Ballina Coastcare volunteers help restore and maintain our beaches, dune systems and public reserves. You need to have some regular time you can give but it doesn’t have to be every week. You should like working outdoors and be reasonably fit.
We work along Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach, Black Head, Angels Beach and Flat Rock, as well as Allawah Bushland Reserve and other local sites.
There is no cost to you except your time and energy. All you have to supply is your personal clothing and protective boots and hat. Groups provide all tools and equipment such as First Aid Kits.
We work mainly on week-day mornings. But we also have working bees on weekends to cater for people with week-day jobs. Work sessions vary in length but generally last 3 to 4 hours.
Special skills are gained on the job; you don’t need any prior knowledge. Volunteers can attend training events to increase their know-how, and learning on-the-job develops valuable career skills.
We prefer volunteers who commit to at least one work session per week – but volunteers are welcome whenever they can attend, even if just once in a while. All time on the job is valued.
Each local work site is covered by a Vegetation Management Plan that guides the volunteer group through “best practice” techniques and strategies.
All volunteers are insured against personal accident on the job and against public liability whilst doing authorized work. Ballina Shire Council underwrites the insurance costs for recognized groups as well as providing support and advice.
A national affair
As a volunteer you’ll proudly join more than 60,000 other Australians who belong to 2,000 community groups nationwide. This comprises “Coastcare” which is Landcare Australia’s coastal volunteers network.
Getting started …
Contact the site coordinator on our Contacts page. They’ll explain what to do, where and when they work.