Signs that dunes are still valued

Visitors and locals in Jurien Bay can now enjoy a new interpretive signage trail along the Turquoise Way Path thanks to the Jurien Bay Community Men’s Shed.

The trail comprises 10 interpretive signs which showcase coastal native plants characteristic of the Jurien Bay foreshore dune system.

Each sign highlights the value of each species in the dune ecosystem, their description, distribution in WA, and any known traditional Aboriginal food or medicinal uses.

In classic community spirit, the Jurien Bay Community Men’s Shed and Jurien Bay Regional Herbarium Group worked together on the project supported by a NACC Coastal Community grant.

The Herbarium Group diligently researched and reviewed content for the signs, provided photos, and determined the sign locations. The Men’s Shed spent many hours designing, planning, constructing, and installing the signs.

Hamish Longbottom, Coastal and Marine Project Coordinator at NACC in Jurien Bay said: “It’s great to see these community groups working together to look after our coastline. It’s really inspiring to see the people in the community being proactive about caring for the natural environment.”

Mike Sheppard, Vice President of the Jurien Bay Community Men’s Shed said: “The Men’s Shed are proud to be involved in community projects such as this, we are a very active organisation using the talent of its members to improve their own wellbeing and at the same time, support the community.”

“Our coastal native plants are the unsung heroes of our coastline. It is so important that we respect and protect the dunes that protect our coastal communities,” he said.

The trail, which extends from Dobbyn Park to the Jurien Bay Marina, was officially opened on Wednesday, 29 April. Following the opening, a morning tea was held at the Men’s Shed – with refreshments kindly donated by the Family Affair Café.

This project was supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

To find out more about NACC Coastal Community Grants Program, go to NACC’s Small Coastal Grants page. 

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