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Beach Cuttings Issue 45 November 2013

PALM BEACH, 27TH AVENUE: Volunteers have been working hard to keep up with the maintenance of past efforts and supplementary native dune planting. Due to the lower incidence of weeds, Pandanus and other native species self-seed, which indicates volunteered efforts have successfully restored this dune to a functioning system. Concerns have gone from vandalism, weeds and litter, to the current seawall upgrade proposal for the Palm Beach A-line Seawall. This will cause major impact, however, close liaison with the City of Gold Coast has assured that the site will be restored on completion. The upgrade is part of the Three-Point Plan and is a step forward in preparing the city’s coastline for the future. If you would like to know more about this upgrade please don’t hesitate in contacting BeachCare. The next BeachCare event is on Saturday 7th December from 9am - 11am and will be supported Burleigh C&K Kindergarten.

SILLY SEASON ARRIVES It’s time for another BeachCare update already! As the months fly, so do our BeachCare events. The best part about our busy calendar of events is that it opens opportunities to gain an understanding of the health of Gold Coast’s beaches and dunes, and community concerns and interests about the coast. If we can take a trip down memory lane to earlier this year, our beaches and dunes weren’t in the best shape after ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald as near cyclonic conditions directly impacted most of the Gold Coast’s ocean beaches. Though, in more recent months we have been blessed with lowimpact near shore conditions to allow the dunes to capture sand to replenish the beaches. This proves an eroded dune isn’t necessarily an unhealthy dune and that urban dune systems do have the capacity to naturally replenish. As summer is fast approaching, we acted on the need to maintain community participation with the launch of Summertime with BeachCare! Yes, just when you thought

we needed a rest, we have organised an additional 10 events to help satisfy the needs of our beaches and dunes. Many thanks to our corporate partners at Landcare Australia Limited for making this happen, so you can now get your BeachCare fix over the silly season too! As the end of the year is almost here, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers and partners for their efforts in helping keep Gold Coast’s beaches the best – and the Cleanest! To acknowledge everyone’s involvement, we will be hosting a BeachCare Beach BBQ at North Burleigh on Saturday 14th December after the planting session. Everyone is welcome and please RSVP for catering purposes. Last but definitely not least, congratulations to everyone involved in the recent success of Currumbin Beach being awarded Australia’s Cleanest Beach. #currumbin to join in on the celebrations and virtual conversation. Have a safe silly season over the summer,

Joel Hayes and the BeachCare crew

a’s Cleanest Beach! Currumbin Beach wins Australi and’s and Australia’s Cleanest Beach! Currumbin Beach is officially Queensl held by Keep Australia Beautiful at An award ceremony was recently where we accepted the award on Coogee Beach in Western Australia, to keep Currumbin Beach spotless. behalf of those who work tirelessly for Averil Bones (the judge) to make, It must have been a tough decision sidering the eight categories, scoring as all finalists were outstanding. Con ction, everyone from The Ecovillage procedure and an expert panel sele y uld be proud of this award. Especiall to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary sho ing tand outs n last 30 years have bee Friends of Currumbin, who for the bin Beach is kept as it is today for rum community leaders to ensure Cur es with many this to acknowledge all to enjoy tomorrow. The award com e happened without dedication and everyone’s input, as this couldn’t hav City of Gold Coast has already kick passion for Currumbin Beach. The for further updates. started celebrations, so stay in the loop nce and celebrations! #currumbin to share your experie

Naomi Edwar ds & Joe l Hayes wit h t he nat ional award

Become a Friend of Rainbow Bay today! Friends of Rainbow Bay have commenced an extension rejuvenation project from Snapper Rocks and Froggy Beach Headland. This is part of a long-term project, with major works expected to be completed within the coming year. Also, with guidance from BeachCare, they have recently launched a new website and Facebook page to recruit volunteers as they need all the help they can get! With support from local pro-surfers and the community, be sure to ‘Like’ their page or contact them today!




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Queensland Coastal Conference: Joel Hayes recently attended the 4th Queensland Coastal Conference in Townsville, to represent BeachCare. The theme “Castles in the Sand” explored how we plan for, manage and experience a highly valued and very dynamic natural resource – being the coast. This premier event brought together coastal professionals from government, universities, regional bodies, consultancies and industry, who are actively engaged and invest in the Queensland coastal zone and adjoining marine environments. It was an exciting 3 days landmark event, where Joel presented a poster about BeachCare. To download the poster please visit

GC Beaches Notice Board + BeachCare will be hosting a Christmas Beach BBQ at North Burleigh, Saturday 14th December after the planting session. Please RSVP to Joel Hayes for catering purposes.

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many t hanks t o our corp orat ith BeachCare Limited, Neutrogena Nat urae par tners at Landcare Australi a ls and t he C oca C ol a Foundat ion.

+ Joel Hayes recently attended the launch of Healthy Waterways Report Card 2013. Download the app today! + The Gold Coast Catchment Association recently launched their new website and it looks fantastic! There are new features including a You Tube channel, Event Calendar and Helpful Links for volunteer groups. Please take the time to check it out: + Responsible Runners will be starting at The Spit every Wednesday at 5:30PM. Join the Responsible Runners Gold Coast Facebook group. + Donate time, money or cotton for the Boomerang Bag project at Burleigh Heads! Contact Joel Hayes for more infomration or if you’d like a post included on the noticeboard:

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BeachCare Beach Cuttings Issue 45 NOV 2013  

An update about what has been happening in the community for Gold Coast beaches and dunes.