Moore plants for National Tree Day

21 July 2016

NACC’s Coastal & Marine Team road testing the trailer with Friends of Point Moore.
NACC’s Coastal & Marine Team road testing the trailer with Friends of Point Moore.

Brave locals, prepped with raincoats and wet weather gear, recently battled wind and rain to help the Friends of Point Moore restore and revegetate the coastal dunes at Grey’s Beach, Point Moore.

The event was one of thousands of tree planting events that’s have taken place nationwide this July to celebrate 20 years of National Tree Day.

More than 20 eager volunteers planted 400 native and local provenance seedlings that will provide natural protection for the degraded dunes at Grey’s Beach.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness said “It was amazing to see so many enthusiastic volunteers turn up, even with dark clouds on the horizon.”

“When the rain came down everyone wanted to keep planting which showed just how dedicated these community members are when protecting our beautiful coastal environment,” said Ms McGuiness.

The past few months have seen the Friends of Point Moore undertake barrier fencing to restrict pedestrian access to the dunes, sand trap fencing to prevent wind erosion, boxthorn removal, and the installation of interpretative signage. Together, these actions help the Grey’s Beach fore-dunes to resist erosion, thereby bolstering the site’s coastal defences.

NACC thanks and congratulates and the Friends of Moore Point and other community members who took part for another very successful day out, especially Mark Reid who was a driving force behind the implementation of the dune revegetation day.

The planting day also provided an opportunity to road test NACC’s new Coastal Community Engagement Trailer which was successful in transporting all of the necessary equipment and importantly, all the BBQ needs!

Look-out for the official launch of the trailer during this year’s Goodness Festival from 14-21 of August.

The Point Moore dune restoration event was supported by the NACC, through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Coastwest grants.

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The sun finally comes out! Volunteers planting along sand trap fencing at Grey’s Beach.

For more information on NACC’s Coastal and Marine Program please contact Vanessa McGuiness on 9938 0108 or vanessa.mcguiness@nacc.com.au.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies – kym.jefferies@nacc.com.au or call 9938 0124.

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