Trees for habitat planting across Eyre Peninsula
Tree planting is in full swing across Eyre Peninsula as students and community members work with Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula (NREP) to get tubestock in the ground.
The Whyalla Swimming Team has already planted more than 50 native saltbush plants in the Point Lowly sand dunes.
NREP Officer, Kate Brocklehurst said the dunes have been slowly restoring themselves with the help of local volunteers, after being damaged by vehicle access.
"Sand dunes play an important role in protecting our coastline from the sometimes harsh weather conditions, they absorb a lot of the energy from king tides which would otherwise do a lot of damage to land and property further in land,” Ms Brocklehurst said.
“Sand dunes are also home to many of our native plant and animal species, some only like to live in sand dunes so it’s important that we protect and preserve them.”
NREP Officer, Tayla Bowden said Port Kenny School students and community members are aiming to plant 200 native plant tubestock on Friday in Venus Bay Conservation Park as part of an Australian Government funded Targeted Areas Grant.
“We’re going to bring students right back the beginning of the tree growing cycle with an Introduction to Seed Propagation session, which my colleague Ollanta Lipcer has organised with locals Simon and Vicki, from Garden of Eden Revegetation.” Ms Bowden said.
On Lower Eastern Eyre Peninsula NREP Officer, Geraldine Turner reports great community involvement in targeting plantings to protect the coastline.
“Next week the Thuruna Uniting Church Camp will be planting 300 native seedlings on the coastal reserve and the Ungarra Primary School is also getting ready to plant 300 coastal plants at Lipson Cove in important revegetation areas,” Ms Turner said.