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Dune restoration morning at Tathra

A sectionof the dune network impacted by the fires in Tathra. 19 April 2018

With the bushfire recovery phase now in full swing, the time has come to commence the restoration of natural areas in and around Tathra that were adversely impacted during the disaster.

To that end, Bega Valley Shire Council has partnered with Tathra Landcare, the Far South Coast Landcare Association and the Tathra Beachside Caravan Park to organise a working bee to restore the fire affected coastal dunes at Tathra Beach.

The event, which will run from 8am – 11am on Saturday 28 April, will focus on the planting of native seeds and seedlings to fill gaps where the fires destroyed or badly degraded the existing plant community.

The plant community on the dunes plays an important role in protecting the beach from erosion caused by coastal storms and wind by locking up the sand and providing a protective buffer to the caravan park and other infrastructure.  It is also provides important habitat for many native birds and animals.

Council’s Environmental Management Officer, Michael Fiedler, said the working bee will also represent the commencement of a wider Green Shoots campaign aimed at restoring all fire affected natural areas.

“Although the works proposed will be well covered by the existing volunteer effort, people are encouraged to drop in and chat to staff about ways they can contribute to the recovery and restoration. We will be taking the details of people that might be interested in assisting with any future programs,” Mr Fiedler said.

“Further events and opportunities will evolve as we assess the damage of our natural areas and open them up to the public.”

Those attending the event are to meet at 8am in ‘The Pole’ carpark at the northern end of the caravan park. A morning tea will follow the working bee at the Tathra Beachside Caravan Park.

Meeting points and working area for the dune restoration works at Tathra. For further information, contact Michael Fiedler on 0427 102 733 or Chris Post (Far South Coast Landcare Association) on 0411 594 092.

Photograph: A section of the dune network impacted by the fires.

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