Covering Our Tracks at Cliff Head

The Cliff Head coastal camping node in Arrowsmith has long been a popular spot for travelers both local and from further afar.

The site boasts beach camping, just metres from the water’s edge and is easy to access being in close proximity to the Indian Ocean Road and Brand Highway intersection. However, there was simply no way to avoid the wear and tear that came with being a loved attraction by so many people for so many years.

In 2015, Dongara’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Community (TTSC) committee received funding through NACC NRM’s Coastal Community Grants Program which has been put to great use at the site! The grant was utilized to revegetate two superfluous gravel roads that lead into the camping area.

One of the major strengths of the application was the use of local provenance seed which was collected and grown by Geraldton’s Julie Firth of the Dryland Permaculture Centre.

The first step in the process was the removal and ripping of the gravel on the tracks, followed by the planting of young seedlings at the start of Winter 2016. As you can see, with thanks to Photomon, the site is now thriving!

It has brought a lot of joy to the NACC NRM team to admire this revegetation site while driving past on the Indian Ocean Drive and know the work that has gone into rehabilitating this important coastline.

A big thanks goes out to the TTSC Committee and the Shire of Irwin for managing another successful project.

Tegan Knowles & Mic Payne – Coastcare Support Officers

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