Eight volunteers, three local business community members, six Sunshine Coast Council staff and more than 1000 mangrove trees – it all added up to a project that’s set to provide some big plusses for the future health of the Noosa River.
The mangrove trees were planted on the northern bank of the Noosa River as a coastal offset requirement for the nearby Noosa Spit (“Dog Beach”) Erosion Project.
Noosa and District Landcare volunteer Aimee Roil said the project would help to ensure the Noosa River maintained its high standards of health.
“The Noosa River Catchment has improved significantly over the past couple of years and has seen its rating rise to an ‘A’ under the Healthy Waterways program,” she said.
“Mangroves are integral to a healthy river ecosystem and this project will provide so many positives to the health of the river and it’s many natural inhabitants.
“By planting mangrove trees, we’re providing a future nursery and feeding area for a vast array of marine creatures and also making the foreshore far more resilient to erosion.”
Division 11 Councillor Russell Green said the site where the works occurred was identified in council’s Noosa River Monitoring Report in the Noosa River Plan as an area subject to disturbance by previous land use and high level boat and jet-ski wash.
“I’d like to express a big thank you to the volunteers from Noosa and District Landcare, Noosa Waterwatch and the Noosa Intergrated Catchment Association for their wonderful efforts over the four days these works took place,” he said.
“It’s terrific to know that we have people with such passion and devotion for our local environment who are prepared to donate their time and make a difference.”
Rehabilitation works and on-maintenance will continue at the project site until the first quarter of 2013.