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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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Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program

Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program

Protect, restore and enhance our natural areas

The Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program provides a platform for the local community to foster a connection with their natural environment and encourages active community involvement as well as ownership of our natural assets.

By volunteering in a community tree planting day, Bushcare or Landcare group, you can help protect, restore and enhance our natural areas through bush regeneration activities that include tree planting and weed control within our high priority conservation areas.

Program aims

  • increase biodiversity of native flora and fauna
  • improve and expand habitat for native animals
  • reduce sediment and erosion along our waterways
  • improve water quality and overall health of waterway
  • improve the overall health of native vegetation
  • encourage active community involvement to manage bushland areas
  • educate the community on best practice ecological restoration
  • build partnerships between local government and community
  • provide a fun volunteer experience.

Program benefits

  • making a difference to our local environment
  • a great way to socialise with like-minded people
  • be active and healthy - you'll feel the health benefits after each session
  • opportunities to undertake a variety of training courses
  • special social events are held throughout the year
  • explore new areas of the Gold Coast
  • learn bush regeneration skills you can use in your own backyard
  • learn about our native flora and fauna
  • time in nature has been proven to be beneficial for overall wellbeing.

How does the City support Bushcare and Landcare groups

  • Provision of materials including native plants, tools, herbicide, safety equipment, plants, mulch/weed mats etc. for approved groups within program.
  • Skilled Ecological restoration staff to coordinate the citywide program and provide support for groups and volunteers.
  • Ecological restoration staff to attend bushcare and landcare session.
  • Provision of an ecological restoration plan to guide works.
  • Public Liability insurance and personal Accident insurance for all approved Bushcare activities and volunteers (aged between 3 and 90 years) working on Council owned or managed land.
  • Education and training information through access to NaturallyGC workshops and providing on ground technical training including native plant identification, best practice restoration, site planning and weed identification and removal techniques.
  • Acknowledging volunteer achievements through awards and social gatherings.
  • Contractor management.

Annually, volunteers assist with planting over 60,000 native trees and undertaking assisted restoration activities that cover over 60 hectares. Group works are coordinated by the City’s Natural Areas Management Unit.

We currently partner with several community groups. In addition, we undertake project based works at allocated high priority sites across the City at designated sites in Oxenford, Mudgeeraba, Hope Island and Tallebudgera. Find information about these groups and projects below.

Get involved

Join a Bushcare or Landcare Group

Join a Bushcare or Landcare group

No experience is needed to join. Download the Beaches to Bushland six-monthly calendar to view specific bushcare and Landcare group locations, dates and times. You can book online from the calendar via the links provided. Upon registering you will receive all of the required information for the activity. Or you can find out more about each group and their works by clicking on the specific groups below.


Specialised tree planting events

Specialised tree planting events

You can book online for all Beaches to Bushland tree planting events, bushcare and Landcare group events across the city including Koala tree days, National Tree Day, Junior Landcare and special events.


Community tree planting program

Community tree planting program

If you’re a school, university, kindergarten, scout, corporate or larger community group looking to book a specific planting date for your group please refer to our community tree planting day bookings page for further information.


NaturallyGC Program

NaturallyGC Program

Find other environmental volunteering opportunities across the Gold Coast through our NaturallyGC program. View and download the annual program to start connecting with nature or pick up booklets from all City Customer Service Centres and libraries.

 

If you require more information or wish to enquire about activities for larger groups please contact the Natural Areas Management Unit by emailing namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Bushcare and Landcare groups

See below for further information on group history, aims, objectives and the progress they are making.

Austinville Landcare

Meeting on the last Sunday of the month from February to November, 8am to 10am.

Visit Austinville Landcare Group for further information.

Bonogin Valley Bushcare Group

Meeting on the first Saturday of the month from February to November, 8am to 10am, at Davenport Park, Parkmeadows Court, Bonogin Valley.

Visit Bonogin Valley Bushcare Group for further information.

Carrara Landcare and Boonooroo Bushcare Group

The two groups meet monthly but rotate between sites on the third Saturday of the month. Please view the calendar for further dates.

Visit Boonooroo Park Bushcare Group for further information.

Visit Carrara Floodplain Landcare Group for further information.

Currumbin Creek Care

The group meets on the third Saturday of the month from February to November, 8am to 10am, at various locations along Currumbin Creek within the Ecovillage estate on City-managed land. Please contact namu@goldcoast.qld.gov.au for exact location details.

Visit Currumbin Creek Care Group for further information.

Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group

The group meets on the first Tuesday of the month from February to November, 8am to 10am, and rotate between Elanora Wetlands Reserve and Schuster Park, Tallebudgera. Refer to the calendar.

Visit Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group for further information.

Friends of Federation Walk

The group meets on the last Saturday of the month, bi-monthly in March, May, July, September and November from 8am to 10am at Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, Main Beach (The Spit). Location details provided upon registration. Please view our calendar.

Visit Friends of Federation Walk for further information.

Hinterland Regional Park Bushcare Group

The group meets on the first Saturday of the month from February to November, 8am to 10am, at Hinterland Regional Park, Hardys Road, Mudgeeraba, meeting at the amenity building.

Visit Hinterland Regional Park Bushcare Group for further information.

Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group

The group meets on the second Saturday of the month from February to November, from 8am to 10am.

Meeting at Palm Beach Parklands, Gold Coast Highway near the amenity building.

Visit Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group for further information.

South Stradbroke Island Landcare Group

For dates, times and locations on the South Stradbroke Island Landcare Group, contact our Natural Areas Management Unit on 07 5581 1537.

Individual Bushcare and Landcare Projects

The City also supports individual Landcare projects at Batten Recreational Parklands (Nerang), Lower Halfway Creek Parklands (Ormeau), Pleasant Parklands (Oxenford), William Duckett White Park (Pacific Pines), North East Albert Landcare Group and Burleigh Ridge Park (Burleigh).

Through the program groups participate in other Landcare initiatives including Landcare Week, Connect to Your Creek Week, National Tree Day, World Wetlands Day, Bushcare’s Major Day Out and Clean Up Australia Day.

Please remember to wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves, pants, hat, gloves and to bring some water.

Program awards

  • Queensland Landcare award finalist for 'Partnering with Landcare' - 2013
  • Healthy Waterways Government Award finalist - 2014
  • Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group 2014 City of Gold Coast Australia Day award winner.

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