Dunecare conservation projects

Sand dunes and coastal grass line a beach, some people are walking between the dunes and the breaking waves.

Project Background

We are proud to be delivering dedicated dune restoration projects along the Great Ocean Road.

The projects will be delivered by our Conservation Team who are highly trained and experienced conservation specialists.

The projects will deliver vast improvements in the dune systems, creating a stronghold of biodiversity and helping to protect the Great Ocean Road coastline and its history.

These projects are supported by Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government. This project will run until 2023.

 

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Key Project Information

We will partner with Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation throughout the life of these projects to ensure our objectives and works align with their values.

Funding will support the following three dune restoration projects along the Great Ocean Road:

Painkalac Dune Habitat Restoration

The Painkalac Dune Habitat Restoration Project will deliver improvements to the Painkalac Dune, a large and ecologically valuable dune and estuary system in Fairhaven.

Project objectives include:

  • Removal of Tea Tree/Polygala/Sallow Wattle
  • Management of Blackberry
  • Revegetation in areas of monoculture
  • Management of natural revegetation
  • Fencing
  • Fox control.

The project will include engagement with secondary school groups through our Environmental Education Programs, to assist with the application of brush matting and revegetation. This will provide students with an understanding of the importance of caring for dune systems, their flora, fauna and the wider coastal environment.

Eastern View Dune Protection Project

The Eastern View Dune Protection Project aims to protect and strengthen this fragile dune ecosystem, which is currently experiencing growing pressures from coastal and human induced erosion. 

This project will contribute significantly to addressing the threat of weeds within this coastal zone and will support long-term improvements towards a healthy and sustainable landscape.

Project objectives include:

  • Increasing biodiversity
  • Weed management
  • Revegetation
  • Erosion control.

Barham River Dune Protection Project

The Barham River Dune Protection Project aims to protect this fragile dune ecosystem in the Apollo Bay area, which is currently experiencing growing pressures from coastal and human induced erosion.

Project objectives include:

  • Fencing culturally sensitive sites to protect them from informal access and promote natural regeneration
  • Fencing the dune area to slow erosion and promote natural regeneration
  • Effectively eradicate mature woody weed species along the dune
  • Control weed species to increase habitat value for the Hooded Plover.

 

Dune Management Team

Image from left to right: Anthony Byrne – Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA), Dr Barbara Wilson – Barbara Wilson, Pty. Ltd, Dr Mark Garkaklis – Barbara Wilson, Pty. Ltd, Scott Hives, Conservation Supervisor – Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, Rachael Beecham, Conservation Leading Hand – Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, Jude Hassall – Manager, Environment and Education – Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, Tyler Wilkie – Conservation Ranger – Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority, Hamilton Pearson, Conservation Ranger – Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority