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e-news Issue 18 January 2015
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2015: the Year of Light

2015 marks the Year of Light. On 20th December 2014, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly 68th Session marked 2015 to be the Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. The idea behind the 'Year of' and marking 'Light' to be of international significance is a global initiative in which the UN coordinates to raise awareness of significant causes and subjects. Marking 'Light' means citizens of the world can recognise the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, for their futures and the development of society. 

An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that international policymakers and stakeholders are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. We now have a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of this.


John Dudley, Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee

To light up the year and contribute to the international pledge we will share stories about light and light-based technologies throughout the year.  For more information on the Year of Light please visit

While our landscape's thirst was on the radar in late 2014 we can rest assure our waterfalls and waterways a following freely since the downpour we experienced almost seconds into 2015. Carrara was the hardest hit with 107mm of rain recorded, 94mm at Clagiraba and 60mm at the Hinze Dam. Let's hope this is a good sign for 2015. Although, our thoughts are with those in Victoria and South Australia currently dealing with stricken heat waves and extreme fire conditions. 

Following the theme of radars, what's on our radar for 2015, though most importantly what is on your radar for the year - ayear yet to be filled with smiling faces, planting trees and beautifying our catchments. We want to know and we want you to share via uploading your events to our e-calendar.

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. We will also focus on inspiring more youth to take action and connect with our members with coordinating a Landcare Leadership Retreat for students (more details to come). 

As 2015 is fast unrolling please take the time to read on, make note of meeting and event dates, and share our news from across Gold Coast's catchments.

We hope to catch up with you soon!

From the committee,
The Gold Coast Catchment Association 

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Regen Australia has recently come onboard as a partner of the Gold Coast Catchment Association to provide our members discounts on selected native plants. For more information please visit or drop into their native nursery - 178 Gooding Drive, Merrimac and follow the signs to the back of Plantmark. 
Have you experienced Federation Walk Coastal Reserve? Experience a slice of coastal heaven at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve (eastern side of The Spit) with 93ha of unique coastal dunes making it a bird paradise and listed as one of the top 10 things to do and see on the Gold Coast.

With the many Friends of Federation Walk planting trees on the last Sunday of every month between February to November make sure you enjoy the coastal reserve at one of their community planting days - and enjoy a sang or two after putting in a tree. For more information visit
Care for your local beach with BeachCare! With community dune care activity occurring from Paradise Point to Rainbow Bay and almost every Saturday there are plenty of opportunities to care for Gold Coast's beaches. Please wear enclosed shoes, a hat and sunscreen. For more information please click here.
Beaches to bushland is another busy program providing opportunities for the Gold Coast community to connect with our environment. There are many events occurring almost every weekend and quite possibility right on your doorstep. 

To keep up with what's on and where please visit our e-calendar and for more details on Beaches to bushland visit click here.
Go Green with Naturally GC is ANOTHER opportunity for you to connect, discover and explore the natural beauty of the Gold Coast. 

From guided walks and talks to special hands on activities, nature and adventure is only a click away - click here to explore the natural GC. 

Become a citizen scientist 

In May 2014, an inaugural workshop that brought together scientists, educators, communicators, decision-makers and the wider community was held in Brisbane to discuss a strategy for citizen science - on a national level. There were quite a few familiar and local faces at the meeting, including SEQ Catchments, Natura Education, Seagrass Watch and the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management. 

The outcome of the workshop was the establishment of the Citizen Science Network of Australia (CSNA) to develop a 'community of practice',  which supports researchers, educators, businesses, science communicators, government, community groups and community volunteers in all aspects of citizen science.

So, what is citizen science? Basically, citizen science provides a process to engage community volunteers (‘citizen scientists’) to assist professional scientists in the collection of research. Most of you are probably already citizen scientists and didn't even know it. 

Fast track to 2015, SEQ Catchments will be facilitating a research project to dig a little deeper to discover how we (everyone) can tap into citizen science opportunities to collect data, streamline data, and make data available to inform decision in natural resource management.

For more information about the national network please click here and if you would like to know more about the research project SEQ Catchments will be facilitating please don't hesitate in contacting us via 

In the meantime you can become a citizen scientist with the many opportunities available on the Gold Coast. See below for more information. 

Have fun being a citizen scientist! 

Attention: Wild Dogs

Are you interested in contributing your view to the issue of how to get the community more involved in wild dog management?

The newly formed Gold Coast Pest Management Group would like to invite anyone who is interested in wild dog management to participate in a focus group to assist the City of Gold Coast and relevant stakeholders in defining and prioritising what actions you would like to see members of your community take up to contribute to effective wild dog management.

This focus group is being run as part of a broader research project that involves a partnership with the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) and Biosecurity Queensland. The research aims to apply well-tested behavioural science principles and methods to the issue of wild dog management in the periurban area of the Gold Coast region in an effort to promote increased community engagement on the issue.

The focus group will run for approximately 2 hours with the date and venue to be announced by 23 January. If you are interested please an EOI that is currently open until 20 January by emailing to Dr Patty Please at You are also welcome to call her on 0455 094 234 if you have any questions.

For more information please see the attached information sheet.

Has your address or membership details changed? Email or call 0423 846494.
Connect with our members - and check your contact details. Click here to view our comprehensive member group contact list. 
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
Become a member today. It's free and we don't hassle or spam, though, we do inspire you to take action to care for Gold Coast's catchments.
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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