Going back five years, the Seabird foreshore looked a little different to what it does now. Like many coastal areas, erosion was taking its toll on this small fishing town.
Prompted by locals, the State Government funded the construction of a seawall in 2015. The following year, 80 volunteers planted 2,400 native seedlings behind the seawall. This ‘green infrastructure’ planting compliments the engineered seawall by increasing resilience to erosion of the natural dunes.
The Seabird Progress Association together with the Shire of Gingin organised the project, supported by a NACC NRM Quick Step Grant. The planting event was part of a larger revegetation program to restore stability to the coastline. Among the attendees were the Seabird Progress Association members, Seabird locals, scouts from the 1st Morley Scout Troop, Shire of Gingin staff, NACC NRM staff, councillors and other community members from outside the township.
As you can see from the recent photo taken in April of 2020, the revegetation at the Seabird foreshore is not only looking incredible but it is also maintaining the integrity of the coastal buffer.
Many thanks to all involved in this project and a special mention to Jenny Susac for the recent photo monitoring.