23 February 2021
A project aimed at re-establishing and enhancing the coastal dune systems is well underway across the Shire.
Stage 1 is now complete and included the installation of fencing at Pambula Beach, revegetation and the installation of fencing at Tathra Beach, and weed control and revegetation at Beares Beach, Camel Rock Beach and Cuttagee Beach.
Approximately 1000 grasses, ground covers, shrubs and trees were planted in Stage 1, with all of these germinated locally from seeds collected along the Bega Valley coastline.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Coastal Management Officer, Rachel Duczynski, said our coastline is renowned for having some of the most natural and intact coastal ecosystems in New South Wales.
“Dune systems are essential for coastline protection and play an important role in helping our beaches cope with the impacts of storm surges and sea level rise, as well as providing habitat for a range of fauna,” Ms Duczynski said.
“As the land managers, Council has a critical role to play in maintaining the dune systems, while also providing appropriate access and recreational opportunities for the community.
“Through minimising weed intrusion and reducing informal access tracks, the dunes will be strengthened and help maintain our beautiful coastline.”
The second stage of the project will be commencing soon at Aslings Beach, Horseshoe Bay, Jiguma Beach and Merimbula Main Beach, with follow up works planned for Pambula Beach, Beares Beach, Camel Rock and Cuttagee.
This project was supported with $40,000 from the NSW Government’s Coastal and Estuary Management Grant Program and continues the rehabilitation of our coastal dunes following the 2016 East Coast Low storm event.
For more information on the project, visit the project page on Council’s website.