Environmental News

Queensland's Cleanest Beach is Rainbow Bay

David Curtin - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Nestled in between Point Danger to the east, Greenmount Hill to the west and Boundary Street to the south, Rainbow Bay has been named Queensland’s Cleanest Beach.

Rainbow Bay is the hidden gem of the Gold Coast; best known for hosting the Quiksilver Pro surfing competition, and the first patrolled beach from the border of Queensland and New South Wales, Rainbow Bay has proudly snagged the title from last year’s winner; Currumbin.

At the 2014 Clean Beaches program launch, Keep Queensland Beautiful CEO David Curtin said “The old (and tired) Clean Beaches program has been revitalised to spark new competition from Thursday Island in the north to the iconic beaches of the Gold Coast.

All participating beach communities along the Queensland coast will now be ‘accredited’ a 1 – 5 star rating.”

The new ‘accreditation’ process has awarded Rainbow Bay with a 4 star to kick off the 2014 competition for their success in each focus area.

Rewarded for their strong partnership between ‘Friends of Rainbow Bay’, Griffith Centre for Coastal Management (GCCM), the City of Gold Coast (Council) and the Surf Life Saving Club; the Rainbow Bay community has achieved outstanding success with engaging the local community in regular activities;

  • clean-up patrols to include identification and auditing of litter pollution,
  • high-level dune care protection,
  • school and community-based education programs through the GCCM,
  • participation in the Save our Southern Beaches Alliance,
  • recognition for their litter prevention and management strategies,
  • glass crushing-recycling program at the Surf Life Saving Club,
  • award-winning SMART release seaway system,
  • gross pollutant traps for drainage,
  • solar powered beach patrol towers and bus stops,
  • participation in CoastEd, Waterwatch and Watersaver programs,
  • and a long-standing commitment from Coastguard and Royal Lifesaving Clubs.

 

Member for Currumbin and Minister for Tourism, Jann Stuckey MP said “this was an extremely pleasing result and a deserving acknowledgement of the tireless efforts of locals and stakeholder groups, in particular Friends of Rainbow Bay.

“Currumbin beach was successful in taking out the coveted twin titles of Queensland and Australia's Cleanest beach 2013 and now beautiful Rainbow Bay has become the first beach to win the state award under the new star rating accreditation

 “This state recognition is a testament to the community spirit of residents on the southern Gold Coast.  I extend my congratulations and appreciation to all who contributed to Rainbow Bay receiving this award.”

City of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate unveiled the new accreditation signage this morning said that “This award is a significant endorsement of our combined efforts to make our city’s beaches world-class; and that we continue to lead the way, as a city, in community partnerships and best practice coastal management”

 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Queensland Clean Beaches accreditation program provides an opportunity for coastal communities, councils, and surf lifesaving associations, schools and other interested groups or businesses to motivate people to enhance the quality of their local environment through personal initiative and community action across key environmental focus areas.

It takes a whole of community approach and covers many elements including; Community Action and Partnerships, Litter Prevention, Heritage and Culture, Resource Recovery and Waste Management, Water and Energy Conservation, and Environmental Protection and Innovation.

The 2014 program is now open, until 31 August, register online @ www.keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au


ABOUT RAINBOW BAY

Bounded by two rocky headlands it is popular with simmers and holiday makers for its protected location, surfers for its point breaks, and photographers for its stunning sunsets.

The Rainbow Bay Surf Lifesaving Club deck is the perfect spot to have a relaxing afternoon watching the waves as they roll in the distance with the sun setting over the hinterland.

Snapper Rocks is a favourite surfing spot of local world champs, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson and Stephanie Gilmore.


MEDIA CONTACTS:

Keep Queensland Beautiful, Chief Executive Officer: David Curtin – 0435 602 737

City of Gold Coast, Public Relations Officer: Nicole Jensen – 0401 442 116

Griffith Centre for Coastal Management , Gold Coast: Joel Hayes – 0414 762 374