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Project to protect Windmills surf break

Geraldton carnation. Photo - Parks and Wildlife
Geraldton carnation. Photo - Parks and Wildlife

A project is underway to remove an infestation of weeds and prevent erosion at the access track to the popular Windmills surf break near Cape Naturaliste.

The project is a partnership between community group Dunsborough Coast and Land Care and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Volunteers recently removed enough Geraldton carnation and double-gee weeds from the two-hectare infestation in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to fill 42 garbage bags.

Parks and Wildlife nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said it was believed the weeds were accidentally introduced to the national park by visitors carrying the seed on their shoes or cars from other locations where the weeds are prevalent.

“Parks and Wildlife is urging visitors to the national park to ensure their vehicles and shoes are clean prior to entry, especially if they have recently visited other areas where weeds are present,” Mr Lullfitz said.

“Once another round of weed control has been undertaken this autumn, local native plant seedlings will be planted to rehabilitate the degraded area where the weeds previously dominated.”

Mr Lullfitz said the joint project also includes the installation of box steps and improved drainage to prevent erosion on the beach access track.

“Box steps have been installed and have stopped the erosion that was forming as a result of poor surface water management and increased foot traffic,” he said.

“The next step in the site’s improvement is to stabilise the track and install drainage by re-forming the existing track with hard-packed limestone, which will direct water off the sides of the track and stop the track from eroding.”

The project has been made possible with assistance from volunteers, Dunsborough Coast and Land Care, the Southwest Catchments Council, Yallingup Land Conservation District Committee, the Cape to Cape Catchments Group and a State Government Coastwest grant.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:32