Irwin Volunteers Helping to Revegetate Degraded Coastal Dunes

Nun’s Pool is a unique habitat at the mouth of the Irwin River Estuary and, not surprisingly, is highly valued by the local community for its environmental, aesthetic and historic importance.  Unfortunately however, the coastal foreshore reserve at the Pool is also currently under considerable threat from coastal erosion and degradation.

Doing their best to address these threats, and ameliorate the impacts, 25 volunteers from the Dongara and Port Denison communities recently ignored threatening clouds looming overhead and gathered at the site to carry-out much-needed revegetation on the degraded dunes.

The activity was organised by the Irwin Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee, which, together with the Shire of Irwin, is committed to restoring the site. The project was funded by NACC through its Small Coastal Grants Program.  The project included collecting, propagating and planting 500 local provenance seedlings in the bare areas of the dunes to help maintain the integrity of the dune systems into the future.

“The 500 seedlings were planted and protective sleeves installed in record time,” said local resident and Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee member, Kylie Bessen. “And I want to say a special thanks to the high number of youth who contributed to the day.”

“It was great to see so many young people helping with the revegetation – a great sign for the future of Natural Resource Management in the region,” she said.

The site will be monitored into the future using NACC’s innovative Photomon app, and will be considered for further infill plantings at the same site next year.

“This is just the beginning for Nun’s Pool,” said Coastal and Marine Project Officer, Felicity Beswick. “The site is special, and prominent, and lends itself to being a very visible display of the community’s commitment to restoring their unique natural resources well into the future. They should be very proud of what they have achieved here today,” she said.

For more information about the project, please contact NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Felicity Beswick on (08) 9938 0108; or Coralie Palmer from the Irwin Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee on (08) 9927 0000.

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