PRESTON BEACH PLANTING DAY
The Shire, in partnership with the Preston Beach Progress Association, were again successful in securing funding from the Western Australian Planning Commission’s Coastwest program for the Preston Beach Dune Restoration Project. The funding supported dune brushing and planting activities that assist in preventing 4WD access to the established foredunes, stabilising dune blowouts and reducing the impacts of erosion. Stockpiled native green waste was again re-used as brushing to rehabilitate eroded dunes both north and south of the carpark. The annual planting day was held on the 13th June, with the year 7 and 8 Bush Rangers from Waroona District High School attending. The students were successful in planting 500 seedlings in the dunes north of the Preston Beach carpark and the dunes west of the northern beach access track. The day finished with a sausage sizzle and a visit from the emergency volunteer fire fighters and the local police. Fortunately, all arrested students were released back into the care of their teachers. Since 2011, the success of the project has been attributed to the participation of key local community members and external funding. Therefore, the Shire would like to thank the officers at the Department of Planning for their assistance with the Coastwest grant, as well as the Preston Beach Progress Association, Preston Beach Volunteer Rangers and the Waroona District High School for their ongoing support and participation in this fun and environmentally sensitive project.