- Last updated:
- 19 Aug 2019
The Environment Levy funds $620,000 towards coastal foreshore restoration work every year. A big part of this funding goes towards tackling weeds, which have established in and across the region’s dunal systems. This work is improving the condition of dunal environments by reducing the extent of weeds and re- establishing native vegetation. Not only does this benefit our native flora and fauna, it creates healthy dunal systems which are more resilient to extreme weather events, and improves amenity and social values.
Over 120 hectares, across 10 coastal reserves, are managed for on-going weed management. Intensive dunal restoration work, including dune building, has been undertaken in hotspot areas identified through Sunshine Coast Shoreline Erosion and Management Plan (SEMP).
Foreshore areas which have responded well from intensive weed management include; Point Cartwright to Buddina foreshores, Mooloolaba Beach and Dicky Beach. In these particular areas council has been mainly targeting broad leaf pepper trees, asparagus fern and other exotic plant species found along our coastline, and planted 9,500 native plants this financial year.
Priority weed species which the restoration work focuses on include:
- Singapore daisy – Sphagneticola trilobata
- Asparagus fern – Asparagus aethiopicus
- Glory lily – Gloriosa superba
- Broad-leaved pepper tree – Schinus terebinthifolius
These weed species are not just limited to occurring on our coastal foreshores and are often found in coastal urban backyards. You can contribute by removing these weeds and disposing of them appropriately.
Where possible, the council involves the broader community in coastal management activities. These activities provide opportunities to restore dune vegetation, learn skills to identify weed species and to understand the importance of coastal foreshores. In 2013-14, over 15,000 native plants were established along the Maroochydore/Alexandra Headland Beach with the help of the community.
This ongoing commitment from the Environment Levy assists council in the delivery of its environmental strategies, including the Biodiversity Strategy 2010-2020, Waterways and Coastal Management Strategy 2011-2021 and the Sunshine Coast Local Government Area Pest Management Plan 2012-2016.
Article by Trudy Davidson