Volunteers flock to Seabird

They say many hands make light work, and that was particularly true for a community planting day event recently held in Seabird.

About 80 volunteers turned up to dig deep, planting about 2,400 native seedlings behind the newly constructed seawall on Saturday 6 August.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom briefs community volunteers.
NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom briefs community volunteers.

The Seabird Progress Association and Shire of Gingin organised the project, supported by a NACC Quick Step Grant. The planting event was part of a larger revegetation program to restore stability to the coastline.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officers Hamish Longbottom and Vanessa McGuiness also attended the event – providing supervision and direction to volunteers.

Among the attendees were the Seabird Progress Association members, Seabird locals, scouts from the 1st Morley Scout Troop, Shire of Gingin staff, councillors and other community members from outside the township.

Hamish said the event reinforced the coastal town’s fantastic community spirit that is always displayed by both locals and other volunteers alike.

“The event really brought the town together,” he said. “Everyone here is realising how important maintaining the integrity of the coastal buffer is. In time it is hoped that these new revegetation efforts will replicate the surrounding natural dune system.”

Hamish said the revegetation program will continue next year – to add to greater variety of species and number of plants – saying that community interest had already been sparked for similar events in the future.

If your community group would like to help make positive impact through a NACC Coastal and Marine grant, please visit NACC’s webpage.

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