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Beaches to Bushland Volunteer Restoration Program

Supporting Gold Coast Bushcare and Landcare groups since 1999


Download and print the Beaches to Bushland brochure and calendar here to view group locations, dates and times.  You can also find out more about the support the groups receive and the benefits of joining - Click here 

The Gold Coast's beautiful natural environment allows us to enjoy a lifestyle like no other city.  By volunteering in a Bushcare or Landcare group you can help protect, maintain and enhance our natural areas and make a difference to your local natural environment.  Meet like-minded people and learn new skills that can be applied in your own backyard.


The program aims to:

  • Connect community and conservation
  • Improve the integrity, structure and health of the Gold Coast native vegetation so that ecosystems can function sustainably
  • Encourage active community involvement to manage bushland areas

You can play a part in protecting these areas by joining a group and participating in activities such as;

  • Planting native trees where required
  • Identifying and controlling environmental weeds
  • Identifying and encouraging native species
  • Maintaining your site.

Group works are coordinated by the City's Natural Areas Management Unit

 Ecological framework

Driven by the diversity of stakeholers currently involved in restoration works across the South East Queensland, and the variation of techniques, practices and outcomes produced, development of a regional standard was proposed.  The result of this process is the 'The South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework'.  The framework provides a best practice standard to ensure consistent ecological restoration delivery across South East Queensland.

The SEQ Ecological Restoration Framwork was originally proposed by environmental managers representing SEQ Councils (11 Local Government Areas).  In April 2011, the Council of Mayors (SEQ) endorsed the framework as a regional standard for undertaking restoration projects.  Completed and released in mid 2012 this publication offers best practice management options to land managers undertaking ecological restoration in South East Queensland.

The framework consists of three key documents;

  • Code of Practice:  a policy document setting out the aims of the framework (Code of Practice PDF 1.38MB)
  • Guideline: a decision-making tool to guide users to most appropriate course of action in their project. (Guideline PDF 2.37MB)
  • Manual: a technical but easy to use guide to all aspects of ecological restoration - Manual (Part 1 - 1.52MB, Part 2 - 1.27MB, Part 3 - 2.41MB)


Groups partnered with the Natural Areas Management Unit include:

Please click on the links below for further information about dates, times and locations for each group.  You can also view the full history, aims, objectives and the progress they are making.

Working in partnership with South Stradbroke Island Landcare Group
For dates, times and locations contact Natural Areas Management Unit on (07) 55811 537.

We also support individual Landcare projects at Batten Reserve (Nerang), Lower Halfway Creek Parklands (Ormeau), Pleasant Parklands (Oxenford), William Duckett White Park (Pacific Pines), North East Albert Landcare Group and Burleigh Ridge (Burleigh).

Program Awards

  • 2013 QLD Landcare award finalist for "Partnering with Landcare"
  • 2014 Healthy Waterways Government Award finalist
  • Tarrabora Reserve Bushcare Group 2014 City of Gold Coast Australia Day award winner

REMEMBER - Please wear sturdy shoes, long sleeves and pants, sunscreen, hat, gloves and bring some water.

For further information on how to join or the most suitable group for you please contact Council's Natural Areas Management Unit on (07) 55811 537 or email

Are you a school, Tafe or University student/group?

If you are a school, university or TAFE student or group looking for ways to gain experience in the conservation field this program would be suited to you. Large groups will need to book prior to the day to ensure there is availability.

If you are a corporate organisation, school or community group looking to be involved in caring for our local environment you may also be interested in our Community Planting Program specifically catered for larger groups.

All details in this schedule are subject to change.



For further information on our key programs and works, follow the links below. 

NaturallyGC programBeaches to Bushland - Volunteer Restoration Program Natural Areas Management PlansBushwalkingBushland restorationEnvironmental weedsBushfire ManagementCommunity Planting Days


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