PRE­STON BEACH PLANTING DAY

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SEA TO SCARP -

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.

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