ISLAND VISIT: Shelley McArdle and Patrick Doherty on North Keppel Island last month.
ISLAND VISIT: Shelley McArdle and Patrick Doherty on North Keppel Island last month. Malcolm Wells

Environmental project carries out regeneration work

LAST year, the local youth Group GenYadaba began a partnership with the North Keppel Island Environmental Education Centre, Marine Parks, Native Plants Capricornia, and Geofabrics to carry out revegetation and regeneration work on North Keppel Island.

This project was supported by Capricornia Catchments and Fitzroy Basin Association Inc. through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

The aim was to address some of the island's key threats to biodiversity by managing erosion, revegetating a section of the coastal fore-dune and controlling weed infestations.

To aid the re-vegetation process on the erosion-affected dunes, an ingenious new method was used to propagate new plants.

Coir logs were sourced from Geofabrics, who generously donated a number of them.

These were sown with fresh seed and seedlings, which were then grown in the nursery of the NKIEEC until they were ready to plant out.

On Friday, October 7, a team, consisting of Shelley McArdle from Capricornia Catchments, Morgan Ells and Robert Muir from GenYadaba, Patrick Doherty from St Brendan's Eco Warriors and Sebastian Brown, went to NKI to conclude the project.

They were helped in the task by members of staff at the education centre.

The logs were half buried in the sand, and pegged at a 45-degree angle to the wave and wind action.

This should provide protection for the plants as the logs help build up the sand to increase the resilience of the dunes and protect the fragile environment.



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