Coastal Community Engagement

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PROJECT OVERVIEW

This project is aimed at building natural resource management community skills, knowledge and engagement in coastal environments from Binninup to Walpole. It is dedicated to increasing community awareness, understanding, and the protection and management of our South West coastal natural resources.  It involves a collaborative approach to engage coastal communities, local governments and government agencies and continues to build on their capabilities developed through participation in past and current projects. This project supports and enables those stakeholders to continue their engagement towards coastal zone management and implementation within the coastal zone of the South West NRM Region.

During 2016-17, 7,025 seedlings were planted, revegetating an area of 1.25 ha over 15 sites located between Leschenault Peninsula all the way to Walpole. In addition, 0.33 ha of new revegetation and 0.19 ha of infill revegetation was completed with partner groups, who supplied the plants.

Brushing, bollards and coir matting were used to treat 1.24 ha of dune erosion over 1.38 km at multiple sites. This work was undertaken by community groups and volunteers.  In addition, these volunteers collected 0.3106 tonnes (9.13 m3) of marine debris over 64.755 ha of coastline.

The project completed 7.32 ha of weed control, including Victorian Tea Tree, Leptospermum laevigatum, removal at Windy Harbour (5.8 ha) and Broke Inlet (1.45 ha), and  Creeping Groundsel, Senecio angulatus, (0.07 ha) at Broke Inlet.

There were 42 community engagement activities and events held to build capacity and raise awareness of coastal values and challenges. These included workshops, coastal displays and activities involving 19 community groups and schools. A micro plastic research project, run by the Conservation Council WA, was supported involving more than a dozen volunteers across 32 sites in the south west.

Twenty-eight Aboriginal participants and 8 land managers were also engaged and supported through the project. In total, 1,168 volunteers contributed over 2,700 hours of their time to participate in coastal activities. This in-kind contribution is worth more than $52,000, illustrating just how important volunteers are towards the management of our coastal zone.

“An engaging talk by DPaW officer who was obviously keen on wildlife, kids in group fascinated, SWCC representative very welcoming”,

 “Great night stalk, very informative”,

“Excellent”

Feedback from community participants at the Binninup Possum Night Stalk.

FUN FACT

The Yeagarup Dune System, on the south coast 30 kilometres from Pemberton, is the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere. The 10-km-long body of sand is being blown inland at a rate of four metres per year.

COMMITMENT
30 community events

ACHIEVEMENT
42 community events

COMMITMENT
0.1 tonne of marine debris removed from South West beaches

ACHIEVEMENT
0.3106 tonnes of marine debris removed from South West beaches

Project Manager

Jen Mitchell

Key Partners

Augusta Coastal Group

Friends of Redgate

Friends of Gracetown

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