Thursday, July 16th, 2009
The City of Cockburn has scored a $20,024 Coastwest grant to assist with the rehabilitation of coastal dunes at CY O'Connor Beach.

With the assistance of Conservation Volunteers Australia, 0.9ha of coastal dunes will be targetted to rejuvenate areas affected by erosion, weed invasion and unauthorised access.

Coastwest grants, funded by the WA Planning Commission, provide resources to assist with coastal management, helping with community involvement and capacity-building for the future.

"Our coastal dune system is an important asset but a fragile one that needs proper care and attention to protect it for future generations," Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said.

"The City's Environmental Service team has been restoring native vegetation and controlling invasive weeds along the coastlines of CY O'Connor and Coogee Beach for the past several years.

"The Coastwest grant will assist with repairing and replacing fences, controlling non-native plant species and planting native vegetation, which will help to improve the biodiversity of this site.

"In turn, this will provide habitat and shelter for local animals including bobtail lizards, which are a common sight in the area.

"The CY O'Connor dunes also have Aboriginal and historical significance and, with the help of community volunteers, we can help to prevent further erosion.

"There will also be restoration works at Coogee Beach this year and in 2010."

The City of Cockburn and the south metropolitan arm of Coastcare recently hosted a community planting day at Coogee Beach with more than 20 volunteers lending a hand.

City of Cockburn Environmental Officer Linda Metz added: "Coastwest grants give the City an opportunity to expand on targetted works at these two key coastal locations.

"Restoring native vegetation provides habitat and shelter for local native animals and helps to stabilise dune systems, reducing the impacts of erosion during storm events."

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The City of Cockburn celebrates its 30th birthday in 2009, regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 80,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.

CY O'Connor project site.jpg: A $20,000 Coastwest grant to the City of Cockburn will help to rejuvenate coastal dunes at CY O’Connor Beach.
Chris Thomas
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$20,000 grant to help coastal dunes


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