The City of Wanneroo has received a $45,000 grant to help repair and stabilise coastal dunes at the South Mindarie Foreshore.
Deputy Mayor Tracey Roberts welcomed the Coastwest grant, which will cover almost half the cost of the extensive project.
“If the dune erosion is not addressed vegetation will continue to be lost, resulting in further loss of habitat at this site, as well as impeding beach access,” Cr Roberts said.
“The City of Wanneroo is extremely pleased the South Mindarie dune restoration was one of 26 conservation projects selected for the 2011 Coastwest grants, so that we can maintain our pristine coastline for the benefit our residents for years to come.”
In recent years the frontal dune system at Long Beach has suffered from wind erosion due to off-road vehicles, sand-boarding and pedestrians. Erosion has led to the sand being redeposited and burying existing vegetation.
The $100,000 restoration project will include installation of windbreak fencing, matting and brushing to prevent further erosion, weed control and revegetation with local endemic coastal plants.
The City of Wanneroo will also receive a helping hand from the local community for this project, with the Quinns Rocks Environmental Group assisting with seed collection. A
community planting event will also be held on National Tree Day at the site.
Preparation work will begin this winter with the majority of works, including the community planting day, planned for winter 2012.
The 2011 Coastwest grants attracted 53 applications, and are funded through a partnership between the Western Australian Planning Commission and the Federal Government’s Caring for our Country.