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Help protect our coast

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Keeping our fragile coastal ecosystems healthy and vibrant preserves the unique natural beauty of Australia.

Since the 1970’s the many coastal regions of Australia have been regenerated from bare rock walls and flat sand to the diverse sand dunes and functioning ecosystems of today. Healthy meadows of sea grass reach out from the coast supporting further vibrant ecosystems under the water.

These natural assets and features of our local environment make Australian coastal areas a great place to live, work and play. However, being at the end of the cities drainage systems (that flow into the ocean) means that litter, cigarette butts and chemicals that people dispose of incorrectly will end up in our coastal ecosystems, beaches, dunes and ocean.

Beach erosion is a problem facing many parts of the east coast of Australia, including the Manning Valley where a loss of sand has accelerated in the past couple years due to major storms and other elements. Council is currently preparing a Coastline Management Plan, which will identify management options for the beaches from Black Head to Crowdy Head and include an assessment of their effectiveness in addressing coastal erosion and recession, their impact on coastal processes, and associated implications for foreshore residents and the community as a whole.

How to do it now!

There are many ways in which you can act to minimise our impact and help protect our coast:

  • Dispose of litter correctly (such as cigarette butts which contain chemicals that don’t break down).
  • Observe the signs that signify conservation areas
  • Where possible observe the vegetated dunes from the beach (as they are very fragile)
  • Refrain from using chemicals, cleaners, fertilisers in such a way that they can easily enter the storm water system when it rains.
  • Pick up after your dog as animal droppings are rich in nutrients that can pollute sensitive environments.

In addition, there are numerous ways you can contribute to the growing ecological health of our local coastal areas, beaches and ocean.

Plant coastal natives in your garden. By planting local coastal natives in coastal regions you are aligning your garden to local conditions and adding to the biodiversity of your local ecosystem.

Read Indigenous Plants of Greater Taree. Copies of the booklet are available free of charge from Council’s Strategic Planning  Department. The booklet can also be downloaded here, or by contacting Council’s Senior Environmental Planner on 6592 5248.

Join a Coastcare or Landcare group - Along the coast there are several community ‘care’ groups that may be within walking distance from your house.

Local community groups include:

  • Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority
  • Hallidays Point Landcare Group - Ph: 6559 3365   
  • Manning Coastcare - Ph: 6556 5099   
  • Wallabi Point Coastcare - Ph: 6553 7233
  • Old Bar Beach Sand Replenishment Group Inc.

Why is this action important?

Ecosystems and environments that support our life are under stress from the cumulative pressure of thousands of small impacts, a chemical here, a cigarette butt there. Some of our day-to-day decisions can either contribute to polluting our oceans, or contribute to conserving our oceans.