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Coomera Catchment Management Group

The Coomera River Catchment Group is made up of local residents from all areas of the catchment who take part in a variety of volunteer activities to protect the river's environmental values.

The group has over 20 members who have been working tirelessly on several projects such as restoring denuded banks of tributaries in the Coomera River Catchment by organising weeding and planting days for the community. The members also assist at school plantings and carry out regular waterway health monitoring in tributaries such as Clagiraba Creek, Yaun Creek, Wongawallen Creek, Guanaba Creek and of course the Coomera River.

In 2010, Platypus-Watch was instigated by Gold Coast City Council. The Coomera River Catchment Group held surveys in 2010 and 2011 that resulted in two sightings along the Coomera River.

Current project

The Coomera River Catchment Group is working on the Waterhen Lake Restoration Project in Russell Hinze Park, Oxenford. Waterhen Lake provides a nature refuge and habitat for waterbirds while also receiving stormwater from the surrounding catchment. The freshwater lake has a history of algal blooms and Salvinia (a declared water weed) outbreaks that may have contributed to the death of several birds and fish in spring 2012.

The key actions by the group include:

  • water quality monitoring
  • community planting days to revegetate around the lake and stormwater inlets using low native wetland plants to help filter stormwater run off
  • seasonal bird surveys
  • engaging local residents to become involved
  • information days.

To find out more information including how you can become involved in the Coomera River Catchment Group, phone the Catchment Management Unit on 0) 5581 7005 or visit the Gold Coast Catchment Association website.

Find the link to the Gold Coast Catchment Association website below.

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