“Conservation must be more than a convenient slogan”
At The Beach House we want to lead by example. We want to inspire others to see that it is possible to create change, and that through collaboration, we can make that change have a greater impact. You have to be the change you wish to see in the world.
By increasing awareness of some of the challenges our oceans and coastal environment face, we can help slow down and even stop some of the devastating effects humans are inflicting on our planet. From manmade tiny plastic particles in our oceans killing sea life to the erosion caused by removing coastal plants for developments – it’s all taking its toll. By booking an event at The Beach House you are contributing to our Environmental Trust and to our Ambassador Organisations. A percentage of the total trust funds will go to each of our Ambassadors to assist them in their personal coastal causes.
In October each year we will also invite organisations to submit ideas for initiatives to improve our coastal ecosystems or marine life. With the help of our Ambassadors and an expert advisory panel, we will then award funding from the Environmental Trust to one or more of these initiatives.
Positive Change for Marine Life
Positive Change for Marine Life dismantles the conventional narrative that the ocean exists for us to exploit. Through their core values of understanding, education and respect, they empower and support communities to take action for our ocean, developing long-term initiatives which benefit the sea, as well as those who rely upon it for survival. Byron born and bred, they currently work in Tweed Heads, the Gold Coast, Brisbane and in India – where their full-time team runs their marine conservation centre, which was opened in 2018.
PCFML work with a broad spectrum of people from diverse backgrounds - including businesses, fishing communities, community organisations, students, faith groups, activists, political institutions and individuals - to realise the value of a healthy ocean and the long-term environmental, social and economic benefit that it provides. To date, they have run projects in six countries around the world.
Ballina Coastcare Inc. is a not-for-profit community group dedicated to the restoration and management of the Coastal Reserve between the Richmond River and Sharpe’s Beach. The committee works along Lighthouse Beach, Shelly Beach, Black Head, Angels Beach and Flat Rock, as well as Allawah Bushland Reserve and other local sites. Their mission is to promote restoration, rehabilitation, protection and conservation of foreshores, dunes and native bushland within their Coastal Zone through community volunteering, benefaction, education, networking, partnerships and collaboration, research, and advocacy. Regular working bees are held at various sites along the coast on weekday mornings, plus a monthly weekend group at Flat Rock.
We suggest you visit their website to see the long list of their achievements to date.
AUSTRALIAN SEABIRD RESCUE
Australian Seabird Rescue is a grass-roots community group with a passion for coastal wildlife rescue and conservation. With branches along the coastline of New South Wales and sister-groups around the country, Australian Seabird Rescue’s strategic objective is to reduce the human impact on wildlife through rescue, research and education.
Since commencing operations Australian Seabird Rescue members have rescued thousands of animals, talked to thousands of community groups and individuals through the media, and trained hundreds of wildlife carers in the rescue and rehabilitation of marine wildlife. Australian Seabird Rescue educates people on how they can reduce the impact of plastics on marine wildlife. Australian Seabird Rescue runs awareness and education programs to all ages through social media. They also connect with the thousands of visitors at their WildlifeLink Sanctuary and coastal education centre each year. Australian Seabird Rescue accepts tours for groups of 10 or more people at their Sea Turtle Hospital in Ballina.