Australian Landcare award winner West Coastcare making a difference

West Coastcare project manager Penny Stewart with Marmion Primary School students Jake |Edwards and Lily O'Sullivan.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie         www.communitypix.com.au   d443416
West Coastcare project manager Penny Stewart with Marmion Primary School students Jake |Edwards and Lily O'Sullivan. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d443416

CONSERVATION group West Coastcare is a finalist in this year’s Australian Landcare Awards.

The group has worked on a replanting project at Mettam’s Pool in North Beach for the past seven years.

Project manager Penny Stewart said she was grateful for the support of the community, the City of Stirling and Marmion Primary School.

“As a Watermans Bay resident of 35 years, it’s a wonderful experience to give something back which we know is of benefit to the community,” Ms Stewart said.

“As a former student of Marmion primary, and having had two sons there, it is fantastic to still be connected to such an outstanding school and to be involved with a project that engages the local community.”

Ms Stewart said a group of educators who wanted to have a sustainable environmental program that benefited the local community started West Coastcare seven years ago.

“The focus of our group is to educate and involve children and members of the community to become aware of the fragility of the biodiversity of the coastline in which we live and to invite them to be part of the solution by revegetating the dunes,” she said.

“Over seven years, West Coastcare, with help from 100 volunteers and 250 students, has replanted 18,000 plants.”

The Australia-wide Landcare Awards recognise community groups for outstanding contributions to local coastal and marine environments.

Award winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 22.