Supporting Coastcare Groups

Nature Conservation supports coastcare groups who undertake on ground environmental management and rehabilitation action. We provide advice, funding assistance where possible, loan equipment and assist with promotion of activities. Nature Conservation currently supports the Margaret River Coastal Residents Association with their work on the Prevelly/Gnarabup dunes, the Friends of Redgate Beach and the Friends of Gracetown.

Nature Conservation participates regularly in CoastSwap Forums with other groups working in the coastal environment. The Forums allow groups to share information, coordinate activities and plan partnership projects.

Coastwest funding supports continued work on the Gnarabup to Prevelly Coast

Significant coastal rehabilitation has been achieved over the past 12 months on the coast strip at Gnarabup/Prevelly through a continuing partnership between Nature Conservation, Augusta Margaret River Shire and Margaret River Coastal Residents Association volunteers with the help of Coastwest funding. A twelve month Coastwest grant of $14,175 has supported volunteers, controlled pyp grass infestations and undertaken erosion control activities to protect the fragile coastal ecosystem between the Margaret River mouth at Prevelly to Gas Bay south of Gnarabup.

302 volunteer hours have contributed to the project with the dedicated Margaret River Coastal Residents Association volunteers working weekly on Thursday mornings. One community brushing session was also held at the Rivermouth with 25 adults and loads of children contributing to brushing activities. Volunteer activities over the project have including weed control targeting onion weed, sea spurge purple groundsel and yellow pigface, brushing to control erosion at 4 sites and significant transplantation of pigface throughout the dunes.

Two rounds of commercial pyp grass control on the dunes between Gnarabup and the Rivermouth were achieved through the project. This invasive weed dominated many parts of the dunes following the November 2011 Margaret River fires. A coordinated program of control over the past 6 years across the dunes has reduced the problem to a level that is now manageable by Shire annual weed control programs. A significant area of pyp grass still exists on the dunes at the rivermouth. Work has been undertaken to ensure this infestation doesn’t spread further, however its control and regeneration of the site will require additional funding.

The project also funded erosion control activities including the installation a temporary access and erosion control fence for the summer months and contributed towards the installation of 55 m of access fencing at the Gnarabup lookout.

Thanks to the Coastwest Grants Program, Shire of Augusta Margaret River and Margaret River Coastal Residents Association volunteers for making this such a successful project.