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Coastcare joins Reefcheck

posted Sep 14, 2016, 7:02 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 1:47 PM ]

Cooloola Coastcare joined Reefcheck on Tues 13/09 and Wed 14/09 for an exciting venture of groundtruthing Great Sandy Strait marine mapping. Participants were tutored in world standard Reefcheck methodology on the first day aboard 'Science Under Sail' 40foot catamaran Velella and assisted with 'dropcam' recording of rocky, soft coral, sandy & seagrass substrate. The following day was snorkel dive groundtruthing from Shark Bay just north of Kauri Ck all the way to the famous Seary's Ledge in Tin Can Inlet. Our new skills will be well utilised in a curent Gympie Regional Council Environment Levy funded Marine Surveys of Norman Point and Seary's Ledge.

Coast Field Trip/info Day 5th Aug

posted Jul 3, 2016, 5:19 AM by Maree Prior   [ updated Jul 5, 2016, 6:17 PM ]

  Presentations on the significance of Gympie’s coastal region and the migratory shore birds that have given large parts of Gympie’s Coast International recognition, after which Cooloola Coastcare will showcase several of their project sites.

Look out for Coastcare!

posted May 31, 2016, 11:44 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Jul 3, 2016, 5:14 AM ]

Coastcare's new banner will be displayed at all project activity sites. Seen here at Trial Site 1, Investigator Av. CC.

There’s nothing like watching grass grow....

posted Jul 11, 2015, 7:57 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Jul 11, 2015, 8:05 PM ]

Seagrass-Watch aims to raise awareness on the condition of nearshore seagrass ecosystems as an early warning of major coastal environmental change.

 “Engaging the community to participate in Great Sandy Strait seagrass monitoring creates increased awareness of the local marine environment, its health and seasonal variability,” said Maree Prior, Project Coordinator.

“It’s important for the community to gain an understanding of the dynamic nature of estuarine shorelines and sandflats for improved management over the long term.”


People involved in the program develop a deep sense of custodianship and understanding of their local marine environment that reaches throughout the wider community. Worldwide, coastal communities are concerned about the condition and loss of seagrasses and its implications for other parts of the ecosystem – like the loss of fisheries productivity. 

Participants of Seagrass-Watch are from a wide variety of backgrounds who all share a common interest in marine conservation, sailors and fishers of the Sandy Straits. 

What is Seagrass-Watch? 

Seagrass-Watch is a global, citizen science program in partnership with the community, qualified scientists and management agencies.  Since starting in Queensland in 1998, Seagrass-Watch has expanded internationally to 17 countries, with monitoring now occurring at over 250 sites.

Between July 2014 and January 2015, Cooloola Coastcare Seagrass-Watch volunteers successfully monitored 18 sites at eight different locations in the Great Sandy Strait, with Hervey Bay Marine Studies teacher Paul Heffernan and his Year 12 Marine Studies students from Urangan State High School tackled the Boonooroo sites in May.

This dedicated effort represents a 100% monitoring effort of all the current sites of the Great Sandy Strait, which given the vagaries of weather and tides is no mean feat!

Coastcare AGM 2014

posted Jan 13, 2015, 9:13 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Jan 13, 2015, 9:15 PM ]

CCAI held its AGM on 13/12/14 and the following were re-elected unopposed:

President: Fiona Hawthorne

Vice President: Norma Sanderson

Secretary: Sarah Mitchell

Treasurer: Jenny Adamson

The Projects Co-ordinator, Maree Prior, can be contacted at 0417 554 905.

Cooloola Coastcare AGM 2013

posted Dec 14, 2013, 4:40 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Dec 14, 2013, 6:29 PM ]


CCAI held its AGM on 7/12/13 and the following were duly elected:

President: Fiona Hawthorne

Vice President: Norma Sanderson

Secretary: Sarah Mitchell

Treasurer: Jenny Adamson

 It has been a very busy year at Cooloola Cove and we would like to thank Pam Graham and the resident's organisation for becoming involved in Caring for Creeks and wetlands. Look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.

The AGM was held at the new shed so thanks to GRC for the lease; Gambling Community Benefit Fund for the grant and Kath & Scott (Shedboss, Maryborough) for construction.



Cooloola Coastcare's New Home

posted Oct 7, 2013, 12:11 AM by Nick Prior

Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc (CCAI) with the support of Gympie Regional Council acquired a lease over part of Lot 69 near the Complex on the corner of Tin Can Bay and Bayside Roads. CCAI received funds from the Qld Gambling Community Benefit Fund in October 2012 to erect a shed for storage of equipment and educational resources for community benefit. The shed was completed in October 2013.
The Coastcare shed is strategically positioned between the Cityfarm Nursery for growing native plants and a future Men's Shed. Coastcare's aim is to develop this site as a showcase for sustainable practices in Natural Resource Management (NRM), exhibiting Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) drainage design, energy and water savings and supporting local biodiversity in its landscaping.

Cooloola Coast Water Quality Monitoring

posted Oct 7, 2013, 12:07 AM by Nick Prior   [ updated May 7, 2014, 4:44 PM by Maree Prior ]

Cooloola Coastcare Association was awarded $62,785 to commence a water quality monitoring program on the Cooloola Coast wetlands and waterways (Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach).

Story and photos under the "Projects" tab.

Cooloola Coast Water Quality Monitoring Project commenced on World Wetlands Day 2014 with public meetings being held at Rainbow Beach (3/2/14) and Tin Can Bay (4/2/14). The participants at the meetings discussed a Water Quality Monitoring Project Plan, determining which sites are of most interest and the reasons for these determinations.
The project is funded by the Qld Govt Everyones Environment Grants 2013.

Book Launch Invitation

posted Oct 6, 2013, 8:11 PM by Maree Prior   [ updated Oct 7, 2013, 12:38 AM by Nick Prior ]


COOLOOLA COVE WETLANDS AND WATERWAYS BOOK LAUNCH
Saturday 12th October 12:00-2:00pm
at Cooloola Cove Hall
hosted by Cooloola Cove Residents and Friends and Cooloola Coastcare Assoc. Inc
RSVP mudskipping@gmail.com; ph/text 0417 554 905

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