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EcoSurf


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EcoSurf Coordinator: Don Parry
Tel: (07) 5448 7080 | Email:
Don

Surf Life Saving Clubs and Services are active participants in the cooperative network of community organizations that promote environmental stewardship in the protection the ecologically sensitive coastal environment.

Mission

Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to the ecologically sustainable use of the coastal environment. It will demonstrate this commitment through the promotion environmentally friendly practices, education and awareness raising of environmental issues in order to ensure the ecologically sustainable use of coastal resources.

Rationale

Beaches play an important part in the Australian way of life. Coastal activities are dependent on healthy coastal environments, and the capacity to ensure ecologically sustainable use and development of that environment is imperative for all Australians.

The coastal zone embodies important social, cultural and indigenous values, including coastal landscapes, amenity and access. With Australians giving increased value to lifestyle choices in coastal zones, a cooperative approach to ecological sustainable use and development of those zones is important.

Surf Life Saving Clubs operate in a fragile environment that is also an important habitat for native flora and fauna.

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) has reviewed its ECOSurf Code of Practice and recommits as an active partner in a cooperative approach in the care, protection and management of coastal resources.

In establishing this policy it must be recognised that SLSA’s primary mission is saving lives in the aquatic environment.
Benefits

A nationally cooperative approach to protecting our coastal and beach environment will benefit all surf lifesavers and associated communities.
These benefits include:

Environmental

  • Protecting our beaches ensures future sustainability
  • Reducing waste and pollution
  • Reducing environmental impacts on eco-systems
  • Conserving use of natural resources
  • Improving water quality

Social

  • Community enjoyment of lifestyle choices within a healthy the coastal environment
  • Protection of our beaches in support of important social, cultural &indigenous values
  • Improved image of Surf Life Saving throughout the community (including positive media and corporate coverage)
  • Improved relationships with the community, business and all levels of government

Economical

  • Savings to clubs as a result of more efficient use of energy and water
  • Effective waste management
  • Reduced environmental liability

ECO Surf Policy Statements

Caring for the coastal zone

Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to reducing and preventing pollution of coastal and marine systems through the review and management of practices within the coastal environment, and through the education of its members and the wider community.

Developing community networks

Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to establishing cooperative relationships with community, government and business organisations to support Surf Life Saving initiatives in order to support public education relating to the responsible use the marine and coastal environment.

Encouraging 'green clubhouses'

Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to caring for our environment by encouraging clubs to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.

Protecting coastal habitats and wildlife

Surf Life Saving Australia is committed to protecting the diversity of natural coastal habitats and Marine Protected Areas (MPA's).

Eco Surf Practice

Practices

Surf Life Saving Australia will support the implementation of this policy by:

  • Ensuring the environmental impact of surf lifesaving is minimised through careful siting and design of buildings and associated infrastructure in ecologically sensitive areas.
  • Raising member and community awareness of coastal management issues.
  • Encouraging greater participation in coast protection activities.
  • Encouraging clubs and services to work with community networks/partners to initiate environmental improvements.
  • Ensuring that any environmental impact from surf lifesaving is minimised through the effective sourcing, provision and education in the use of surf lifesaving equipment, including raising SLSA expectations of suppliers' environmental practices.
  • Establishing guidelines to ensure environmental protection is a key objective in the effective management of surf lifesaving events and activities.
  • Encouraging clubs to adopt environmentally friendly and ecologically sustainable practices in facility development and resource recovery, including water and waste management.
  • Seeking and communicating information on funding available to clubs for environmental initiatives and to design, produce and distribute educational support resources to all clubs in Australia.
  • Setting an example through use and promotion of environmentally friendly printed information as well as goods and services.
  • Recognising and rewarding sustained commitment to good environmental practice.

What can Surf Life Saving Clubs can do...

Caring for the Coastal Zone

Commitment to protecting the broader coastal environment.

Raising members' and community awareness of coastal management issues by:

  • including elements within lifesaving education programs and activities;
  • including elements within junior/nipper education programs and activities;
  • becoming involved in environmental award initiatives such as Keep Australia Beautiful's Clean Beach Challenge; and
  • encouraging leadership and initiative through environmental activities, especially targeting youth.

Encouraging greater participation in coast protection activities by:

  • becoming involved in community action programs such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Dunecare, Waterwatch, Saltwatch and similar schemes, and
  • establishing or partnering a local conservation and/or environment group(s).

Ensuring any environmental impact is minimised through the effective provision and education of surf lifesaving equipment/services by:

  • raising awareness of the effects of contaminated/polluted water run off as a result of inappropriate craft/vehicle wash down.

Following guidelines to ensure due environmental protection is a key to the effective management of surf lifesaving events and activities by:

  • eliminating competitors from dune areas during surf carnivals;
  • providing on beach waste bags for competitors at surf carnivals;
  • be aware of sensitive natural beach environments whilst setting up beach patrols and surf carnivals arenas;
  • involving local environmental community groups to provide advice, and
  • ensuring waste separation facilities are available at large scale club hosted events.

Developing community networks

Commitment to community initiatives and educating the community on responsible ways of using the coastal environment.

Encouraging greater participation in coast protection and management activities by:

  • becoming involved in community action programs such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Dunecare, Waterwatch, Saltwatch and similar schemes;
  • becoming involved in environmental award initiatives such as Keep Australia Beautiful's Clean Beach Challenge;
  • establishing or joining a local conservation and/or environment group(s);
  • establishing (where required), maintaining and protecting wildlife corridors in areas adjacent to clubrooms;
  • protecting open space including areas of significant conservation value, eg indigenous sites, endangered plants, etc, coastal vegetation and animals by developing effective management plans;
  • protecting and/or restoring culturally significant sites, and
  • celebrating culturally significant events/traditions with the local community.

Encouraging 'green clubhouses'

Commitment to caring for our environment by encouraging best environmental practices to be adopted by clubs.

Adopt environmentally friendly/ecologically sustainable practices in facility development and resource recovery by:

  • Introducing ecologically sustainable construction/development principles in any clubhouse construction/redevelopment/demolition projects.

These may include use of natural lighting, renewable energy us, eg, solar and/or wind, water conservation and resource recovery approaches through recycling and reuse and may include:

  • water minimisation practices and/or devices, eg automatic shut-off taps on toilets and showers, installing water saving showerheads;
  • energy efficiency initiatives including smart building design, use of energy efficient building products, self-generated electricity/heating projects (eg photo-voltaic cells), and
  • energy minimisation practices and/or devices, eg long-life light globes, solar-heated/powered facilities or services, automatic light shut-off sensor switches.

Working in partnership with all levels of government to enable local environment improvement approaches regarding:

  • appropriate disposal of non-recyclable materials;
  • adequate, well placed litter bins in public parks/areas adjacent to clubhouse;
  • adequate, well placed recycling bins/facilities;
  • appropriate directional signs to litter bins, recycling facilities and/or services;
  • frequent and adequate collection from litter bins and recycling bins;
  • litter education and awareness programs, or signs;
  • provision of dog-litter bags and disposal facilities;
  • cigarette butt disposal facilities;
  • regular clean-up activities of beach and surrounding areas;
  • litter awareness signs, particularly at entries and exits for community use, and
  • recovery and reuse of resources such as green materials, glass, paper, cardboard, aluminium, plastic and oil.

Protecting coastal habitats and wildlife

Commitment to protecting the diversity of natural coastal habitats and Marine Protected Areas (MPA's).

Encouraging greater participation in coast protection and management activities by:

  • becoming involved in community action programs such as Landcare, Coastcare, Bushcare, Dunecare, Waterwatch, Saltwatch and similar schemes;
  • establishing or joining a local conservation and/or environment group(s);
  • establishing (where required), maintaining and protecting wildlife corridors in areas adjacent to clubrooms;
  • protecting open space including areas of significant conservation value, eg indigenous sites, endangered plants, etc, coastal vegetation and animals by developing effective management plans, in partnership with local government and/or local environmental group;
  • recognising local native wildlife and habitats to ensure effective protection and conservation;
  • actively encouraging the use of designated beach access tracks to minimise disturbance to other areas surrounding clubhouses, and
  • utilising local native plants for landscaping around clubhouses to help protect the integrity of the coastal habitat, reduce water use and setting an example to the broader community;
  • Avoid choosing plants that may become environmental weeds in the coastal environment.

FOR THE TURTLES

After reading this story in this morning’s Courier Mail we need to be more proactive.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queenslanders-still-trashing-our-coast/story-e6freon6-1226119955822

World’s biggest garbage dump - Plastic in the Ocean

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxNqzAHGXvs

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition is building a generation-wide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzBk9p6ZiMY&feature=related

http://take3.org.au/

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