Volunteers needed to care for Gnarabup coast
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River, in partnership with Nature Conservation Margaret River Region, are calling for volunteers to help protect the Gnarabup Headland area at their first community coastal rehabilitation session of the year.
To be held on Sunday 2 April between 10am and 12pm at the Ocean View Road Carpark, participants will work alongside the Margaret River Coastal Residents’ Association to lay brush to prevent erosion and define trail access.
Kay Lehman, the Shire’s Acting Coordinator of Environmental Landcare Services, said the Gnarabup Headland is a unique but fragile area and laying brush in degraded areas will help protect the coastal vegetation at this site.
“It’s great to get the community involved in on-ground projects to work together to care for our local coastline and make a meaningful difference,” Kay said.
“The initiative is just one part of the Shire’s Prevelly Gnarabup Foreshore Plan and Nature Conservation’s Caring for Coast program which will see a series of community rehabilitation sessions undertaken between the Margaret River Mouth Beach and Gas Bay over the coming months.”
Mandy Edwards, Nature Conservation’s ‘Caring for Coast’ office, said last year saw a number of successful community planting days across different locations along the coast, with hundreds of volunteers planting more than 1000 native plants and laying down several tonnes of recycled brush on fragile dunes.
“We’re thrilled with the community’s response and hope their commitment will continue throughout the year with our future community busy bees,” Mandy said. “We’d like to remind everyone to be sun smart on the day. Be sure to bring along water, shoes, sun protection and gloves if you have them.”
Volunteers will be thanked with a complimentary morning tea generously donated by Margaret River Hampers. For catering purposes, please RSVP via email at [email protected].
This event is funded by the Shire of Augusta Margaret River, supported by CoastWest and delivered in partnership with Nature Conservation Margaret River Region.