In Australia’s Green Cauldron National Landscape, residents are working together to improve the health of coastal ecosystems. In October 2012 we launched the Marine Action Conservation Society (MACS) to educate and inspire young people and bring the Tweed Coast community together in positive projects.
Our first venture is the restoration of Cudgen Creek, a significant area of unique riverbank vegetation that provides habitat for many birds and small mammals and helps stop pollutants from entering the estuary. The estuary is home to ecologically endangered communities of sea grass beds and mangroves, with a diverse range of marine life.
So far 200 trees have been established – most are around half a metre and some are as high as a metre. A further 400 saplings went into the ground this week with the help of Dune Care and local sponsor Holcim.
MACS launched last year when we released a rescued turtle back into the ocean – and honoured the society’s first Eco-Ranger, nine year-old Josh Kook. Josh and his father saved the turtle when they found it floating near Cook Island. The turtle was not diving below the surface and was covered in barnacles and algae – signs it had swallowed plastic bags.
Eco-Rangers take part in a number of environmental activities and earn badges for projects such as tree-planting, coastal clean-ups and marine encounter workshops.
We’re glad to say more people are now recognising the signs of turtles in distress and getting these precious creatures the help they need.
Thanks to all at MACS and our team of committed stakeholders from the Green Cauldron region. Amazing work, everyone!
Tim Jack Adams, Marine Action Conservation Society
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