Signs up to help species in danger
THE final steps in a three-year project to protect three endangered ecological communities in the Clarence Valley culminated last week, with the official unveiling of the new outdoor signage for Yamba’s Hickey Island, Minnie Water and Wooli.
Endangered species at all three sites were at risk of being erased by vehicle over-use and weeds, and in 2008 Clarence Valley Council obtained a $75,000 NSW Environmental Trust Grant to help protect these coastal areas.
The South Australian Marine Discovery Centre made the signs, with the help of artist Alison Harvey, that depict the cultural and environmental significance of each area.
The centre’s director Tim Hoile said the signs were a great way to permanently showcase the project’s extensive work.
“Community education and signage is really important in letting people know how they can be involved in looking after and protecting these endangered communities,” Mr Hoile said.
Minnie Water Headland: Protection of threatened grass from vehicle over-use and cliff erosion.
Wooli: Managing vehicles from impacting on endangered saltmarsh communities along Wooli River and its important marine habitat.
Hickey Island, Yamba: Constructing bollards to restrict vehicle access and to encourage visitors to walk along its main track.