Our achievements have all been brought about by the hardwork and dedication of our volunteers, both past and present.
January 2009 Award
Coolum Coast Care was awarded the Sunshine Coast Regional Council’s Australia Day Environment Award and was named the Coolum Community Group of the Year
Leigh Warneminde, President Coolum Coast Care was presented with the Froggy Award for excellence in biodiversity by the Sunshine Coast Environment Council
In past years we have :-
- Ongoing weekly working bees since 1997
- Approximate 200 hours of volunteer labour per week valued at $4,000, an in-kind contribution of over $180,000.00 annually
- In six years planted over 45,500 plants in the dunal system and involved hundreds of community groups and students
- Produced the popular coast plant ID booklet “Our Locals are Beauties” which is now printed by Sunshine Coast Council.
- In November 2007 we registered our own www domain and established a new independent website. A year later it had over 1,000 hits and led to a massive corporate team building exercise in 2008 with the Boston Consultancy Group
- Curtailed and continue to monitor the Pandanus infestation
- Installed and monitor 42 nesting boxes and draw attention to wildlife habitats, wildlife rescue, feral animals and pest management
- Marine research that identified the unique shells, animals and geology of the rocky foreshores
- Created three brochures featuring the conservation of rocky foreshore species and installed educational signs at Point Perry and Point Arkwright
- Established a turtle protection program that identified 11 turtle nesting sites in 2007/8 and over 100 by 2013.
- Successfully influenced decision makers to add fragile ecosystems to National Parks. In 2000 added sections north of the airport and in 2004 added Mt Emu wallum to Noosa National Park
- In 2006 altered plans for the proposed airport extension for a “Fire Training Facility
- In 2007 successfully lobbied against inappropriate building on coastal and parabolic dunes
- Initiated a not-for-profit community enterprise, the Coolum Community Native Nursery on Warran Rd with over 12,000 seedlings (March 2008).
- Recovery efforts for wallum wildflowers and the endangered Mount Emu She-Oak, Allocasuarina emuina
- Lead role with other community groups to sign a Deed of Agreement with the Department of Main Roads and Maroochy Shire Council to protect, enhance and maintain the area from Yinneburra Bushland Conservation Reserve (Yaroomba) to the Coolum Beach Surf Club
- Coolum Coast Care was one of two 2005 runner-ups for a National Coastal Custodians Minister’s award.
- In 2008, President Leigh Warnaminde received a SCEC Froggie Award in recognition of her ten years work in biodiversity preservation with the Coolum District Coast Care Group.
Our constant and intense work in this area illustrates our firm belief of its importance and worthiness of protection.