Lancelin: dune ‘brushing’ event a chance for residents to dispose of unwanted loppings


Shire of Gingin operations-construction crew demonstrating brushing of the dunes.
Shire of Gingin operations-construction crew demonstrating brushing of the dunes.

LANCELIN residents can dispose of unwanted plant loppings at a ‘brushing’ event to protect dunes from wind erosion.

The Shire of Gingin, in partnership with the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC) and local community, will host a community information and action day on January 19.

Participants will meet at Edward Island Point for ‘brushing’ of dunes by putting plant loppings and cuttings on the sand to help remediate the effects of wind erosion.

Shire President Sam Collard said the process slowed down erosion by trapping windborne sand in the brush, helped decrease evaporation by bringing moisture levels closer to the soil surface, and deterred pedestrian and vehicle traffic from the rehabilitation area.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for local community members to get rid of their unwanted plant loppings, and learn how they can stabilise the foredune area and prevent further erosion,” he said.

“Brushing has been previously undertaken locally at Ledge Point, and widely across WA.”

The January 19 event starts 10am and will include education on the process of brushing as well as an opportunity for participants to provide and lay their own brush on the dunes.

To register to attend, call the Shire on 9575 2211 (extension 7) or email opsec@gingin.wa.gov.au.

For more information on what is acceptable brush, visit coastswap.org.au/casestudies.