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Dunecare thrives on rain

Cabarita Beach Dunecare members Jackie Brooks, Faye Nash and Kieran Kinney working onsite at Cabarita.
Cabarita Beach Dunecare members Jackie Brooks, Faye Nash and Kieran Kinney working onsite at Cabarita. Mairi Manley

YOU may be sick and tired of the rain.

But, members of Cabarita Beach Dunecare are "over the moon" about the last few weeks of wet weather.

"Native saplings we planted about 3-4 months ago are now 20 times the size," said co-ordinator of Wednesday Dunecare sessions, Faye Nash.

"It's quite amazing.

"The downside is that many non-native weeds have also taken off."

The trees are quick growing natives that will soon form a canopy on land next to Cabarita Beach.

The pioneer species were planted by Dunecare members and students from Bogangar Public School.

Bush regeneration advisor Kieran Kinney has been overseeing the planting and weeding.

The group held a field trip on Saturday purely for recreational reasons when members got to socialise and learn a bit about the Cudgen Lake ecosystem.

National parks ranger Allan Goodwin conducted an educational tour of the lake system.

Dunecare will also hold a Coastal Plant ID Workshop on May 21.

Tweed Shire Council is holding the session to help Dunecare members to identify native and exotic species in the area.

The organisation has also received $500 from Tweed Landcare through a small grant fund.

"This will help us kick-start our weed control program between Norries Headland and the Goanna Track south of Cabarita Beach.

Topics:  cabarita beach, dunecare, environment, weather



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