• What to do Gold Coast? Sustainable Living, Environmental, Eco Events

    August 20, 2020 • GUIDES
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    Gecko Environmental Council – Helping Powerful Owls Through Citizen Science

    Wherever you live across the beautiful Gold Coast and hinterland, there is so much going on today and every day to help you live more sustainably, with less impact, dive into nature, support local, and to build uplifting connections with your community.

    Many events are being offered online so you can join from home, but on the Gold Coast we are also fortunate that some events are taking place with social distancing in place.  Remember your hand sanitiser and hygiene measures, and BYO bag and reusable water bottle.

    Biome’s Gold Coast eco store is located at The Brickworks at Southport and we love to support the community around us.  Please let us know if you have an event to list.

    OCTOBER 2020

    Ongoing – Plant Native Trees
    Join a Bushcare or Landcare group and help plant over 60,000 native trees across 60 hectares of the Gold Coast. No experience is needed to join. Download the six-monthly calendar to view locations, dates and times. View and book here >

    22 October – Plastic Free Cooking Workshop
    Plastic Free Gold Coast presents a Chips, Dips & Crackers workshop, as part of their ‘Cooking Series’, catered by The Almond Lane. Making those pickies from scratch can be fun, way healthier, way cheaper and plastic-free. Come along for an amazing night, BYO drinks to enjoy while cooking with them, and take part in the Plastic Free movement while having fun! Cost $35. Book workshop here >

    24 October – Clothes Swap
    Plastic Free Gold Coast have partnered with Morena Espresso for a women and men’s clothes swap! Rummage through your wardrobe and bring your pre-loved items along for a fun morning with friends! Slow down and say NO to Fast Fashion and YES to Sustainable Fashion. Event is free. Register your interest here >

    24 October – Seaside Scavenge
    Do you like chilling out on the beach? Listening to live music? Learning about conscious consumerism and hanging out with passionate individuals who are out to make a change!? Then come on down and get amongst it! Join us Plastic Free Gold Coast and the Traveling Trash Troupe at 9 am at Justins Park for the 3rd Gold Coast Seaside Scavenge event. The Seaside Scavenge is a litter clean-up where your trash, once sorted, becomes the currency in a pop-up, pre-loved market to purchase the funkiest of threads, books, toys and more that have been donated by the local community! Find out more here >

    25 October – Tree Planting
    Join Austinville Landcare Group and help restore Austinville Conservation Area along the upper reaches of Mudgeeraba Creek. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. You just need to ensure you wear appropriate clothes, enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring along sufficient drinking water. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    31 October – Nature Journaling
    Create a Treasure Map in your nature journal at the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens, Benowa, 9 am – 12 pm. The Gold Coast Botanic Garden is full of treasures, including a wide variety of plants, wetlands, waterbirds and landscaped parklands. So it’s a great place to add some of these elements to your nature journal in the form of a treasure map. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part. BYO materials. Find out more here >

    31 October – Tree Planting
    The Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program provides a platform for the local community to foster a connection with their natural environment and encourages active community involvement as well as ownership of our natural assets. Join the Friends of Federation Walk and the City of Gold Coast in helping to revegetate and restore the 91 hectare Federation Walk Coastal reserve at the Spit, Main Beach. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    31 October – NaturallyGC Facebook Live: Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
    Join Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski from Natura Pacific with a free live Facebook workshop and learn all about the magnificent Richmond Birdwing Butterfly, their current threats and how you can help.
    It’s the largest subtropical Australian butterfly and is listed as vulnerable, sharing the same conservation status as the Koala! This event is free. Register your interest here >

    31 October – NaturallyGC Nerang River Tree Planting Day
    Join the City of Gold Coast natural areas team for a community tree planting day with 1000 trees along the banks of Nerang River. It’s a great way to get hands-on and make a real difference to your local environment. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    NOVEMBER 2020

    3 November – Elanora Bushcare Group – Koala Tree Planting
    Join the Elanora Wetlands Bushcare Group and the City of Gold Coast in helping to revegetate and restore Koala habitat at Schuster Park. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre- dug. Event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – Bonogin Valley Bushcare Group 
    Protect, restore and enhance our natural areas with the Beaches to Bushland Program. Join the Bonogin Valley Bushcare Group in helping to revegetate Bonogin Creek. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – Hinterland Regional Park Bushcare Group
    Join the Hinterland Regional Park Bushcare Group and help restore areas adjoining Bonogin Creek through assisted weed control and maintenance works. You need to ensure you wear appropriate clothes, enclosed shoes, hat, sunscreen and bring along sufficient drinking water. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – NaturallyGC Bush Tucker
    Dura, yaga, jar means grow, cook, eat! Learn to grow, cook and eat a local variety of native Yugambeh country flavours in this inspiring one-hour bush tucker workshop. As we tour the Botanic Gardens, identify a range of local bushfood plants, discover ways to incorporate the flavours into everyday cooking and pick up tips to grow bush foods in your home garden. This workshop is tailored for adult learning and is suitable for ages 15 and above. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – NaturallyGC Wild World of Water Bugs
    Come meet and greet some of the amazing bugs that live in our waterways. Learn all about their habitats and life cycles, as well as how to identify them and the important role they play in our waterway health. Suitable for ages 5 to 12. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    7 November – NaturallyGC Mysterious Life of a Platypus
    Come find out about this unique and mysterious Australian animal that lives in our local waterways. Learn all about their habitat, what they feed on and how to look after them. Fun crafting activities are included in the session. Suitable for ages 5 to 12. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – Tarrabora Bushcare Group
    Protect, restore and enhance our natural areas with the Beaches to Bushland Program. A Natural Areas Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – NaturallyGC Schuster Park Bushwalk
    Join one of our City’s Natural Areas Officer to discover more about Schuster Park and the works being undertaken to improve both the conservation and recreational values of the area. Schuster Park is also home to a range of different animals including our iconic koala. Come on a walk with us to see what we can discover. Medium fitness required, flat level 4km trail. Suitable for ages 16 and above. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – Coomera River Catchment Group- Tree Planting
    Protect, restore and enhance our natural areas with the Beaches to Bushland Program. Join the Coomera River Catchment Group in helping to revegetate a 1km section of Coomera River at Regatta Waters Park, Oxenford. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    14 November – NaturallyGC Grow Me Instead
    Understand the growing environment in your garden from the ground up Ingredients of soil and how it is formed, its physical properties including texture, structure and chemistry. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    18 November – Nature Journaling
    Spring has sprung in the rainforest so there is plenty of inspiration for nature journaling. Join a nature journaling session at Binna Burra, Lamington National Park, 9 am – 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part. BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc). Find out more here >

    21 November – Boonooroo Park Bushcare Group
    The Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Landcare Program provides a platform for the local community to foster a connection with their natural environment and encourages active community involvement as well as ownership of our natural assets. Join Carrara and Boonooroo Bushcare Group in helping to restore Carrara Floodplain and Boonooroo Park. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre- dug. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    21 November – NaturallyGC Tallebudgera Creek Tree Planting
    Connect to your local creek and join the City of Gold Coast natural areas team for a community tree planting along Tallebudgera Creek to improve water quality, create habitat and reduce erosion. All tools and materials are supplied and the event is suitable for all ages. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    21 November – NaturallyGC Creepy Crawlies
    Develop an understanding of the important role insects play in the garden, their environmental significance, lifecycles, and how to stay safe whilst being outdoors. An educational storyline and a cast of puppets, taking you on a fun fact filled expedition into the intriguing world of these amazing Australian creatures! After the performance, an information session which incorporates live and displayed insects. The children are offered an opportunity to observe or interact with some of the live and very gentle stick insects. Suitable for all ages. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    29 November – Austinville Valley Landcare Group
    Protect, restore and enhance our natural areas with the Beaches to Bushland Program. Join Austinville Landcare Group and help restore Austinville Conservation Area along the upper reaches of Mudgeeraba Creek. A Council officer is in attendance on the day, all materials are supplied and the holes are pre-dug. This event is free. Register your interest here >

    DECEMBER 2020

    5 December – Nature Journaling
    Join a nature journaling session to draw animals at David Fleay Wildlife Park, West Burleigh from 9 am to 12 pm. All welcome. Gold coin donation to take part, plus entrance fee for David Fleay Wildlife Park. BYO nature journaling materials (e.g. notebook, pen, pencils, etc). Find out more here >

    Sustainable Living Resources:

    Gold Coast Tool Library and Repair Café

    Why buy when you can borrow? Save money and waste by borrowing items such as power tools, kitchen appliances, musical instruments, crafting tools, sporting equipment, gardening tools, camping gear, cameras, sewing machines and more from Gold Coast Tool Library. View more here >

    Need an item repaired? Save it from landfill by getting it fixed at a Gold Coast Repair Café event operated by Gold Coast Tool Library. Keep an eye on their next repair event here >

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