2013 QLD Landcare award finalist for "Partnering with Landcare"
Gold Coast Bushcare and Landcare
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The Gold Coast's beautiful natural environment allows us to enjoy a lifestyle like no other city. By volunteering in a Bushcare or Landcare group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas and make a difference to your local natural environment. Meet like-minded people and learn new skills that can be applied in your own backyard.
Join in activities such as;
- Planting native trees where required
- Identifying and controlling weeds
- Identifying and encouraging native species
- maintaining your site
Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged or destroyed. As our population and urban areas expand, the pressure on our natural areas grows, increasing the threat and effects of weed infestation. Council is actively involved in the restoring our natural areas through;
- strategic weed control and maintenance
- promoting natural regeneration of endemic plant species (assisted restoration)
- revegetation of severely impacted sites where natural regeneration is limited
- community education
- voluntary programs such as Beaches to Bushland and community planting day program.
Groups partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit include:
(please click on the group title for more information including dates, time and locations etc)
Why join a Bushcare / Landcare Group?
- Enjoy learning new skills that can also be applied in your own backyard
- Make a rewarding difference to your local environment
- Meet like minded people
- An enjoyable fun and healthy way to be actively involved
- Access to a range of free training and educational workshops
- Develop pride and ownership in your community
- Improve fauna habitat opportunities
- Training or work experience
- Enhance career opportunities
- It’s a great social outdoor activity
- Come meet members of your local community
Council’s Natural Areas Management Unit Coordinate, fund and support the program by providing the following
- A qualified Council bush regenerator to guide and assist volunteers at working bees
- Assistance with bushland restoration techniques and methods including identification of both weeds and native plants.
- In consultation with the group develop an Ecological Restoration Plan to guide works in a strategic manner.
- Supply of all tools and materials
- Fund and coordinate site preparation and maintenance by qualified bush regenerators
- Supply and source native plants for revegetation from within the City Council boundary
- Provide training and workshops throughout the year
- Provide regular updates and the latest information regarding environmental activities around the Gold Coast
- Promoting the achievements of the groups
- Providing signage to promote the group and the works being undertaken
- A Bushcare/Landcare Coordinator to liaise with public enquiries and promote activities at events and public speaking
- Encourage community participation in Bushcare/ Landcare activities
- Support the needs of community members in the program
- Assistance with grant applications (if required)
Are you a school, Tafe or University student/group?
If you are a school, university or TAFE student or group looking for ways to gain experience in the conservation field this program would be suited to you. A great way to be involved in the community, make a difference to the environment and also gain some extra experience on ground.
More volunteers are always welcome, no experience necessary. REMEMBER - Please wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants, sun cream, hat, gloves and bring some water.
For further information contact Council’s Natural Areas Management Unit on 55811537 or email us by clicking here.