Coastal community groups from the southern half of the NACC NRM region came together on a day of wild weather to learn, discuss and share how coastcare will look in the future. Hosted by Seabird Progress Association with support from NACC, the coastcare forum included a series of engaging guest speakers and interesting discussions about shared problems on the coast.
Presenters included Nic Dunlop from the Conservation Council of Western Australia who gave an overview of Citizen Science Projects on the Mid-West Coast while Asha McNeill from the University of Western Australia discussed her research on local experiences of marine policy on the mid-coast of Western Australia. Caitlin Rae from Edith Cowan University also presented her research on Ghost Crabs on sandy beaches of the Mid-West region of Western Australia while Seabird Progress Association member and MC for the forum Robin Jacob outlined plans for the rehabilitation of the Seabird foreshore.
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You will be able to view these presentations and more on the new Coastcare resources page very soon
The event included a quick and chilly visit to local planting sites adjacent to a recently-installed sea wall. Leaning into a howling, salt-laden gale coming straight off the sea gave participants a brief insight into what our coastal plants must contend with – no wonder they are such a tough bunch. On the other hand, our group were not so tough and retreated quickly indoors.
The NACC Coastal and Marine team also took the opportunity to gather valuable feedback from coastcarers to guide future program planning under the new National Landcare Programme post June 2018.
NACC Coastal and Marine Project Manager Hamish Longbottom said Coastcarers were leading by example in our region and it was important for us to understand their priorities for the future in order for us to continue to support them effectively.
“Information from the survey will help us write our future Coastal and Marine program”,” he said.
NACC’s support for the Coastcare forum was made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.