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e-news Issue 15 August 2014
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Action Packed Action 

around Gold Coast's catchments

An Action Packed Action August is here and before no time, we will be celebrating this years achievements at Country Paradise Parklands. Though, before then we have action packed action to carry out around Gold Coast's catchments. 

First up, last month we saw the launch of the City of Gold Coast's 2014/15 Naturally GC program. It is great to see more and more activities advertised, and we must add diversity too. From nature photography to bushwalking and tree planting, there is plenty to do and see around Gold Coast catchments. The best part about it is that it is free too! So, take the time to trail through the brochure by following the link. 

We also saw one of our member groups, Friends of Rainbow Society awarded with a heritage and culture award at Keep Australia Beautiful's Clean Beaches ceremony held at Currumbin Beach. The Gold Coast played host for the ceremony being last years overall award recipient for Australia's Cleanest Beach. A big congratulations to the Northern Territory beach of Nhulunbuy for taking out Australia's Cleanest Beach award for 2014. 

Moving forward, in the coming month, many groups will set their grove for the next 12months as the City's People's Budget is now confirmed - with $35,080,71.00 for nature and conservation, see link. With the Commonwealth Games and Cultural Precinct taking priority, we must continue to encourage the 'greener' initiatives to ensure such major projects integrate nature and conservation. 

We must leave it here to share other news that is happening across Gold Coast's catchments, and remember to follow us and share your news via our social media channels - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

Catch up soon, 
The Gold Coast Catchment Association.

Much needed equipment free to use! The Association was recently successful in receiving a City Community Action Grant worth $3K to purchase audio, visual and sound equipment, and a few other goodies for our members to use. 

Are you holding an event and need access to a PA, projector, lap top or Go Pro. Contact the Association to find out how you can access to equipment. 

We would also love to hear what equipment you need, as the Association has the capacity to assist with grants, especially for resource and equipment grants. 

Natalie Hoskins, an Environmental Scientist and PlatypusWatch Coordinator from the Association has been surveying Platypus on the Gold Coast for 3 years, and even she finds them hard to spot. As a result, most people carry out their day without thinking how everyday actions can play a deadly impact.

Deadly is in fact very real and disturbing with two Platypus found killed by an opera house trap in the Nerang River last Tuesday. These traps have been banned across the east coast of Australia, but are not banned in Queensland.

“These traps are commonly used in freshwaters to catch yabbies or crayfish. Sadly, these traps are one of the major threats to platypus throughout Australia”, said Natalie.

“The Platypus swim into the trap and because they are air breathing mammals they drown. These traps should clearly not be set in water bodies where platypus occur. They are also a death trap for water rats and turtles”.

“Given the deadly nature of the traps, we would like these traps to be banned.” Natalie urges the public to please be aware of the dangers of using these traps in our waterways.

“We love our platypus and want to see them not just surviving, but thriving in our beautiful hinterland waterways”. 

We have written a statement to Alex Douglas MP to raise the issue in Parliament. 

If you attended Gold Coast's Biggest Tree Planting Day in May you've been involved with Nerang Riverkeepers! The fruits of your labour will pay nature dividends... Check out the Turtle Video we've recently released to showcase the benefits of healthy waterways!
 

Click here!

Life a lot less is plastic is now even more of a reality with Yeskandoo's The Welcome Swallow - a hydration stand. Funded by a Community Gambling Grant, the incredible Tania Potts, founder of the initiative worked with a local metal manufacturing company to ensure every step of the way was as least plastic as possible. The hydration stand will be used across the region at festivals and functions with the aim to reduce dependencies on bottled water as such events. 

Are you holding an event? Email Tania Potts (info@yeskandoo.org) to find out how you can book The Welcome Swallow for your event!
Boomerang Bags are making impact as seen at the Impact Social Enterprise Conference in Brisbane.

Are you holding an event and need bags? Email Jordyn De Boer (jordyn.deboer@gmail.com). Follow Boomerang Bags story on Facebook as it just keeps growing!!

More trees for the Gold Coast! 

Energex, SEQ Catchments and the City of Gold Coast have partnered to protect the integrity of the Pimpama River Conservation Area. In fact, plant 90,000 trees over an area larger than Brisbane's City Botanic Gardens. 

Trees species will be specific for Koala and Glossy Black Cockatoos, and will improve vegetation cover to filter nutrients out of the waterways that would otherwise make their way into Moreton Bay. 

What a partnership!

Want to share a story? Contact the Association to ensure it makes the cut for Issue 16 October 2014.

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Much appreciation to our members, supporters and friends of Gold Coast's catchments.