Keeping it cool for coastal care

This is the coast with the most.

The most community support, that is.

This is clearly evidenced by the great work undertaken by community members and local community groups – with support from the the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – who have completed nine projects over the past month to help improve our region’s unique coastal environment.

More than $40,000 was awarded through NACC’s coastal grants for the projects which focused on rehabilitating degraded coastal sites between Geraldton and Guilderton.

Nine NACC coastal care projects have come to life thanks to community support.
Nine NACC coastal care projects have come to life thanks to community support.

NACC Coastal Program Coordinator Dr Mic Payne said the grants offered an opportunity for community members to engage with their local environment.

“Our coast is a valuable and unique environment under pressure from increased recreational use, urban development and a changing climate,” he said.

“These grants have provided the essential wherewithal to enable local organisations to continue the invaluable work they do along our coast.

“All of the completed projects successfully contributed to the ongoing management of our coastline, and helped to improve the community’s capacity to undertake future coastal restoration works.”

Dr Payne said he hoped the good work achieved throughout the last financial year would continue to be built upon in the future.

Grant recipient John Hatch, from Friends of Lancelin Coast, said the financial aid was extremely valuable.

“The coastal community grant received from NACC allowed us to complete some enhancement plantings at two sites that had previously been restored,” he said.

“It was a great opportunity to get the local school involved and it was a very valuable exercise for all participants.”

NACC would like to congratulate Moore Catchment Council, Seabird Caravan Park Committee, Sunset Beach Community Group, City of Greater Geraldton, Friends of Bluff Point, Irwin Tidy Towns Sustainable Committee and Ledge Point Coastcare, Shire of Gingin and Friends of Lancelin Coast.

All groups achieved their goals and gained some quality outcomes for coastal restoration along our coastline through the completion of their projects.

NACC looks forward to receiving the new batch of project proposals under Round Seven of NACC Coastal Community Grants.

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