Dunes get replanted in Alkimos

The City of Wanneroo is holding a winter planting event in Two Rocks on Sunday. (File picture)
The City of Wanneroo is holding a winter planting event in Two Rocks on Sunday. (File picture)

TRACKS from illegal off-road driving and areas damaged by wind erosion in Alkimos are now planting sites.

Developers have planted more than 50,000 native plants in 3ha of foreshore dunes in the Alkimos Beach estate.

According to development partners LandCorp and Lendlease, the planting was the first stage of rehabilitation works planned for the 47ha foreshore.

WA communities business general manager Anthony Rowbottam said most of the foreshore was retained for conservation and rehabilitation.

“The dunes are essentially in good condition; we’re mainly repairing areas affected by illegal vehicle movement and the resulting wind erosion,” he said.

“As we close off and repair existing informal tracks, they will be replaced by a formally constructed, safe, vehicle beach access road along with pedestrian and emergency vehicle access tracks.”

Mr Rowbottam also said the works would boost the existing black cockatoo habitat areas.

“In those areas, key plants that the cockatoos like to forage in will complement the existing tuart trees along with other plant species that grow naturally in the low coastal dune environment,” he said.

They expect to plant at least another 40,000 plants over the next five years.