Focusing on backyards

ONE of the Gold Coast's most popular community events, the World Environment Day Do on Sunday, June 5, will focus on the theme 'In My Backyard'.

The event, which attracted 5000 people last year, will be held from 10am to 4pm in Winders Park, Duringan Street, on the southern bank of Currumbin Creek.

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke said the day, organised by the Gold Coast and Hinterland Environment Council (Gecko) and sponsored by Gold Coast City Council, brought together people from across the city to celebrate the region's natural environment.

"This year's theme encourages us to take more of a personal approach to environmental awareness - to become conscious of the environment in our own backyard, whether that's our individual gardens or the magnificent hinterland ranges that are our city's backyard," Cr Clarke said.

"The World Environment Day Do is a great way of reminding us how fortunate we are to be living in a city that has such extraordinary biodiversity."

A highlight of the day will be the announcement by Cr Clarke of the 2005 Gold Coast Environmental Students of the Year and other features of the day include displays by local schools on the backyard theme, food stalls, music and sustainable living displays.

The council precinct will include workshops on composting and worm farming, the Wipe Out Waste Van with everyone who goes through the van invited to enter hourly draws for a worm farm, a Waterwise Gardening workshop with a gift of council's Better Gardening Guide to all participants, information on water saving devices and products, a display on the Gold Coast oceanway, active art for children, entertainment including children's activities and a display of native animals.

Presenter with The Great Outdoors and the face of the Gold Coast's glass-recycling program Shelley Craft, will be at the 'Do' to promote Council's waste-management programs.

Meanwhile, Gecko has urged people to send their nominations for its Environment Citizen of the Year and Environmental Senior and Junior Students of the Year in by Wednesday, June 1, by phone (5534 1412), fax (5534 1401) or email

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