Stirling conservation group pledges to protect fragile coastline

Cr Karen Caddy, Adeline Morrissey (Perth NRM), Tim McCabe (Natural Areas Trades Person), Rae Kolb and Walter Kolb, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare project have just received a $48,980 grant to restore the foreshore coastline from Trigg to Scarborough. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Cr Karen Caddy, Adeline Morrissey (Perth NRM), Tim McCabe (Natural Areas Trades Person), Rae Kolb and Walter Kolb, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare project have just received a $48,980 grant to restore the foreshore coastline from Trigg to Scarborough. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

A COMMUNITY conservation group will begin a project to protect fragile coastline from South Trigg to North Scarborough threatened by erosion, invasive weeds and loss of natural habitats.

The Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare’s (SNEC) three-year project involves weed management, targeted planting of native species and has received an initial $48,980 grant from the state government.

The group will be required to reapply for funding for the next two years of the project.

SNEC convener Rae Kolb said the project would work to restore and protect the biodiversity of the “dynamic” coastline.

“Because so much has been cleared for residential infrastructure we need to preserve what we have left especially because this area is the only link between all the ecological communities (on the coast),” she said.

“I love the beach; most of the people in our group have a close association with the beach and love the idea of having it looking healthy so that people can enjoy it.

“It’s really important because as you can see we have a continual parade of people enjoying the coastline and they should see good quality coastal vegetation.”

Over the past 10 years, SNEC with assistance from the City of Stirling has undertaken significant coastal restoration works along a 6.5 km stretch of the coast and restored the majority of a section from Trigg Point to Waterman’s Bay.

The group has also reduced and eradicated harmful weed species in some areas.

A City spokeswoman said the City’s total contribution to the overall project was $194,160.