Friends founder a coastal cham­pion

Wanneroo Times - - News -

A FOR­MER lo­cal res­i­dent was named Coastal Cham­pion at last week’s WA Coastal Awards for Ex­cel­lence.

Mar­jorie Apthorpe was recog­nised for her long-stand­ing role as founder, for­mer chair­woman and co-or­di­na­tor of the Friends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka Fore­shore.

With a pas­sion for the coastal en­vi­ron­ment and as a strong ad­vo­cate of non-her­bi­cide weed­ing, Dr Apthorpe founded the group in 2005, co-or­di­nat­ing vol­un­teers in lit­ter re­moval, hand-weed­ing and reveg­e­ta­tion for more than 10 years.

Dur­ing her time as chair­woman, she se­cured more than $200,000 in grants and re­cruited more than 70 vol­un­teers.

The City of Joon­dalup was also recog­nised at the awards, win­ning the lo­cal gov­ern­ment cat­e­gory for its Coastal Adap­ta­tion Plan­ning and Im­ple­men­ta­tion (CAPI) project.

Last year, the City took proac­tive steps to iden­tify and pre­pare for po­ten­tial fu­ture changes to its 17km coast­line caused by ero­sion and storm surges.

It de­vel­oped and im­ple­mented the CAPI project to en­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity and those af­fected were in­formed of the po­ten­tial risks.

The project also iden­ti­fied a long-term ap­proach to guide the City’s fu­ture coastal adap­ta­tion prac­tices, in­clud­ing a coastal mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram.

Mayor Troy Pickard con­grat­u­lated “every­one at the City in­volved in this well-de­served suc­cess”. He said the project “brought all as­pects of coastal haz­ard risk and coastal adap­ta­tion un­der the um­brella of one project to en­sure a co-or­di­nated and ef­fec­tive ap­proach to coastal adap­ta­tion”.

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