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Funds help coastal battle

THE continuing battle to restore coastal vegetation between Sandon and Wooli and fight erosion has been given a welcome funding boost.

A grant of $12,520 has been awarded to the Yuraygir Landcare group in partnership with the council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service through the Federal Government's Caring for our Country scheme.

Yuraygir Landcare co-ordinator Dennis Milne said the funding boost would help his organisation continue its valuable work of removing weeds and planting native species along the foreshore between Sandon and Wooli - something the group has been doing for the past 15 years.

"Minnie Water is a small community of mainly retired residents and these grants help engagement of contractors to assist the group complete parts of the project which is beyond their capacity," Mr Milne said.

"National Parks and Wildlife Service, Clarence Valley Council, Yuraygir Landcare and Sandon to Wooli Community Nursery will all be directly involved in planning, considering best practice and supervising the on-ground work."

Clarence Valley Council general manager Scott Greensill said the planting of native species along the foreshore would help combat coastal erosion by helping to accumulate wind-blown sand, increasing the volume of sand on the beach and also helping to reduce further erosion.

"Planting on the frontal dune will trap and retain wind-blown sand, allowing the roots to help hold the sand," Mr Greensill said.

"The woodland species - especially banksias - are an important seasonal food and shelter species for birds and animal species. The rainforest species are also an important food source. Increasing canopy cover will help prevent some weeds from germinating, thus serving as weed control."

Mr Milne said not only was the planting of native species along the beaches helping to fight coastal erosion, it also provided extra shelter and food for native animals.

Anyone interested in joining the Yuraygir Landcare group can contact Mr Milne on 66 497 993.

Topics:  coastal vegetation, erosion, funding, grafton


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