The groups recent AGM delivered some great outcomes, new volunteers and fresh ideas were shared along over a cup of hot tea and some delicious cake.
Moving forward the group will be focussing their efforts around 2 main project ideas that were shared at the AGM. A planning discussion lead by group President Debbie Oakley identified the groups interest and intent to work on the sea spurge that is invading the beach dunes systems and in the denuded cliff bowl opposite the Maritime Museum.
Over the past few years the main beach has been invaded by the highly invasive sea spurge. Sea spurge is a highly toxic coastal weed that displaces natural flora. Infestations not only reduce public amenity but also the natural shape and structure of beaches and dunes. This type of damage has the potential to impact cultural heritage values and also has an adverse effect on the nesting habitat of a range of threatened shorebirds. Controlling this weed will be a challenge, but with the help of the Glenelg Shire Council and the local Re engagement Centre the group is feeling confident that they have this in the bag.
To effectively control the sea spurge an integrated approach is required. Volunteer efforts will concentrate on the removal of sea spurge by hand, The Cliffs groups efforts will be centred around removing the sea spurge from the established indigenous plants. A partnership with the Glenelg Shire Council will deliver the organic chemical spraying of the free standing sea spurge plants in and amongst the local indigenous flora.
A second partnership with the Re engagement has recently been secured This partnership will help to support the group with their second project area.
If you are interested in joining the group or would like to come along and lend a hand, check out the events section of our webpage for opportunities to volunteer with us.
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