Coastal Community Engagement
This project is aimed at the building of natural resource management community skills, knowledge and engagement in coastal environments.
It is dedicated to increasing community awareness and understanding of South West coastal natural resources and involves two collaborative approaches. One is to engage Aboriginal peoples in natural resource management and the other is to strategically engage coastal communities and continue to build on their capabilities developed through participation in past and current projects. This will enable them to continue contributing to coastal zone management within this South West coastal strip.
Through capacity building, education, awareness raising and partnerships, the coastal community was supported and encouraged to embrace coastal natural resource management projects and succeed in achieving on- ground outcomes in their area. The community gained a better understanding of coastal zone management and developed an increased appreciation and ownership of the coastal issues facing them. This will result in positive behaviour change and a willingness to partner with other groups within their communities in caring for the coast. The project also aimed to increase interest and uptake in coastal projects by aboriginal people and to become actively involved with other groups in their communities to rehabilitate degraded coastal areas and help manage the coast to minimise further damage and degradation.
The project has seen 35 ha of beach cleaned, 5960 seedlings planted, 2.9 ha of land brushed and planted by over 700 volunteers. There are currently 12 on ground sites from Walpole to Preston beach and around the South West, 27 capacity building events, public displays at schools, festivals and workshops were attended and supported.
Over the next year most on ground work projects will continue at the same sites. This will involve engaging the local community groups to join in on planting days, dune brushing, marine debris clean-ups,wind fencing dune blowouts and meeting to discuss management of their coastlines.Some projects will move into the next phase of their rehabilitation. Where coastal wind erosion fencing has been installed, local provenance seed will be collected and then seedlings grown for later planting of the site. Where no coir logs have been positioned to moderate wind and sun exposure, logs will be installed and tree guards as well to test the effectiveness of these protective measures on seedling success. Work at the mouth of the Five Mile Brook in Capel, Broke Inlet on the south coast and at Walpole with Marine Parks are all exciting new and developing projects with new partnerships.
10 adult volunteers engaged
112 adult volunteers engaged