Vegetation work vital to foreshore
SPENDING the morning at the beach sounds like a breeze, but for a dedicated Alexandra Headland group, it’s a lot of hard work.
The Alexandra Headland Foreshore Conservation Group has spent the year weeding, planting and maintaining the vegetation along the headland to ensure it is in tip-top condition.
Coordinator Mario Barbagallo, who was part of the founding committee, said while it’s tedious work, it’s also vital work.
“Really it’s a very boring thing, we just plant trees and pull weeds, but I just think it’s so damn important,” he said.
“Most people look at it and think ‘If it’s green it’s okay’ but there is so much work that goes into making sure the right vegetation is there that will help protect the sand dunes.”
The group, which is a sub-committee of the Alexandra Headland Community Association, started about five years ago and has since planted more than 1000 plants to help support the foreshore.
“We planted about a couple of hundred beach bean trees just last week and we’ve got probably another 400-500 of them ready to go once we get to the other side of Christmas,” Mr Barbagallo said.
The group is part of council’s Community Nature Conservation Program, which supports the community to conserve and restore our natural bushland in council’s environment reserves.
“Our volunteer program is a great way to meet new people, stay healthy and active, learn new skills and connect with nature while doing something good for the environment,” a council spokeswoman said.
For more information, search Community Nature Conservation Program on council’s website.