Tugun Girl Guides Taylor Collins, Alyse Midson, Heather Moran and Tianna Hallingan enjoy helping the dunes with Diana Kiss from Griffith University.
Tugun Girl Guides Taylor Collins, Alyse Midson, Heather Moran and Tianna Hallingan enjoy helping the dunes with Diana Kiss from Griffith University. Blainey Woodham

Planting the seeds of dune care

NORTH Kirra Dunes have the chance to regenerate thanks to passionate residents.

BeachCare co-ordinator from Griffith University Centre for Coastal Management, Naomi Edwards, said dune planting days were held almost every weekend.

A team of 12 adults and 10 children weeded the dunes and planted native species last Saturday at North Kirra.

“Tugun Girl Guides helped out, as well as staff from a local construction company,” Ms Edwards said.

She said there had been a surge of interest from local business using dune planting days as team building exercises.

“It is team work outside the company while helping the environment,” Ms Edwards said.

Eight dune sites across the Gold Coast are managed by the university centre, including three partnered sites.

“Other organisations are partnered with Griffith Uni to care for the dunes,” Ms Edwards said.

“Working with other organisations takes some work out of setting up days and looking for volunteers, because the group is already there to help out.”

The dune care program was initiated by the Gold Coast City Council and outsourced to Griffith University.

Ms Edwards said the BeachCare days encouraged people to learn about coastal management.

“It is an opportunity to learn about coastal systems as well as doing something good for the beaches,” she said. “The Gold Coast is highly urbanised and this is a positive imitative for the community.

“It is awesome to be out on the dunes, and in whale season we usually get to see whales from the dunes.”

With eight sites across the Gold Coast, Ms Edwards said dune planting days always needed volunteers.

Contact the Centre on (07) 5552 8506 for more details or email gccm@griffith.edu.au.



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