Gold Coast Green Week is a curated 10-day calendar of environmental events that celebrate our unique natural environment. The festival is designed to coincide with the United Nation’s World Environment Day on 5 June each year. Gold Coast Green Week is a continuation to a long tradition of World Environment Day celebrations hosted by Gecko since 1989.
World Environment Day in the United Nations’ flagship day for promoting worldwide awareness and actions for the environment. It is the largest global Platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of eople in more than 100 countries. Gold Coast Green Week follows the United Nations’ annual theme for the day. In 2020, the theme is Biodiversity.
Gold Coast Green Week is coordinated by Gecko Environment Council and Watergum (previously known as Gold Coast Catchment Association) with participating events hosted by various community groups, organisations, institutions, businesses and private individuals in the Gold Coast area.
In 2019, over 45 event hosts participated through coordinating in excess of 70 activities, events and projects. The participating hosts and partners included;
- City of Gold Coast
- Surfrider Foundation
- Gold Coast Botanical Gardens
- Sustainable Schools Network
- Bats Queensland
- Ngarang-Wal, Gold Coast Aboriginal Association
- Gold Coast libraries
- Griffith University
- Sea Shepherd
- Reef Check Australia
- Green House
- Boomerang Bags
- The EcoVillage
- Balter Brewing
Previously known as Gold Coast Catchment Association, we are an innovative and dynamic not-for-profit that helps the community engage in real, on-ground work to restore, maintain and protect the natural environment.
We do this through citizen science programs, restoration and conservation projects, events, workshop and member services.
We work directly with the community on our own projects, and indirectly by supporting our member groups who work with the community on their own projects.
Our mission and activities:
- Connecting Gold Coast community groups and individuals who are involved in on-ground ecological restoration and catchment management work through our website, newsletter, social media and events;
- Providing services to our member groups including marketing, web presence, insurance, acting as a sponsoring organisation for grant applications and to help manage their grant funds;
- Hosting and co-hosting environmental events that engage the general community;
- Coordinating and managing Citizen Science Programs and Projects that engage and educate the community;
- Providing independent and non-political input to Government on catchment management issues and initiatives.
Gecko Environment Council is the peak environmental body in the region. The organisation was founded in 1989 with a vision of a vibrant Gold Coast community where people and animals, plants, water, air and earth all form a healthy, harmonious system.
Gecko aims to actively promote, conserve and restore the natural environment and improve the sustainability of the built environment of the Gold Coast region in partnership with our member groups and the wider community.
We operate through three main avenues:
- networking and alliances
- influencing all levels of government through submissions and research
- GeckoEd school holiday programs, after school club, birthday parties and curriculum-based excursions
- Calendar of events; Clean Up Australia Day on the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Green Week, Annual Environmental Awards, School Sustainability Awards, Gecko Talks series and Biodiversity Month activities
- Communications; Out and About newsletter, environmental blog
- Recycling initiatives; Hard To Recycle and EWaste programs, waste collection and recycling facilities for the community
- Community Hall
- Funding and Partnership programs
- Volunteer programs
Visit our website www.gecko.org.au