Who are we?
Here at Ocean Connect, we see the value in everyone. We aim to be a catalyst for positive change since our beginnings in 2013. Our core activities focus on the Gold Coast’s marine and coastal environment. These activities require problem-solvers, who bring different perspectives and are willing to be open minded. Ocean Connect emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. We wish to promote local participation in enhancing awareness of our local coastal and marine biodiversity through educational programs and citizen science.
We offer whole of community programs, which includes data collection that will contribute to the management of environments such as rocky shores, dunes, mangroves, sea grass and reefs. We are a non-advocacy group, open to anyone to participate in our programs. We do not engage in campaigning activities. Our team is led by award-winning marine scientists and environmental education specialists who lead or facilitate all our programs, on a volunteering basis. We reach over 7,000 community members each year and have a large volunteer base.
Our management committee consists of:
Maggie Muurmans (Co-Founder and Treasurer)
Henry Hunt (President)
Casey Chu (Secretary)
Tim Exley (Co-Founder)