Goolwa Coast Care

Projects

We run regular working bees for key sites to continually protect, extend and manage the biodiversity of the Goolwa coastline.

One of our most visually prominent projects of late has been the replanting of pre-european vegetation communities next to the Fleurieu bikway between Newell Avenue Middleton to Goolwa Beach through previously cleared land that was previously heavily infested with Kikuyu and couch. A group of hard working volunteers continue to restore this area planting and guarding the seedlings and undertaking weed control and site maintenance.

Funding from the Australian Government and the Departnement of PLanning, Transport and Infrastructure has allowed fo more than 10,000 local native coastal species (specific to the plant communities that were there in the past) to be grown and planted through the site according to a detailed plan.

Various local schools are involved on the site to help with planting including the local Goolwa Primary school, Waldorf School Willunga and Investigator College and has provided them with an insight into the issues and actions they can consider when coming into contact with the Coast and Marine environment. The revegetation site buffers a significant coastal reserve known as Tokuremoar reserve, with ancient tea trees more than 500 years old and areas of saltmarsh swamp that provide ideal habitat for numerous bird species, including feeding and perching habitat for the critically endangered Orange-bellied parrot.

Funding and support has also been provided by the Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association(GWLAP) through their Coastal Project Officer to coordinate working bees, purchase materials, access funding grants and provide general support.

Currently we have two main grants which have been funded by Natural Resources Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges to the total of $10,000 to address key threats to the Goolwa Dunes and Tokuremoar Reserve and will primarily be undertaking priority weed control in line with key priorities and plans. Goolwa Coastcare and the GWLAP will be contributing significant in-kind to these investments through regualr working bees