Help Edward Island Get 'Brushed'

Posted on: Thursday, 11 January 2018 at 9:56:15 AM

The Shire of Gingin, in partnership with the Northern Agricultural Catchment Council (NACC) and local community members, will be hosting a Community Information and Action Day in January at Edward Island Point, Lancelin for ‘brushing’ of dunes to help remediate the effects of wind erosion.

‘Brushing’ is the practice of putting plant loppings and cuttings on the surface of the sand. This process slows down erosion by trapping windborne sand in the brush, helps decrease evaporation by bringing moisture levels closer to the soil surface, and also helps deter pedestrian and vehicle traffic from the rehab area so small plants can flourish.

Brushing has been previously undertaken locally at Ledge Point, and widely across Western Australia with great success.

The Community Information and Action Day will consist of some education on the process of brushing as well as an opportunity for participants to provide and lay their own brush on the dunes.

The Community Information and Action Day details are as follows: 

  • Date:    Friday 19 January 2018
  • Time:   10.00am
  • Meeting location: Edward Island Point, Lancelin

Anyone wishing to attend the Community Information and Action Day should contact the Shire’s Operations-Construction Department on 9575 2211 (extension 7) or email opsec@gingin.wa.gov.au to register your interest.

This event is an excellent opportunity for local community members to get rid of their unwanted plant loppings, and learn how they can stabilise the foredune area and prevent further erosion. Please note there are some considerations to what constitutes acceptable brush – these can be found on the  Brushing Infosheet, link below:

Brushing Infosheet

More information on brushing as well as success stories can be found at http://coastswap.org.au/case-studies/.

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Shire of Gingin Offices

Gingin

7 Brockman Street
Gingin WA 6503

T: (08) 9575 2211

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

Lancelin

255 Vins Way
Lancelin WA 6044

T: (08) 9575 5155

F: (08) 9575 2121

E: mail@gingin.wa.gov.au

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