The Coast Gets Greener

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Land management high school students from Whyalla and Port Augusta have been busy making Whyalla's coastline healthier and greener.

Land management high school students from Whyalla and Port Augusta have been busy making Whyalla's coastline healthier and greener in recent months, with the help and guidance of Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula.

The students have been gaining experience and knowledge about revegetation and propagation as part of their studies - and our local coastline has benefitted.

From Whyalla foreshore down to Cowled’s Landing, over 400 plants have been planted to boost the biodiversity and health of our precious coast.

Natural Resources Officer Kate Brocklehurst said we have been helping Career Employment Group run their classes for the last few months, giving hands on teaching experiences as well as improving the local area.

“All species planted are native to the local area and will improve beach stability and biodiversity as well as revegetate some old tracks," Ms Brocklehurst said.

As well as revegetating run down areas, the students also took cuttings of native plants and propagated them - ready to be re planted elsewhere in the future.

"This method is a great way to ensure success,” Ms Brocklehurst said.

“We know the plants thrive in this environment because they have been established here for many years.

“Using cuttings is a way of including species that are difficult to grow from seed and have the best chance of survival.”

For more information on the work natural resources visit the Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula website or contact Kate Brocklehurst on 0488 000 481.

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