Plantings and seeding work has been undertaken by Byron Shire Council recently in the New Brighton dunes following beach scraping works earlier this year.
Visitors and locals are being reminded to stick to the formal beach access paths to avoid trampling new plantings and damaging the dunes.
‘It takes time and a huge community effort to regenerate coastal dunes and so we’re reminding everyone to respect the dune environment while they’re out and about enjoying our beautiful beaches,’ Council’s Coastal Biodiversity Coordinator Chloe Dowsett said.
Council recently engaged Bushland Restoration to undertake planting and seeding work that consisted of collecting plant material such as Spinifex, Goats Foot and Pigface cuttings and planting across the entire 1.3km length of the New Brighton dune.
‘The establishment of vegetation in a dune system helps to keep the dune intact and aids in combating coastal hazards and storms,’ pointed out Ms Dowsett.
‘We want to ensure that all this hard work and effort is not undone by beach users trampling new plants, dumping garden waste or introducing invasive weeds on their shoes.’