Coast carers electrified!

A magnificent lightning storm could not stop coastcare groups from the Northern Agricultural Region gathering for the 2016 Regional Coastcare Forum in Jurien Bay recently.

Hosted by the Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group, the forum saw more than 35 people from the community come together for the cause.

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Guest Speakers included: Professor Kingsley Dixon from Curtin University; Tony Friend, Principal Research Scientist from the Fauna Conservation Program at DPaW; Paul Jennings, Marine Park Coordinator at the Jurien Bay Marine Park, DPaW; and Mic Payne, NACC Coastal and Marine Coordinator at .

The interesting program of presentations covered a range of hot coastal topics – including natural processes shaping coastal environments, populations of Dibblers (small marsupials) on islands, plant communities of dune and coastal environments, and the Jurien Bay Marine Park.

Professor Kingsley Dixon wowed the audience with stories of overcoming adversity in conserving coastal vegetation in Perth, and invited the Coastcarers to ‘be their own scientist’.

“Community involvement and education allows for members of the public, and important public figures, to understand why it is important to reinvent seascapes,” Professor Dixon said.

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A field trip to one of the Jurien Bay Herbarium Group’s coastal revegetation sites was planned to follow the event, however was wisely cancelled due to the violent thunderstorm raging at the time.

Coastcare Groups from Cervantes Coastcare, Friends of Lancelin Coast, Friends of Moore River Estuary, Green Head Coastcare, Guilderton Community Association, Ledge Point Coastcare and Kwelena Mambakort Aboriginal Corporation (Wedge Island) all met at the event to discuss current matters on the southern coastline of the Northern Agricultural Region (NAR).

The groups will all meet again in six months to further collaborate and discuss issues raised at the Forum, including impacts of unrestricted four wheel drive and off-road vehicle use in coastal environments.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said the forums are important for the groups, their members and our coastal environment.

“They are organised and run by Coastcare groups for Coastcare groups, and NACC will continue to support them to undertake these important events. This is capacity-building at work,” he said.

To get involved in one of these Coastcare groups, please contact Hamish on Ph 9652 0872 or email hamish.longbottom@nacc.com.au

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