Alex Foreshore Conservation Group
The Alexandra Headland Community Association successfully applied to SCRC Community Nature Conservation Program in August 2011 to establish a foreshore conservation group to help restore our coastal environment. The working group began at the end of 2011 in an area of the Bluff opposite Mandin Street and have made great progress with removing the singapore daisy weed from the forest (and others we had to learn about) and in replanting and stabilizing the bank to the south of the steps leading to the beach. Council have been spraying the noxious pepper trees and more appropriate plantings have since been achieved, particularly on an area of burnt out bluff face. Almost 1000 plants, ground covers and trees have been planted in 2012 but the extended dry period over Christmas caused some loss.
In 2013 the group has continued to work on this area, that they informally refer to as “Pandanus Cove” due to the large trees at the top of the steps and a beautiful specimen down on the beachfront in the cove. More than 50 new pandanus have been planted to try and add particular character to the area.
The group meets on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month under the direction of Rhonda Martin of SCRC Community Conservation program and is co-ordinated by Mario Barbagallo of the AHCA. We heartily welcome more volunteers to assist and no matter what your skill level, always something to do – its not too hard work, and a cup of tea and bikkies after is part of the comraderie. Contact Group Co-ordinator Mario on 0417 709 006
Alex Forest Preservation Group
This group formed in 1995 when the forest was first put up for sale by the Presbyterian Church and the group of local residents fought to convince Council to purchase the 3.4 hectare of wet schlerophryl forest which is the only wildlife refuge on the coastal plain between the two rivers.
Again in 2000, another 2.5 hectares was purchased for the community.
The Alex Forest Preservation Group continues to assist Council in maintaining and improving the forest with working bees on the first Saturday of every month.
Secretary: Lindsay Hope 5443 1638
Surfrider Foundation Sunshine Coast
This non-profit organization is dedicated to the protection of waves and beaches through Conservation, Advocacy, Research and Education (CARE). They work on a number of projects from coastal erosion issues, beach access, marine debris clean-ups and environmental monitoring, and are partnering with the Sunshine Coast University. Surfrider conduct beach cleans ups on Maroochydore/Alex beach on the Fourth Sunday of each month from 1.30-3.30. Meet at Pierce Park.
Secretary: Chris Glennie (2013) 0419 892 418
http://www.surfrider.org.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alex Mal Club Conservation Group
The Alex Mal Club who meet regularly to surf at the Bluff have also taken responsibility for the conservation of the area around the Bluff Viewing Platform and in partnership with SCRC Community Conservation Program they conduct quarterly clean up days. In May 2012 they did a fantastic job on a Saturday morning removing all the noxious weed lantana off the area, and greatly improved the view lines for those who regularly walk the bluff.