Program will boost casuarinas
Woodgate beachfront planting program
THE casuarina trees that so gracefully define the foreshore at Woodgate Beach will have their numbers boosted on Saturday with the Isis Bushcare and local PCYC cadets involved in a planting program.
Bundaberg Regional Council is partnering with the Bushcare members in undertaking a replacement planting program on the foreshore in three locations along the Esplanade.
The council’s Environment and Natural Resources spokesman Cr Danny Rowleson said the program aimed to reinstate Casuarina trees lost during wave action caused through tidal influences and the effects of heavy rain during recent flood events.
“The revegetation is scheduled to commence on Saturday with the PCYC Cadets and Bushcare members undertaking the work.”
Isis Bushcare events co-ordinator Margie Zea said the program would commence with a safety induction and a demonstration of how to prepare planting sites and to transition the new plants from their pots.
“The Casuarina seedlings being planted out are from seed Isis Bushcare collected directly from the Woodgate Beach foreshore and raised in its nursery in Childers.
“Plantings in the sand dunes help to stabilise the dunes which, in turn, protects them from further erosion.
“The bank sediments are stabilised by generating a network of roots in the sand dunes which partially absorb storm waves and current forces, thereby reducing the effects of erosion,” Ms Zea said.
Planting will be opposite 4th Avenue, between 6th and 7th Avenues and an area north of the Caravan Park.
WOODGATE: Plans for more trees along the foreshore.