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Ballina Coastcare hoping for SCCU grant

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Some of the long time volunteers and committee members from the Ballina Coastcare group – Cathy Byrne, Wal Munn, Fran Byrne, Michael Jones, John Fielder, Kathy Brady and Marion Acret. Photo supplied.

A Ballina environmental group is one of the finalists in the 2020 SCCU Community Grants Scheme. Ballina Coastcare is a small group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and conserving unique beachfront zones in Ballina.

For 30 years, amazing results have been achieved by dune carers’ planting and weed eradication, collaboration with all tiers of government, rubbish removal, coordinating with local schools, procuring tools, management of health, safety and insurance, and much more.

The benefits of this work include environmental and social rewards for the local community, tourism and education. All of this comes with a financial burden for a small non-profit organisation. 

Officially forming in 2010 through the amalgamation of three local landcare groups founded in 1989, Ballina Coastcare say that they would put the grant to good use. The group plan to use the money to kickstart a project focused on youth volunteer recruitment, training and promotions, that will help sustain the management and future of Ballina beaches and Ballina Coastcare.

To vote in the 2020 SCCU Community Grants Scheme, visit: www.sccu.com.au/community/community-grants.



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