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Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration Program

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.

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Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group

The Elanora Bushcare Group was established on 6 February 2000 and is partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit under the Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration program. The group assists with the restoration of the Elanora Wetlands Reserve and Schuster Park located at the end of Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora. The group's activities include weed control and revegetation and, since starting the group, has planted over 800 native trees, shrubs, vines and grasses that have provided habitat opportunities for local wildlife. The group has also hosted numerous school and business groups who have assisted with their efforts.

The area is home to over 60 different species of birds with other animals such as native sugar gliders (Petaurus breviceps) and common tree snakes (Dendrelaphis punctulastus) being seen on regular occasions. A butterfly-friendly garden has been established within the wetlands area and can be seen by walking along the trail, with some interpretive signage along the way.

The group has received nominations for two special bushcare awards. The first was in 2002, when it was a finalist in The Shade and Spade Committee's Queensland Arbour Day Awards in which the group were runners up. The second was in 2006, when the group was a finalist in the Gold Coast Australia Day Awards Ceremony and was presented with the overall Environment Achievement Award.

The outcomes the group aim to achieve include:

  • restore and expand remaining native vegetation by controlling weeds
  • repair riparian vegetation including its structure, integrity and diversity
  • improve habitat opportunities for local landholders in 'bush restoration'
  • improve the amenity of the park as a focal point in the community
  • strengthen relationships in the community.

Volunteer days are on the first Tuesday of the month from February to November.

Times: 8am - 10am
Place: Elanora Wetlands Reserve (end of Tallebudgera Drive, Elanora)
What to bring: Sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts and pants, sunscreen, hat and some water.

For more information contact our Natural Areas Management Unit on 07 5581 1537.

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