Day out to pro­tect dunes

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - David Sal­vaire

This Satur­day a ded­i­cated group of green-thumbed vol­un­teers will de­scend on Sin­gle­ton Beach in a bid to halt dune ero­sion and have a bit of fun along the way.

The Sin­gle­ton Coast Care Plant­ing Day will see about 1000 na­tive coastal species planted along the dunes in an area north of where the group has been suc­cess­fully plant­ing since 2010.

Coast Care tack­les prob­lems like dune ero­sion, loss of na­tive plants and an­i­mals, storm water pol­lu­tion, weeds and con­trol of hu­man ac­cess to sen­si­tive ar­eas.

Sin­gle­ton co-or­di­na­tor Natalie Lees said the event was a great day out for the fam­ily and en­cour­aged any­one and ev­ery­one to come down.

“It’s a re­ally fam­ily-friendly day and peo­ple can come for the whole time or just for an hour,” she said.

“The bit that I love is hav­ing all of our neigh­bours to­gether and that’s how I’ve made a last­ing group of friends.

“We started off to the south and we’re slowly fill­ing in blowouts to make sure the sand doesn’t move around.”

Ms Lees said coastal bio­di­ver­sity was im­por­tant to pro­tect the quenda and small bird pop­u­la­tions.

Food will be pro­vided by the Green S Team and the event runs from 9am to 5pm, at the main beach in Sin­gle­ton.

In a month brim­ming with en­vi­ron­men­tal events, the City of Man­durah will be get­ting into the spirit with Na­tional Tree Day on July 30.

Na­tional Tree Day is one of the most im­por­tant, en­vi­ron­men­tally- fo­cussed events on the City of Man­durah’s cal­en­dar and the City hopes to en­cour­age lo­cal res­i­dents and their fam­i­lies to do their part to help the en­vi­ron­ment.

Vol­un­teers can en­joy tree plant­ing, ed­u­ca­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, plant give­aways, na­tive an­i­mals and take a free ride on the Man­durah Fun Train.

Mayor Ma­rina Ver­gone said Na­tional Tree Day was a great chance for the Man­durah com­mu­nity to unite, re­con­nect with na­ture and re­store the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

“Na­tional Tree Day is an im­por­tant day for our com­mu­nity to come to­gether and do our part for the fu­ture, while en­joy­ing the ben­e­fits of re­con­nect­ing with na­ture,” she said. “Re­search shows that get­ting out­doors and into na­ture has proven health ben­e­fits in­clud­ing re­duced stress lev­els, im­proved con­cen­tra­tion and im­proved hu­man per­for­mance and en­ergy.”

Pic­ture: David Sal­vaire

Sin­gle­ton Coast Care co-or­di­na­tor Natalie Lees with her son Michael, 3, at Sin­gle­ton Beach.

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