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It was an epic way to spend Father’s Day with almost 40 vollunteers who joined Nature Conservation Margaret River Region (NCMRR) caring for the coast at beautiful Redgate Beach last Sunday, September 4.

Among the volunteers was renowned artist Leon Pericles, who said there had never been a more urgent time for the local community to get behind efforts to protect and conserve our nature and biodiversity.

The team got so much great conservation work done in two hours of power including:

– brushing to protect the dunes and limestone cliffs

– pulling weeds to stop them competing with native plantings around the new carpark

– installing stakes and tree guards to protect vulnerable seedlings

NCMRR coastal officer Mandy Edwards applauded the awesome turn-out, and said the work was a huge boost for Redgate coming into spring.

“Brushing with native tree prunings helps slow erosion, traps sand and windborne seed, and protects new seedlings. It’s a simple way for us to contribute towards the protection of this fragile environment,” she said.

NCMRR said a big thanks to Michelle Keppel from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attraction; Lisa Johnston from Margaret River Hampers for the delicious morning tea; Line in the Sand philanthropic group for funding our coastal program; and to all the dedicated, passionate and hard-working volunteers.

“A great way to build community, have fun, get outdoors and care for our amazing local environment. Top job team!” Mandy said.

NCMRR has more volunteer busy bees coming soon, including a beach clean-up in partnership with Tangaroa Blue at Gas Bay and Grunters beaches at Gnarabup.