Veg­e­ta­tion work vi­tal to fore­shore

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Danielle Ford [email protected]­

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.

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