Lend a caring hand to our beaches this October

23 September 2015

City of Gold Coast and the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management are calling on residents, students and schools to lend a caring hand as part of the October BeachCare program.

Volunteers will be planting native dune plants, removing weeds and picking up beach litter at four different locations across the city.

Mayor Tom Tate said the initiative was funded by the City and delivered by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management.

“More than 800 BeachCare volunteers clocked 2000 hours, planted over 2000 native dunes plants, removed eight tonnes of weeds and two tonnes of rubbish last financial year,” he said.

“We know how valuable this contribution is to our coastline, which is why the City invests more than $110,000 into the BeachCare program each year.

“This is a great example of how we are bringing research, coastal management and the community together as part of our broader Ocean Beaches Strategy.”

BeachCare Coordinator Tegan Croft said with groups extending from Paradise Point to Rainbow Bay, there were plenty of opportunities for people to join in.

“This is a fantastic free, fun and family-friendly activity that will leave you with a real sense of making a difference to our beautiful city.”

BeachCare is an outcome of the Gold Coast Ocean Beaches Strategy 2013-2023 which outlines the preferred approach to managing the city's 52 kilometres of ocean beaches.

To participate in BeachCare go to cityofgoldcoast.com or griffith.edu.au/beachcare

BeachCare October 2015

When: Saturday 10 October 9am - 11am

Where: Broadbeach (beach end of Australia Ave)

When: Saturday 17 October 9am - 11am

Where: Labrador (200m north of Charis Seafood)

When: Saturday 24 October 9am - 11am

Where: Surfers Paradise (beach end of Aubrey Street)

When: Saturday 31 October 9am - 11am

Where: Paradise Point (Beach end of Abalone Ave)

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.

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