The new project
Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers’ new project for 2012 is a badly degraded foredune at the north end of Cottesloe main beach, opposite Napier Street. The site is at present characterised by erosion, loss of local vegetation and weed invasion, made worse by significant human pressures.
After a successful funding application to Coastwest for nearly $35,000 and in partnership with The Town of Cottesloe we will work to greatly improve the recreational, environmental and aesthetic values of the area.
The area of dune between the two pathways is at present almost entirely covered by invasive species with very little native vegetation present. In addition to this, the previous existence of a stormwater drainage pipe in the area has caused significant erosion and a minor sand blow out. Town of Cottesloe has removed this pipe and eliminated any stormwater run-off to the area by installing a soak pit; however, the surrounding area is in need of rehabilitation to prevent further erosion.
60% of the Coastwest grant will pay for the installation of timber staircases and the remaining 40% will be spent on fencing upgrades, weed eradication and the reintroduction of native coastal vegetation. Cottesloe Coastcare volunteers have committed $15,000 of volunteer labour to the 18 month project to plant 4000 local provenance plants. CCA volunteers will be on the lookout for some extra help with the project!
The present 3-wire fencing at the westernmost side of the dune will be upgraded, which we hope will discourage people further damaging this fragile area and allow the dune to naturally rebuild. The two access pathways to the beach which were unstable and erosive will be formalised with timber steps.