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Environment

Coastal Protection

Our CoastCouncil's 11.5 kilometres of Coastline is characterised by beautiful beaches and sand dunes extending from Semaphore Park to West Beach. The coastal zone, including our dunes is the buffer between the land and sea, as well as providing significant recreational and aesthetic benefits to the general public.

The coastal area is increasingly under pressure from residential development/urban encroachment, public usage and the impacts of climate change. The purpose of this communication is to raise public awareness of some of the issues that are having a detrimental effect on our coast and enlist your support in protecting this fragile resource. Some of these issues include:

  • dumping of lawn clippings and general rubbish into the Coastal Reserve,
  • planting of exotic vegetation including lawn on public land,
  • not using designated paths through the dunes,
  • impacts of stormwater discharge into the coastal reserve,
  • domestic pets, including dogs off leads and cats roaming freely.

Dune Vegetation

Our coastal environment is very fragile and the presence of exotic species is a major problem along our coastline with many exotics displacing native plants. Our local coastal plants have naturally adapted to the harsh conditions of the coastal environment over millennia and perform many functions including binding and stabilising the sand dunes and maintaining local habitat for native birds, animals and insects. For further information on appropriate plants for the coastal zone please see the brochure titled 'Local Coastal Plants'.

What Can I Do

  • Please do not dispose of lawn clippings or prunings in the coastal reserve (they cause changes to the structure of the soil and will almost always cause a weed invasion).
  • Plant local coastal plants not exotics (there are now nurseries that specialise in native plants).
  • Do not extend lawns onto public land.
  • Do not extend landscaping onto public land without firstly consulting Council.
  • Stay on designated pathways when going to or from the beach and encourage others to do the same.
  • Keep pets out of the dunes as they disturb these fragile areas.

Impacts of Stormwater Discharge into the Coastal Reserve

Stormwater pipes discharged into the Coastal Reserve cause large scarping at outlet points in the dunes and increase weeds in surrounding areas. It is more environmentally responsible for stormwater pipes to be directed to the roadway or to soakage pits to avoid damage to this fragile environment. For more advice on directing your stormwater to the roadway or soakage pits please contact Steve Condos (Project Engineer) on 8408 1111.

What is Council doing in the Coastal Zone

Council works in conjunction with the State Government, Community groups and individuals to maintain and manage this precious resource. The Department for Environment Heritage has completed Vegetation Management Plans commissioned by Council for our coast. These management plans focus on vegetation and highlight many other issues facing our coastline. These are available on Councils website http://www.charlessturt.sa.gov.au. The brochure 'Local Coastal Plants' was derived from these plans and highlights local plants well adapted to this area. Council continues to work to these plans, targeting weeds and revegetating with recommended local coastal plants.

Assisting Council in this work are dune care groups and other community groups that spend many valuable hours enhancing and protecting the dunes. The dune care groups assist in maintaining these areas through community education, maintenance, planting and propagation.

Please support them and us in protecting this most valuable resource.

If you would like more information on any of the topics discussed or you are interested in becoming a member of dune care please contact Kelly Mader, Council's Natural Resource Management Officer on 8408 1208.

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