Friends founder a coastal champion
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”.