2017 has been a great year with over $400,000 in project value being administered by the Association. These projects represent a wide spectrum of activities, from Pest Animal Management to restoring large areas of critically endangered Sub-tropical Lowland Rainforest. Check out the projects for yourself at https://watergum.org/our-projects/.
The Association had a direct and indirect project management role in many of these projects. PlatypusWatch remains the exemplar Citizen Science Program on the Gold Coast. This year we attracted over 50 participants on the Catchment Crawl to see the wide variety of projects being funded by government and non-government sources in Austinville Valley. And although it suffered a major rain event, the Biggest Tree Planting was a complete success with over 10,000 plants planted on the day.
Our core mission remains to assist on-ground environmental groups become more effective and to have a real and positive effect on the Gold Coast’s environment and catchments. On that note the committee is excited to announce that we will be employing a part-time executive officer who will help us to provide even more assistance to community environmental groups.
Already we have made major updates to the website that make it easier for volunteers to connect to groups. Next year we plan to help groups find and apply for grants, and to start more Citizen Science programs such as Macro-Invertebrate water testing.
2017 was a great year and 2018 is already looking very positive. So, on behalf of the committee, thank you to our members, partners and supporters – and see you in the New Year!