Currimundi Catchment Care Group Inc. began as Friends of Currimundi Lake North West which formed in 2001 after Councillor Elaine Darling called a meeting for local residents interested in improving the environment of suburbs north of Currimundi Lake and those west of the Nicklin Way. The group was concerned about bank erosion, siltation and water quality of Currimundi Lake and its connecting system of creeks and canals, and preserving the natural features of fauna and flora.
In 2002, the group changed its name to Currimundi Catchment Community Care Group to reflect its expanded focus on the wider catchment, but later shortened the name to Currimundi Catchment Care Group. In 2005, the group became incorporated.
While working with Sunshine Coast Regional Council and receiving some financial support, the group aims to operate independently both financially and politically.
New members are always welcome and encouraged to participate in any of our activities. Membership is free on attendance at any meeting or activity. Members become eligible for voting after attending three meetings.
We are a very diverse and active group. We have removed weeds and planted thousands of plants in the parks and bushland bordering the waterways, collected tonnes of rubbish, stenciled litter awareness messages on hundreds of stormwater drains, delivered thousands of newsletters four times a year to a growing urban sprawl, distributed thousands of butt bins, addressed school groups on local environmental issues, conducted tours of an important rainforest stand and maintained a monthly water-monitoring roster at twenty sites along the waterways .
Educating the Community
We aim to educate and sensitize our local community to the need to protect and improve the natural ecological systems in this beautiful area which is increasingly under pressure of extensive urban development, canal development, business centralisation and main road construction – most of which requires destruction of open fields, wallum bush, natural wetlands and remnant vegetation of the catchment, pervasive disturbance of the natural water routes, and the loss of native wildlife.
We support other environmental groups, promote environmental activity days, assist local and state governments’ environmental projects, advocate for action and improvements, inform the community, improve our knowledge and skills and make submissions to governments on environmental issues that impact on the Currimundi waterways.