Fore­shore clean-up helps plant­ing project progress

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

VOL­UN­TEERS with Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care are cel­e­brat­ing a suc­cess­ful clean-up where two cu­bic me­tres of rubbish were re­moved from the Cannonvale fore­shore ear­lier this month.

Land­care co-or­di­na­tor, Jac­quie Sheils, said the re­cent record high tides dur­ing Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Dy­lan had left the fore­shore veg­e­ta­tion full of de­bris, in­clud­ing lots of buoy­ancy foam from boats, old bot­tles, boat de­bris and a Bi-Lo shop­ping trol­ley, which ap­peared to have been there for a long time.

The clean-up was part of a three-year reveg­e­ta­tion project, sup­ported by a Queens­land Govern­ment Ev­ery­one’s En­vi­ron­ment Grant. It started in 2013 with the re­moval of de­clared weeds and gar­den es­capees and is now up to the plant­ing stage, us­ing plants from the Whit- sun­day Catch­ment Land­care vol­un­teer nurs­ery.

Land­care vol­un­teers col­lected seeds from suit­able plants in the lo­cal area, raised the seedlings at the Land­care Com­mu­nity Nurs­ery, and are now plant­ing them on the site.

Ms Sheils said the project would help con­trol weeds and re­place them with lo­cal na­tive species that would sta­bilise the top of the beach, en­hance the ap­pear­ance of the fore­shore and pro­vide habi­tat for lo­cal wildlife.

An­other plant­ing day will be held on the site on Thurs­day Fe­bru­ary 27, start­ing at 7am. Vol­un­teers are asked to meet un­der the trees past the play­ground at the end of the beach.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Whit­sun­day Catch­ment Land­care on 4945 0267 or email co­or­di­na­tor@whit­sun­day­land­care.org.au.

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