Coastcare is a community volunteer group made up of everyday Australians who care passionately about the protection and management of our coastal and marine environments. They identify local environmental problems and work together with government, local businesses and interest groups to achieve practical, sustainable solutions.
Thousands of volunteers from across the country form more than 500 Coastcare groups and, alongside their Landcare peers, put into action long-term, practical solutions in their local areas to look after and improve our natural resources.
Young and old, Coastcarers tackle problems like dune erosion, loss of native coastal plants and animals, storm water pollution, weeds and control of human access to sensitive and vulnerable areas.
How did Coastcare come about?
In the early 1990s, the Australian Government’s Resource Assessment Commission undertook an inquiry into the management and use of the resources of Australia’s coastal zone. It was one of the most comprehensive investigations ever undertaken into the coastal zone. One of the recommendations of the Commission was that a national coastal action programme should be established involving all governments, community and industry groups with responsibility for, and interests in, the management of coastal zone resources.
In 1995 the initial Coastcare programme was established by the Australian Government, and in 1997 the Coastcare programme was rolled into the Australian Governments’ Natural Heritage Trust Clean Sea Programme.
While there were community groups undertaking environmental works along the coast before this, the term Coastcare and Coastcare groups started around the mid 1990s. Coastcare is, in many ways, an extension of the Landcare movement focusing on the coast.
Landcare Australia supports, promotes and raises funds for the Coastcare group movement across Australia.
Get involved in Coastcare
In some areas, Coastcare projects are supported by local councils so you might want to speak to yours.
You can also visit the following websites for further information: