Whether it be the fall-out from natural disasters, ongoing clean-up events, educational initiatives, knowledge sharing, community support or celebrating our natural resources, Capricornia Catchments are right there actively caring for environment and community.
As a not for profit group, Capricorn Catchments relies heavily on community engagement from hundreds of amazing people who give their time freely to help nurture and protect our region.
LNG Butterfly Discovery Day
The ultimate day of family fun taking a nature walk through Lammermoor Gardens and learning more about the region’s beautiful butterflies, their habitat and care. The LNG Butterfly Day has become an annual event with hundreds of people of all ages and varied backgrounds coming together to relax and enjoy what nature delivers. Smiling children can be found armed with butterfly nets which they use to catch and observe the butterflies up close before releasing them back into nature. The day includes a sausage sizzle and presentations by guest speakers aimed at engaging people of all ages and interests.
Ross Creek Discovery Day
Held annually, Ross Creek Discovery Day is an opportunity to get to know one of the regions favourite picnic locations better. Capricornia Catchments, the Inlet Association and Capricorn Coast Landcare have partnered over the past few years to bring this delightful area back to its natural environment.
Many tons of litter and debris have been removed including the removal of old abandoned vessels and structures.
Sandy Point Discovery Day
Sandy Point Discovery Day was established to foster stewardship and address the challenge of dune destruction adjacent to the Corio Bay Ramsar area which ultimately birthed the idea of the annual Five Rocks Clean Up. The day was both educational and practical as volunteers come together to clean up marine debris and learn more about the care and respect we all need to foster to ensure the area is maintained in a pristine natural environmental state.
Volunteers learn more about the native fauna and flora, challenges they face and how by changing our own habits we can preserve this area and others for generations to come.
Mulambin Beach Clean-up and Tree Planting Day
Capricornia Catchments Project Officer and Tangaroa Blue member Shelly McArdle, Livingstone Shure Council and environmental volunteer John McCabe joined forces to raise awareness about the threat posed by marine debris and coastal degradation on the coastal marine environment.
Participating St Brendan’s College students were stunned with the amount of micro plastics and other marine debris found on the day while being educated on how they can make eco-friendly choices they can use instead of plastics to create a better world both now and into the future.
This event was one of many stand-alone events where Capricornia Catchments have partnered with other not for profit groups and clubs for the betterment of the environment and our natural resources.
Capricornia Catchments participate in all environmental expos, events, and information sessions across the region with a sharing of information, education, helpful displays, and fun activities to engage people of all ages and interests.
School Based Education and Activities
Bringing fun and games into environmental awareness is a priority for Capricornia Catchments when participating in school-based activities giving students the opportunity to learn about the importance of protecting our natural resources.
School based events and educational services are available to all schools in the region on request.
Waste Reduction at the Source Activities
By utilizing local media, events across the region, school-based initiatives and environmental group meetings, Capricornia Catchments are continually spreading the word to educate people of all ages on how they can make a difference by reducing waste and making better consumer choices.
From making better choices when purchasing goods to considerate disposal of waste, everyone can make a difference.
Drain Buddy Initiative
Capricornia Catchments have partnered with Envirolink, Capricorn Coast Landcare and Livingstone Shire Council to install drain buddies in the Yeppoon CBD area. The results have been astounding and have allowed stakeholders to gather vital data about exactly what is washing down our drains and out to sea allowing groups to target key areas requiring more focus and education.
Capricorn Coast Coffee Collective
As part of the Reef Clean Source Reduction project, Capricorn Coast Coffee Collective aims to encourage coffee lovers everywhere to opt for a reusable cup for their takeaways in a bid to protect our waterways and marine life and reduce waste.
Australians discard more than three billion takeaway cups and lids each year. All takeaway coffee cups are up of largely paper-lined with plastic polyethylene tightly bonded to the paper, making those cups waterproof to contain liquid.
This means they cannot be recycled in the usual way and are a danger to the environment due to their gradual breakdown results in tiny microplastics that can be ingested by animals and chemicals that can be toxic for both animals and humans.