Griffith University will play an important role for the local environment this weekend with its BeachCare group hosting not one, but two Clean Up Australia Day events.

BeachCare is a coastal community engagement initiative facilitated by the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management in partnership with the City of Gold Coast. The program aims to provide an opportunity for community members to participate in caring for their local coastal environments through the planting of native dune species, weed removal and litter collection and auditing.

To be held thisSunday 6 March, the Clean Up Australia events aim to inspire and empower communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.BeachCare2_2016

“Every year Australia wide, hundreds of thousands of Australians get stuck in and clean up their local environment by collecting and removing rubbish,” says Beachcare co-ordinator Tegan Croft.

“The importance of the role of our dunes in the overall management of our beach can’t be overstated,” says Professor RodgerTomlinson, Director of the Centre for Coastal Management. “A healthy dune means our beaches will recover faster after storm events. I really encourage the community to get involved in looking after our beaches through the BeachCare program.”

The events will be held in Labrador (200m north of Charis Seafoods, opposite Parker St)from 9am-11am and at Currumbin at ‘The Alley’, Duringan Street, from 9am-11am.

Please be sure to bring some drinking water, wear enclosed footwear and sunsmart clothing.

Unfortunately you will not be able to participate without enclosed shoes.

Please call0414 762 374or email[email protected]for more information.

No need to register – just turn up!