2019 Coca-Cola Foundation and Landcare Australia Coastal Protection Grants

In 2019, for the second year in a row the Coca-Cola Foundation and Landcare Australia Coastal Protection grants were awarded. Eight grants of up to $15,000 each were distributed to groups representing all states

The grant program sets out to engage community members from a range of demographics from school children to adults. Environmental, social and educational projects are undertaken through a variety of initiatives that are implemented by way of proactive planning and on-ground work facilitated by registered groups.

2019 Coca-Cola Foundation and Landcare Australia Coastal Protection Grant recipient project summaries

Northside Enterprise Incorporated – Bushlink, NSW                                                                                                 

Project: Bushlink at Dee Why and Freshwater Dunes

This project aims to continue to protect and improve the health of Dee Why Lagoon and Freshwater Dunes by carrying bush regeneration and litter collection on both sites.  It will assist the Friends of Dee Why Lagoon and Undercliff Reserve (adjacent to Freshwater Dunes) volunteer bush regeneration groups, and Northern Beaches Council in the overall dune management across the beaches. In particular, it will contribute to management and improvement of Dee Why Lagoon.  Another aim is to increase community awareness and engagement through organised field days and video sharing of on-site activities, which are well received in the group’s network.

The project is comprised of different actions to maximise the effect of overall recovery of the estuarine ecosystems. Actions include:

  • Weed controls over areas, primarily affected by Class II and III weeds – Groundset and Madeira Vine. Targeting these infestations (estimated 2.5ha) will remove the greatest threat to the wetlands and floodplains. Manual weeding (photo depicts current weed infestation) and herbicide use by contracted labour.
  • Two major community clean-up days to include the removal of marine debris from Doboy Wetlands, Aquarium Passage and Lytton Road focussing on litter and illegal dumping.
  • Engaging with and educating the community, including collaboration with local industry and business partners.

Friends of Federation Walk, QLD                                                                                                

Project: Federation Walk Restoration and Rehabilitation of Burnt Area

The project aims to revegetate an area that was severely damaged by fire in 2015. The site is important to linking planting areas and areas of natural vegetation to improve vegetative structure and diversity, and corridors of habitat. The objectives of the project include:

  • Improving structure and species diversity of the vegetation by planting suitable endemic trees;
  • Improving the health of the reserve and surrounding ocean and waterways through collecting litter;
  • Improving community awareness of litter and the importance of helping our coastal environment by hosting a Clean-up Australia Day event, a National Tree Day event and 4 community planting days;
  • Improve the profile and capacity of the Federation Walk community group to host and facilitate community activity events.

Goolwa Coastcare Group, SA                                                                                                     

Project: Reducing Marine Debris with the Coorong Community

The project will build on the group’s highly successful 2018 project by further engaging and educating 200 students and 20 teachers via 3 Schools Marine Debris Collection sessions, targeting new students. The group will also deliver eight Goolwa Coastcare working bees, collaborating with the local council, Ngarrindjeri traditional owners, Fleurieu Regional Waste and various community groups to pick up and reduce rubbish and undertake ecological restoration focussing on over 70ha (additional to phase 1) of the regionally significant Goolwa Dunes and Tokuremoar reserve conservation area.

The project will be delivered by the group coordinator and will incorporate learning from the first phase. Marine debris collected will be recorded using the Clean-Swell smartphone app and uploaded to the Ocean Conservancy global ocean trash database.

Hindmarsh Island Landcare Group, SA                                                                                           

Project:  Caring for the Murray Mouth Icon Site          

This project focuses multiple objectives, including the collection of marine and coastal debris (mainly soft plastics), some of which includes plastic plant guards from previous revegetation activities and increased human waste created by tourism.

Continuation of weed control will enhance existing vegetation and prepare sites for planting. Revegetation will be carried out on coastal dunes, beachfront and roadsides. All of the sites included in this application have a high public profile, allowing us to maximise opportunities for public education/community and local council awareness.

Friends of North Ocean Reef-Iluka Foreshore, WA                                                                          

Project: Rehabilitation of eroded coastline at Iluka

This project will help protect the coastal zone from weed invasion and enhance the area by removing the two invasive coastal weed species (sea-wheat and sea spurge) from the foreshore and adjacent areas at Iluka and where practical planting new seedlings with species indigenous to the area. After the first year the plants will be watered by volunteers.

Concurrent with any work sessions we will contribute to the reduction in marine litter by collecting litter from the beaches required to access the weeding sites and the sites themselves

Bellarine Catchment Network, VIC                                                                                        

Project: Bay Friendly Events

This project aims to protect bays in this area by creating waste management strategies for events that are held throughout the year adjacent to the coastline. Waste management strategies will be incorporated into “Bay Friendly Events”.  These strategies are aimed at helping event organisers to reduce the waste component generated by events and divert a target minimum of 50% of waste from landfill to recycling or compost. It is expected that this will equate to 2-3 tonnes diverted from landfill for each large event and mitigate litter from entering the adjacent beach and bay. This plan will be undertaken at the National Celtic Festival which runs over four days in June 2019 and has approximately 15,000 attendees. Foreshore and Beach areas will be cleaned and data recorded before and after the event.

Previous events hosted at this location have resulted in huge negative environmental impacts from waste blowing into the bay and being dumped on foreshore and beach areas adjacent; ending up as marine litter.

Friends of Bass Strait Islands, Wildcare Inc (FOBSI), TAS                                                          

Project: Roydon Island– Restoring the land to nurture the threatened

The goal for this project is to continue to rehabilitate Roydon Island and completely restore the island’s native habitats, and to maintain the restored landscape. The work falls under the Furneaux Island Boxthorn Control strategy, which details a proven, deliberate and safe boxthorn control program. As part of this work, two Roydon Island working bees will be scheduled for autumn 2019. The target amount of additional primary control expected is 1-1.5 ha per trip.

In addition, a complete marine debris review of the Island will be done, and all moveable debris (with particular attention given to nets, ropes and plastic debris) will be removed to Flinders Island and displayed at the local school as part of a talk on the extent and impact of marine debris. All data collected will be entered into the Australian Marine Debris Database.

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