Thirteen years have passed since the Green and Clean Awareness Team (GCAT) volunteers took up the task of regenerating Byron Bay’s Main Beach dunes.
Now there is only one area near Cowper Street that remains bare due to ongoing plant destruction and removal.
Adjoining areas where a monoculture of bitou bush once stood now have a diverse coastal plant community developing.
GCAT spokesperson Veda Turner said one area remained degraded.
“This year we hope to transform this weak link in the dunes,” he said.
“Our dear friend and former Byron Shire councillor, Anudhi Wentworth, planted in this area back in the 1980s.
“We are dedicating these plantings to her memory.
“Anudhi passed away last February and this is our way to thank her for her groundbreaking efforts to protect local social and environmental values.”
Mr Turner said that strong integrated dunes were the communities’ best defence against natural events such as cyclonic conditions and tsunamis.
He said a weak, degraded area put that defence in jeopardy.
“Local school children will inherit these strong dunes, so it is appropriate that they are also involved in growing and planting out coastal species and understanding coastal processes,” Mr Turner said.
The Green and Clean team is involved in regular educational and participatory events with area schools.
The team, which won the Byron Shire Australia Day ‘Environmental Volunteer Project award’, meets on the third Sunday of each month.
New volunteers are welcome to join the next activity on February 21.
Meet in the park behind the Clarks Beach Cafe at 9am.
Phone Mr Turner on 66857991 for more information.
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