What we do!

Cooloola Coastcare and the Wallum Ecosystem

Maree Prior talks about what's special about the Cooloola Coast and why protecting the natural environment is important.

Over 17 years experience!

Cooloola Coastcare has been applying for Local, Regional, State and Federal Government grants to achieve it’s goals since incorporation in 2001. This represents over 17 years experience in successful Natural Resource Management delivery along the Cooloola and Great Sandy coasts, wetlands and communities. The organisation is aware of coastal NRM issues, and the experienced team will work with your organisation to achieve environmentally best practice solutions for the benefit of our coastal environment and communities.

Coastcare’s programs include:

  1. Management planning to protect natural values of the coast
  2. Natural resource management
  3. Environmental knowledge capacity building and education
  4. Biodiversity mapping
  5. Habitat restoration and weed control
  6. Wetlands monitoring, restoration and weed control
  7. Seagrass monitoring
  8. Dune protection
  9. Promotion of LOCAL coastal native plants
  10. Fauna study and monitoring
  11. Shorebird & local bird monitoring and education
  12. Water quality monitoring
  13. Coastal and marine debris monitoring, removal and education

Economic Benefit

The economic benefit of the program may be described as a triple bottom line investment. Investment in a well organised, registered NRM association with a proven track record will enable ongoing capacity on the coast in on-ground works, knowledge sharing, and social NRM related activities such as bird watching, bush walking, and improving the prospects of large wetland areas within the centre of Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay.


Long Term Impact

Coastcare specifically wishes to target Cooloola Cove Wetlands and Waterways, and the “Boronia Walk” Concept Plan area at Rainbow Beach, to introduce the concepts and principles of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). These projects will improve social infrastructure by enhancing an outdoor space where water quality is maintained and the threat of weed spread is reduced, providing LONGTERM environmental, economic and social benefits.

Objectives

Value, protect and enhance the natural environment, particularly coastal and marine areas.

Draw the attention of the local community to the need to use ecologically sustainable land use and conservation practices.

To engender in local communities, including local industries, a sense of stewardship for coastal and marine areas.

Promote the adoption of land use and management practices that create a balanced ecosystem and conserves biodiversity thereby ensuring the future livelihood of local people.

Foster cooperation between stakeholders wherever action is needed to rehabilitate degraded habitats and undertake joint projects when needed.

To conduct regular meetings at which will be transacted the normal business of the Association and at which films may be screened, the services of local and visiting lecturers utilised and other activities associated with the development of these objects conducted.

To conduct regular outings and field days to areas where members may participate in the study of Coastcare projects.

To promote the preservation of Flora, Fauna, Geological and Geographical features, Environmental and Habitat units by all lawful means, including, but not by way of limitation, the following :

        • By educating by all possible means all sections of the community, in an understanding of the principals of Coastcare, Conservation, Biodiversity, Sustainable Resource Use and Preservation of the Environment.
        • By discouraging threatening processes to, or the wanton destruction, of any such Flora, Fauna, Geological or Geographical features and particularly those sites known to have Sacred or Cultural significance for the Aboriginal people.
        • By accepting affiliation from, or co-operating or affiliating with any Society or Corporation in Australia or elsewhere for the furtherance of the foregoing objects.
        • By supporting management plans and agreements that are consistent with the Associations objects.
        • To co-operate fully with all Local Government Departments and land holders and others to ensure that they are aware of environmental concerns before making major planning decisions that could affect land management; and
        • To seek Corporate sponsorship or Government funding to finance the publication and distribution of such information to interested parties; and
        • To make submissions on Coastcare matters and to take all legal actions to ensure environmentally appropriate decisions are made.

Source: Constitution of the Cooloola Coastcare Association Inc.