership details changed? Email or call 0423 846494.
Surfers Riverside Project 

The Gold Coast Waterways Authority has teamed with the City of Gold Coast to develop a shared vision for Appel Park and Lionel Perry Park in Surfers Paradise.

This vision of the masterplan is to create a riverside destination that is uniquely Gold Coast, connecting the community with the river, encouraging use and enjoyment of our waterways. 

Feedback is welcome. For more information please click here. 

Are you planning a plastic-free event in 2015? Contact the Water Swallow to hire their Water Hydration Stand to solve your plastic-free drinking water issue on 0410 552 025 or
Are you a Responsible Runner or Walker? Volunteers are needed at Responsible Runners Gold Coast to help clean up our beaches and waterways - and to implement strategies to combat issues. 

Get involved in greening the Gold Coast. Click here to visit the Beaches to Bushland website!

What happened in 2014? Check out our 2014 highlight video by clicking here.

Want to share a story? Contact the Association today. 

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