Perth Natural Resource Management Youth Planting Day looks to attract next generation of environmental crusaders


Perth NRM coastal and marine program manger Craig Wilson.
Perth NRM coastal and marine program manger Craig Wilson.

SOUTH Beach is popular among locals, albeit more for the ocean than any greenery surrounding it.

But local young people are urged to shift their focus from the water to the land at the Perth Natural Resource Management’s (NRM) Youth Planting Day next weekend.

Perth NRM coastal and marine program manager Craig Wilson said with the majority of regular environmental volunteers aged over 50, there was a real concern that critical conservation projects would stop unless young volunteers could be brought in.

“Most young people do care about global issues, particularly climate change, but are often frustrated about the lack of action,” he said.

“Events such as these are an excellent way for individuals to have a direct impact.

“They will improve the beach for themselves and others in the community to enjoy, whilst reducing the effects of climate change on the environment.”

Mr Wilson said they hoped to plant more than 1000 local native seedlings to help revegetate the beach, with Perth NRM also offering morning tea, lunch and a volleyball game.

The Youth Planting Day will be held on July 30 from 9am to 1pm at South Beach.

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