Seeding Sunsets

Last week, the NACC NRM Coastal & Marine team joined forces with the City of Greater Geraldton (CGG) to further rehabilitate the dune ecosystem at Sunset Beach.

Joined by Midwest Aboriginal Ranger Program (MARP) Rangers, Clontarf students through Central Regional TAFE, local coastcare volunteers, CGG and NACC NRM’s Aboriginal Custodianship team, we enjoyed an afternoon of direct seeding locally acquired Coastal Spinifex (Spinifex longifolius) along the recently brushed dune at Triton Place, Sunset Beach.

This dune ecosystem, like many along the coastline in our region, has been heavily impacted by erosion and human activity. As a small and fragile ecosystem, it is crucial to provide protection to coastal development, particularly homes, as well as providing habitat and ecosystem services for our coastal environment.

The City of Greater Geraldton received Coastwest funding to support this activity, as well as the dune brushing, which acts as a physical barrier to wind and storms. Dune brushing traps sand and naturally disperses seed to rebuild previously eroded dunes.

NACC NRM’s Coastal & Marine team will continue to monitor the dunes through regular Photomon monitoring on behalf of CGG. Photomon monitoring involves capturing several different images of dunes and coastal ecosystems from the same photo point, tracking changes over time. Photomon is a particularly useful tool for observing revegetation; in this case, it will allow the Coastal & Marine Team to see how the dune develops, and hopefully rehabilitates, over time.

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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