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Coastal Community Engagement

This project is aimed at building community Natural Resource Management skills, knowledge and engagement in coastal environments from Binninup to Walpole. It is dedicated to raising community awareness and increasing the protection and management of our South West coasts.

The project works in collaboration with coastal communities, local governments and government agencies and continues to build on community capabilities developed through participation in past and current projects.

This project supports those stakeholders and enables them to continue their contributions to coastal zone management along the South West coastal strip.

During 2015-16, over 9,000 seedlings were planted, revegetating an area of 3.87 hectares over eighteen on-ground sites from Binningup to Walpole. An extra 0.358ha of new revegetation and an extra 0.06ha of infill revegetation was completed with partner groups who supplied the plants.

Coir logs, brushing and wind fencing were used to treat almost 0.8 hectares of dune erosion at multiple sites. All this work has been done by community groups and volunteers, who also collected 0.38 tonnes (2.5m3) of marine debris over 28 hectares of beaches.

There was also 2.2ha of weed control and 0.91ha of pest animal control. The pest animal species targeted was the Italian snail, Thebapisana. This work took place at the mouth of the Walpole inlet where participants collected 850 snails during this work event, with 15,000 collected so far this year by all groups.

There were 44 community engagement activities and events held to build capacity and raise awareness of coastal values and challenges. These included workshops, coastal displays and activities involving 19 community groups and schools.

Some 12 Aboriginal participants and 7 land managers were also engaged and supported through the project. In total, 1,143 volunteers contributed 2,500 hours of their time to participate in coastal activities. This in-kind contribution is worth more than $45,000, illustrating just how important volunteers are to coastal zone management.

“A short note just to let you know that I thought you and Jen did a great job at yesterday’s workshop. It was clear, concise, informative and a good balance between theory and practice, and enjoyable to boot!.”
Jim Lane, Principal Research Scientist, Science & Conservation Division, Department of Parks and Wildlife (feedback on a photo-monitoring workshop held in partnership between City of Busselton and SWCC).

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

In 2015/16 the project facilitated works in eight of the ten top priority areas identified in the Coastal Action Plan (CAP) developed for the South West Region in 2015.

The CAP will continue to be used to prioritise locations for future on-ground works and other critical activities required across the South West Region coastal zone to value add to this work.

Over the next year, on-ground activities will consolidate work at several existing sites, to boost the capacity of the groups involved and improve the outcomes of past project work. This will involve further work with local community groups and stakeholders to undertake planting days, dune brushing, marine debris clean-ups, wind-fencing and meetings to discuss management of the coastline.

FUN FACT

The average plastic bag is used for about 12 minutes but can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.

 

COMMITMENT
10 community participation and engagement events
22%
ACHIEVEMENT
44 community participation and engagement events
100%

COMMITMENT
1 erosion control structure installed
100%
ACHIEVEMENT
1 erosion structure installed
100%

Project Manager

Jen Mitchell

Key Partners

  • Augusta Coastal Group
  • Friends of Redgate