When it rains, it pours… and we’re not complaining!

Over this wild winter, the Perth NRM Coastal & Marine and Adopt-A-Beach Program coordinated over 65 planting events with local coastcare groups, LGAs, schools and corporate sponsors. 

More than 32,000 local provenance seedlings were planted within dunes across the Perth Metro Region, all of which were grown in local nurseries. 

Many of these planting events would not be possible without the driving force of coastcare volunteers, including Kennedy Bay Coastcare, Singleton Coastcare, Golden Bay Progress Association, Kwinana Beach Coastcare, Cockburn Coastcare, Friends of Freo Beaches, Cambridge Coastcare, Stirling Natural Environment Coastcare, Mullalloo Beach Community Group and Quinns Rocks Environmental Group.

Perth NRM would also like to make special mention of the Shah Satnam Ji Green S Welfare Force Wing (also known as the ‘Green S Force’), attending six planting days, bringing their dedication and passion for humanity and the environment. 

Volunteers working and planted trees; photos: Perth NRM

“This is a huge achievement that would not have been possible without volunteers and sponsors supporting our Program,” says Coastal & Marine Program Coordinator Vanessa McGuiness. 

“Our coastline is facing many challenges, including  coastal erosion. Natural management solutions like planting and brushing, protect our dunes from high impact storms such as the ones we’ve seen this year.” 

The Perth NRM team thank all the individuals and partner organisations for their support in making these coastal planting days successful, including our Universities and Corporate sponsors Alcoa, BP, proAlliance, Sims Metal, Tronox, and the Kwinana Industries Council. 

A warm thank you to the local governments who contribute to the Program.

Northern Metro

  • City of Wanneroo
  • City of Joondalup
  • City of Stirling
  • Town of Cambridge

Southern Metro

  • City of Fremantle
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Kwinana (co-host)
  • City of Rockingham

Perth NRM’s Adopt A Beach program, funded by the Feilman Foundation, led more than 30 groups of young people in educational and on-ground work this season, contributing to this great result. 

Perth NRM would also like to acknowledge outgoing Coastal & Marine Program Coordinator Hannah Gulliver for the exceptional enthusiasm and creativity she brought to the Program over the last two years. 

Hannah’s passion will be missed by many, and Perth NRM wishes her the best in her future endeavours. 

Story supplied by Perth NRM.

Top photo of volunteers supplied by Perth NRM.