Who are we?

Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc is a not-for-profit community Natural Resource Management (NRM) organisation situated on the Cooloola Coast, Southern Great Sandy Strait, in South-East Queensland.

Background by founding member, Jan Olley.

‘A broad based community consultation process facilitated by Widgee and then Cooloola Shire Council to develop a Conservation Strategy commencing in 1991 resulted in the formation of Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach Coastcare groups in 1995. The aim of these volunteer groups was to promote a partnership between the local community and the Cooloola Shire Council to increase and improve community involvement in Integrated Coastal Management in and around Tin Can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Rainbow Beach.

One of the outcomes of this consultation process was the development of a Tin Can Bay Foreshore Management Plan and Vegetation “Concept Plan” and a Rainbow Beach Foreshore Management Plan and Concept Plan for the preservation and enhancement of Rainbow Beach wetlands. It was envisaged that these plans would address issues raised by the community to manage and protect the foreshores and wetlands in the three key areas.’

Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc was formed in 2001 following the incorporation of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay Coastcare groups.
Many projects have been coordinated and external funds sourced for the 3 coastal towns since 2001 through Cooloola Coastcare’s status as the locally recognised and registered Natural Resource Management (NRM) group for the Cooloola-Southern Great Sandy Strait Coastal Catchment area.

Cooloola Coastcare is a member of Queensland Water and Land Carers (QWaLC) and the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG). Continued funding from Gympie Regional Council  (GRC) Environment Levy has enabled the employment of a Projects Coordinator to develop and assist with the implementation of projects, while environmental and coastal NRM planning has continued through the Strategic Planning Unit of council with Coastcare input.
The Committee, Founding president Jan Olley and the Projects Coordinator 2017
L - R: Jenny Adamson (treasurer), Jan Olley, Jo-Anne Robertson (secretary), Nancy Haire (vice-president), Maree Prior (Projects Coordinator), Fiona Hawthorne (president).

Read the fifteen year histories of Tin Can Bay Coastcare and Rainbow Beach Coastcare prepared 2010 by Projects Coordinator- Maree Prior on the Downloads page.






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