Victor Harbor Coastcare's volunteers are back to preserve the south coast beaches

PRISTINE: Victor Harbor Coastcare's Barb Francis, Andrew Leak, Richard House and Anita Leak at a planting site at Kings Beach.
PRISTINE: Victor Harbor Coastcare's Barb Francis, Andrew Leak, Richard House and Anita Leak at a planting site at Kings Beach.

Victor Harbor Coastcare is a group of local volunteers who work to preserve the wonderful coastline between The Bluff and Hayborough.

The group works in close cooperation with NRM and the City of Victor Harbor who give strong support, through advice and providing plants.

Besides two working bees a month (morning tea served after Wednesday bees), there is a monthly meeting, field trips and two social events a year.

As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, Coastcare is about to get back to work on The Bluff and have a new exciting project.

Coastcare is happy to accommodate a request from Rotary Victor Harbor to carry out a planting on the western side of the new Rotary Victor Harbor Nakurami Kondoli, Whale Lookout, near Kings Beach.

The Victor Council will provide the plants, which include knobby club-rush, coast sword-sedge, coastal tussock grass, coastal salt bush and pig face. The plants will enhance the stunning viewing area.

Before the COVID-19 restrictions, which closed down all activities of Coastcare, the focus of working bees was the eradication of suckering sheoaks on The Bluff and tamarisks in the dunes along The Esplanade by the Causeway car park.

Chair of Victor Harbor Coastcare Richard House said during the summer months, council kindly set up a mobile water tank by the volleyball courts to enable volunteers to carry out regular watering of new plantings.

"This was very much appreciated as it made a huge difference to the survival of the plants," Mr House said.

Cleanup Australia Day is another activity of the group who are joined by other members of the community.

This year 22 people took part collecting nine bags of rubbish between the Hindmarsh River estuary and the Inman River estuary.

"It was an enlightening activity for the children taking part, who were surprised at the amount of rubbish collected. They took the task very seriously and did a great job," Mr House said.

Another Coastcare volunteer Andrew Leak measures the beach poles between King Street and the Victor Harbor Yacht Club once a month to monitor the height of the sand.

The data is sent to the Department of Environment and Water, Coastal Protection.

"At the present time there is worrying erosion by the Victor Harbor Bowling Club and at Policeman's Point and heaps of seaweed on Eastern Beach," Mr Leak said.

New volunteers are always welcome. For more information about Victor Harbor Coastcare please visit the website vhcoastcare.org.au or call Richard House on 0403 774 596.

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