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Join the community planting day at Blue Bay

News release
08 June 2016

Forming part of the spectacular southern Yorke Peninsula coastline, the dunes at Blue Bay are the perfect place to spend a few hours helping to protect the environment and cultural heritage.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke, together with Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation are inviting volunteers to help protect key cultural heritage sites for the Narungga people at a community planting day on Wednesday 29th June.

Revegetating the area will add value to the work being undertaken by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke to protect the environment and a number of culturally significant sites in the Daly Heads area.

Natural Resources Northern and Yorke Community Ranger Rebecca Brown said "The coastal habitat is extremely fragile and sensitive to disturbance; once it has been damaged the dune system is vulnerable to weed infestations and erosion.

"Revegetating the area will help to stabilise the dunes and prevent further disturbance to the existing vegetation," she said.

Nearby areas where the vegetation is healthy support a good number of bird species including several species of honeyeaters and wrens.

Ms Brown said that planting coastal native species such as Coastal Daisy Bush Olearia axillaris, Drooping Sheoak Allocasuarina verticillata and Coastal Cushion Bush Leucophyta brownii in these areas provides extra habitat for birds and reduces the risk of erosion.

"Putting these measures in place will offer protection to cultural sites and reduce the human impact on the delicate coastal ecosystem.

"With the support of the community and volunteers, our coastal habitats can thrive as a natural resource to be used and enjoyed by all," Ms Brown said.

Working closely with the Yorke Peninsula Council, infrastructure has been installed to enhance and protect the dunes.

Ms Brown said that access to the beach had been improved with the construction of a walkway and staircase.

The community planting day will run from 11am to 3.30pm, with lunch provided. For further information and to RSVP, please contact Rebecca at Natural Resources Northern and Yorke on 8821 4672.

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Jessica.Henderson@sa.gov.au