Surfrider Foundation South Coast

The South Coast (NSW) branch of the Surfrider Foundation.


The South Coast branch was reinvigorated in 2012 after the Sydney Harbour paddle out was organised by the Boomerang Alliance for the Container Deposit Scheme. Since the branch’s rebirth, we have been concentrating on community beach cleans, drain stencilling, inviting the University of Wollongong to start up its own branch, campaigning against single-use plastics, collaborating with the Wollongong City Council to declare a climate emergency, rolling out the Ocean Friendly campaign to cafes, restaurants and schools, working with international interns on many projects including writing submissions for Bills to go to parliament.


The South Coast branch has been collaborating with other environmental organisations to achieve environmental victories for our region. In the past 8 years we have:
Hosted 3 Illawarra Clean Beach Festivals comprising of collaboration from many of the major Australian Marine & Environmental NGOs.
Collaborated with Wollongong City Council to do Drain Stencilling throughout the region to educate the public
School Education community outreach
Founded the Ocean Friendly program
Founded the GromFest junior Surfing Boardriders Competitions
Started the first University club in Australia at UOW
Hosted University of Wollongong interns as part of their degrees
Hosted International students as part of their degrees
Participated in Senate Hearings regarding marine issues
Hosted Paddle Outs to oppose offshore oil drilling
Collaborated with surfwear brands to invite participation from the public to join in beach cleans
Sponsored School programs to educate youth on marine conservation
Organised countless beach cleans
Organised underwater seabed and beach cleans
Campaigned extensively for Wollongong City Council to declare a climate emergency
Currently installing Drain Buddies to prevent pollution from entering Wollongong Harbour.

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