Coolum & North Shore Coast Care is a not-for-profit community organisation dedicated to practical works to conserve the northern Sunshine Coast’s coastal flora and fauna and have gained widespread recognition for their enhancement of the unique coastal environment.
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care is a not-for-profit Association whose aims are:
- To encourage preservation of the area’s unique biological diversity.
To protect and conserve the natural values of the coastal area between Peregian and Maroochy River and beyond.
To encourage the preservation of this area’s bio-diversity
To encourage active participation of the community and governing bodies
Coolum and North Shore Coast Care brings years of experience and knowledge on local flora and fauna. The Association, through its volunteers, shares its practical knowledge with the broader community. This includes on site talks on local flora and fauna; wildflower walks; through practical working bees for students; general awareness sessions on marine turtles, marine debris and coastal management; providing displays at local events and by conducting monthly marine debris surveys (data sent to the University of Queensland). The Association has the capacity to communicate this information to the local community.
The organisation undertakes coastal vegetation management works including weed control and revegetation, community education and research (citizen science) on coastal issues, including data collection and monitoring of the small population marine turtles on behalf of the State Department of Environment and Science.
Species monitored include Loggerhead Turtles, listed as endangered under Commonwealth legislation (with the South Pacific sub-population listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List) and Green Turtles listed as vulnerable (Commonwealth) and Endangered (IUCN Red List). Accredited turtle volunteers collaborate with Dr Colin Limpus, Australia’s foremost expert in Loggerhead Turtle biology and who heads the Queensland Government’s Turtle Research Conservation Project.
Through a range of practical activities, environmental awareness, education and advocacy, members (either through participation or supportive endorsement) have rescued native plants, saved unique native heathlands or wallum, weeded out feral plants from municipal and national parks, monitored sea turtles, planted trees, provided talks to schools, surveyed rocky foreshores, provided support for ailing pandanus plants and established the Coolum Community Native Nursery.