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Floreat Beach matting and planting on 11 July 2021

A tremendous demonstration of support from members and volunteers saw 27 of us turn out on 11 July to lay 250 sq/m of matting and put in 195 plants on the dune faces in front of the Floreat Beach kiosk and surf club.  It is even more pleasing to report that as of 2pm on 12 July, and despite dire storm warning for this morning, the ocean had not reached the work and it was all still intact.  Hopefully, it will remain so and we can build upon the foundations we have laid in 2022.  A special thank-you to John King of Floreat Surf Life saving Club for transporting the matting down to the beach and removing the collapsed fence in front of the kiosk.

Great work from Coastcare volunteers

We have made good progress with our winter work over the week-end.  On Friday 25 June, a team of overseas students from Study Perth planted the area we matted at the southern end of our dog-beach restoration area (CMB14).  They planted a total of 177 plants in the CMB14 area, whereas the great turnout of 29 members and volunteers on Sunday 13 June planted a total 348 plants in the rest of the dog-beach restoration area.  Altogether, we laid 350 square metres of matting at the dog-beach this year and have planted it with 525 plants – the matted area has been reclaimed from the beach by our wind-break fencing in 2019-2021.  Let us hope the weather gods are kind to us and don’t send us any high tides combined with heavy swells, which have done the damage in the past. If we have mild winter storms this year and next, the plants will be well established and adding to dune stability.  

The students then turned their attention to matting the sides of the new path constructed by Town of Cambridge down to the beach from the ‘helicopter’ car-park at Floreat Beach (see pic).  The start of the new path is adjacent to the northern end of the Boardwalk.

People have been climbing up and down the very steep dune dropping down from the helicopter car-park to the beach.  Human access has been accelerating the rate of erosion of the dune and causing extensive destruction of delicate vegetation and destabilising the steep dune front.  This dune was already significantly eroded by winter storms in May 2020 and we have just been awarded a Coastwest grant to install windbreak fencing and matting, and to undertake planting to try to stabilize the dune.  Hopefully people will use the new path to access the dune instead of climbing the dune face.

The sides of the path were embanked to provide a gentle slope to the beach and the students laid 150 square metres of matting on the embanked areas to assist in stabilizing sand movement and to plant growth.  Then on Sunday 27 June, a group of 16 members and volunteers planted 229 plants into the matting.  Planting in matting is a slow process as a hole needs to be cut into the tough coir material, the hole dug, fertilizer pills added and plant separated carefully from its pot, dropped into the hole and firmed down, before a cardboard shield is put around it and secured by bamboo canes malletted firmly into the sand.  The process is made more difficult by working on steep slopes in a howling gale, all of this accomplished with good humour and a co-operative spirit by our hard-working team – many thanks to you all and apologies from the photographer who hasn’t done justice to the workers.

Windbreak fencing at the Floreat dog-beach

We had a great turnout of volunteers on January 6, last Wednesday, to put up wind-break fences at the Floreat dog-beach – track CMB12 to be precise – between the ocean ends of Bent Street and Empire Avenue in City Beach. The forecast was for 40degrees C so we made an early start at 8am and got the job done by 10.30am but not before it got seriously warm! We erected 15 short fences and covered them with hessian cloth – see photos. Many thanks and let’s hope for lots of good strong sea breezes to pile up the sand between the fences to build up the dunes. We hope to be able to put matting down in the autumn and plant it in the winter.

Coastal Plants 2nd edition

Our founding member, Professor Kingsley Dixon, has published a second edition of his book Coastal Plants and we have updated the presentation of native plants and weeds on the website to include additional species now illustrated in Kingsley’s book. The book is published by CSIRO Publishing and is available via online ordering and the revised pages on our website are linked here: – native plants, weeds, noongar names. Please tell us if you find any missing or incorrect links on these pages – [email protected].

Next planting activity – back to the dog-beach!

The next planting (not quite as large and busy as the one near Clancy’s) will occur on Sunday June 28th at 9am. We are looking to plant about 400 plants but each will take longer because there is more walking and carrying involved.

We will gather at the dog beach (old path 16 – now CMB 12). This is found at the northern end of the slip-road running parallel to West Coast Highway north of Floreat Beach. Please wear enclosed footwear and long pants, as well as glasses or sunglasses. 

We will be planting various species in the dog-beach restoration areas  – carpobrotus, conostylis, sedge, leucophyta, olearia, rhagodia and scaevola – to improve the diversity there. In earlier years’ plantings, we have concentrated on getting spinifex growing on what was bare sand, but we now want to get other species established.

Virtual Perth NRM Coastal Forum Friday 19 June

Just a reminder about Perth NRM’s on-line Coastal Forum this Friday, June 19th – all welcome. Please register at the link below.

NRM will be bringing you presentations from experts Andrew Outhwaite and Tayanah O’Donnell.  Our on-line format has enabled Perth NRM to engage to national coastal and marine experts, we hope that you can participate.

Join us as we dive into the social and environmental impact of community connections. We will explore the future of the WA coastline, the role of community awareness and action, and approaches to engaging youth in improving the intergenerational impacts around Climate Change.

This interactive workshop is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn from national experts who are world leaders in their field.

Date: Friday 19 June

Time: 11am

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Date: Friday 19 June

Time: 11am

Duration: 90 minutes

Location: Online Zoom Meeting

Cost: FREE, limited places available – Register Here