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Southern Gold Coast Environment

PGDThe Southern Gold Coast has many assets and one of our most prized is our stunning natural environment. From beach, to estuary, to picturesque hinterland, our environment is one of the key aspects that make our region unique as a place to live and holiday.

Thanks to the many action groups that care for our environment, along with the volunteers that give their time freely, our environment is actively cared for and enhanced on a regular basis. Environmental care activities include dune regeneration, planting of native species and general care for the land and beaches. This makes the Southern Gold Coast an incredible natural landscape that is there for all to enjoy.

If you are holidaying in this amazing region, why not join one of the action groups listed below and get involved in the fantastic work they do? After all, it's a fun, informative, educational and a FREE holiday activity that the kids will love and will provide you that satisfying feeling of giving something back to the land, the environment and future generations, for all to enjoy. If you are a resident, same goes!

GCCAGold Coast Catchments Association Inc (GCCA) has a fabulous website that outlines many of the action groups operating around the Gold Coast. Below we've provided links to the Southern Gold Coast groups pages on the GCCA site that give an overview of when and where these groups gather, the areas they care for and what they are trying to achieve. Click on the logo to your left to find out about volunteering with GCCA and the actions groups they support

Currumbin Creek Care | Bilinga/Nth Kirra Beach Care | Seagrass Watch | Nicoll Scrub Bush Care

Tugun Quarry Bush Care Group - Working bees on the second Tuesday of every second month
Dates: 14 May, 9 July, 10 September and 12 November
Time: 8.30am to 10.30am Place: Tugun Quarry, Kitchener Street, Tugun

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. They run Beach Care at North Kirra on a monthly basis, organise Board swap meets to promote the reduce, reuse, recycle ethos and much more.  See their website for more information.


Griffith University Beach Care is a community engagement program facilitated by Griffith Centre for Coastal Management with support from Gold Coast City Council. The program’s focus is on the significance and importance of our coastal zone and its sustainable management. It encourages valuable community interaction in the management of our beaches, foreshores, waterways and coastal areas through establishing self-sufficient dune care groups.
Visit their website today to find out how you can join the Beach Care team!

SBCGSouthern Beaches Community Gardens.

Community gardening is a social activity involving shared decision making, problem solving and negotiation, increasing these skills among gardeners. It is a place where people come together with a common purpose, building a sense of community and belonging. The day to day operation of a community garden draws attention of the local “non – gardening” residents and encourages them to stop and think about the food they consume.

TRESBPTweed River Entrance Sand Bypass Project aims to provide easy and safe access for the commercial fishing fleet and other commercial and recreational boats, maintain water quality in the Tweed River estuary through reduction in future estuary shoaling, restore the southern Gold Coast beaches and improve the consistency of surf conditions at Snapper Rocks and stabilise the larger beaches and provide some protection to Gold Coast foreshore development against storm erosion.




SEQ Catchments SEQ Catchments, a community-based, not-for-profit business working to deliver a sustainable future for our community by caring for our natural resources.With offices based throughout SEQ, our partner network includes Landcare, catchment and industry groups, Federal, State and Local Governments, water, educational and research organisations, Traditional Owners and individual landholders. SEQ Catchments supports a community network to collect water quality data and coordinates regional programs including Land for Wildlife. We have undertaken local conservation, restoration and research projects with our partners in southern Gold Coast areas including Austinville, Springbrook, Currumbin, Tallebudgera and Kirra.

FOCFriends of Currumbin seek to enhance, protect and beautify natural features and public open spaces, and find ways to further improve the quality of life for people living in and/or visiting the region. The term 'the Currumbin & Flat Rock Creek region' is the drainage catchments of these waterways (including tributaries) from the headwaters to the mouth as well as the surf zone along the beachfront. It also encompasses all of the suburbs of Currumbin Valley, Currumbin Waters, and Currumbin, and parts of the suburbs of Elanora, Palm Beach and Tugun.


FORBA community dune care group was established in late 2009 after an expression of interest from Friends of Rainbow Bay. They were keen to encourage community participation and increase awareness of the importance of dunes and dune vegetation. Community planting and weeding activities have been facilitated by the Friends of Rainbow Bay and Beach Care at the site since its inception.



Gecko is a volunteer, non-government, not-for-profit organization - the Gold Coast’s peak environment group. Gecko’s headquarters are based on the southern Gold Coast, on the banks of the beautiful Currumbin Creek. Gecko offers opportunities for you to volunteer in its many and varied activities. In brief, Gecko coordinates a number of events including Clean Up Australia Day and an annual World Environment Day event called the Green Day Out. Gecko has bushcare groups, monthly guest speaker nights, environmental education activities for the young and young at heart, native plants for sale, and engages in active campaigning for the protection of the Gold Coast’s magnificent natural environment. Join as a member, make a donation, subscribe to our monthly newsletter, or volunteer with us. We need your support!






If you know of other groups or implemented environmental action occurring in the Southern Gold Coast and it is not listed here, please email us and we will gladly add relevant information to the above.