Cooloola Cove resident Chris Housten (left) is happy with the new drain design on the reserve behind her house. Helping to plant the wetland species are Jess Milne, Jaquob Wilcox, Kane Averillo and Talitta Lynch
Coastcare has been busy with meetings, wrapping up several projects and representing the coast for two high priorities at The Gympie Environmental Strategy meeting.
The first is an urgent call to halt massive concrete structures for drainage and stormwater water solutions, where modern science can achieve much more sensitive design utilising local hydrological calculations and native plants.
Too many of our beautiful wetlands and creeks are being unnecessarily impacted, leading to erosion, decreased water quality, weed and pest invasion.
The second priority is looking after the marine ecology of the intertidal zone of the inlets and surf beach.
We are only capable of practical small-scale projects, but our projects are about taking positive action as much as community education through the process.
Examples include piloting a designed stormwater drain using native freshwater plants, weeding workbees, water quality monitoring at 21 sites including the Army Reserve and Seagrass Monitoring June 30- July 7 (see website).
Thanks to everyone who supports Coastcare activities and our industrious treasurer at this time of year!
For more information: 0417 554 905 or www.cooloolacoastcare.org.au