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Coomera River Catchment Group

The Gold Coast's beautiful natural environment allows us to enjoy a lifestyle like no other city. By volunteering with the Coomera River Catchment Group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas and make a difference to your local natural environment.

It’s also a chance to meet like-minded people and learn new skills that can be applied in your own backyard. By joining Coomera River Catchment Group you can participate by planting native trees along the Coomera River and monitoring the health of the local waterways in the area.

About Coomera River Catchment 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.

Current project

The group are currently working at Regatta Waters Park, Oxenford as part of the City’s Beaches to Bushland Program. The group’s activities consist of planting native trees along a 900 metre stretch of the Coomera River and surrounding wetlands within the park.

While the group meet bi-monthly on site, they also assist with providing support for specialised tree planting events on site including National Tree Day and Junior Landcare events.

Members also assist by carrying out regular waterway health monitoring in tributaries such as Clagiraba Creek, Yaun Creek, Wongawallen Creek, Guanaba Creek and of course the Coomera River. Find out how to get involved in the monitoring activities by visiting the Gold Coast Catchment Association.

Previous projects

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 group also undertook a three year project in extensive riparian revegetation along Clagiraba Creek during 2010-2013. Students from Upper Coomera schools participated in this project.

Aims

  • encourage active community involvement and ownership
  • provide learning opportunities for local landholders in “ecological restoration”
  • expand the width of riparian vegetation and protect the river bank from erosion where possible through revegetation
  • improve and increase habitat opportunities for native wildlife
  • monitor the health of the Coomera River
  • strengthen relationships in the community.

Group tree planting session information

Date: Second Saturday of the month (bi-monthly) from February to November. View our calendar.
Time: 8am - 10am
Place: Regatta Waters Park, Princeton Street, Oxenford

What to bring: Sturdy shoes, long sleeve shirts, pants, sunscreen, hat, drinking water and gloves.

More volunteers are always welcome. If this is your first time attending the group, please call in advance to confirm the meeting details as locations vary. If it is raining, the event will be cancelled.

For more information about joining a bushcare group, please contact the Natural Areas Management Unit on 07 5581 1537 or namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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