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Cooloola Coast Water Quality Monitoring

Cooloola Coastcare Association was awarded $62,785 (in Dec 2013) to commence a water quality monitoring program on the Cooloola Coast wetlands and waterways (Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach).

"This project will collect water quality data at a minimum of 12 sites twice a year over three years to establish baseline data for local waterways," the Minister David Gibson said.

The project is funded by the Qld Govt Everyones Environment Grants 2013.

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.
A result of the 2 meetings was a draft plan for further consultation during March, while a state of the art Horiba U52 Water Tester and calibration kit was purchased.

MRCCC's Steve Burgess presented a Water Quality Workshop on 22/04/14 at Cooloola Cove Hall to 23 participants (7 apologies) from the 3 coastal towns of Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay. This represents at least 30 people ready to be involved in the monitoring program, so we're off to a great start!

Monitoring will commence in May with the final GPS locations & site assessments completed.
If you wish to become involved in any capacity from field work to data collation and checking, to media promotion, we'd love to hear from you!  Phone or text message 0417 554 905 or email
Natural billabong, C'Cove

Steve demonstrates U52