CLEAN UP DOUBLE ISLAND is an award winning bi-annual clean up / 4×4 / camping weekend that includes a massive beach clean up & dune care, activities with educational presentations, movies and live music on the beach. A great community event that has grown to over 250 participants lifting more than 4T off rubbish off the beach and helping to strengthen the dunes.
LOCAL ACTIVISM & CAMPAIGNS
EDUCATION and awareness is a core mission of Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast. In line with Surfrider’s Australian & international education programs; We have teaching resources for all ages and are active in kindys primary and high schools.
DUNE CARE re-vegetation, planting and weeding in partnership with council and other local coastcare groups.
BEACH CLEAN UPS are a monthly occurance all along the coast. Not only helping clean the beach but databasing and reporting on fndings.
Eg; October 2015 – 3 tonnes of rubbish off Double Islands beaches and campsites
OPPOSE and infuence policy decisions against permanent structures, such as seawalls and recommend alternate sustainable solutions with case studies, academic consultation and reporting.
Surfrider Foundation Australia’s Sunny Coast branch is a group of active volunteers dedicated to the protection and enhancement of local waves and beaches.
The Sunshine Coast branch looks after an extensive stretch of pristine coastline, from Caloundra to Noosa and on to Double Island Point. The branch keeps busy with regular beach clean-ups and dune care across the entire region. Our main local campaigns include the award winning ‘Clean Up Double Island Weekend’, run twice a year and regular ‘School Education’. We coordinate and manage the iconic ‘EcoChallenge’ event run annually and also conduct environmental awareness & education presentations at local surf, music & community events. Craig Macintyre is the president of the Sunshine Coast branch and can be contacted on 0415 670 639 and email@example.com
1. RISE ABOVE PLASTICS
Rise Above Plastics campaign was launched in Australia in March 2012. It’s a call to all surfers and beach goers to think about how they can make a difference & stop their ocean from turning into a “plastic soup”. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and footpaths. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean. After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly photo-degrade into smaller pieces that marine life can mistake for food, sometimes with fatal results. Ocean gyres concentrate plastic pollution in five main areas of the world’s ocean and various research groups are bringing back alarming data documenting plastics impacts.
Simple local actions can help make an impact to solve this global issue. Join us in protecting the coast by following the 4 R’s Refuse Reduce Reuse Recycle
Many of Australia’s best waves are endangered. Yet unlike endangered wildlife there are no surfbreak protection laws in Australia. Nor are the impacts on surfbreaks considered in planning and infrastructure developments.
THREATS TO ENDANGERED WAVES An ‘endangered wave’ is one where the wave itself is threatened, or the immediate coastal environment and surfing amenity is threatened, by at least two of the following threats: Coastal developments, Accessibility & Overcrowding, Polluted Water, Visual Amenity, Ecosystem Threats, Climate Change
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