Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tea Party with Synergy

During Melbourne Cup week Kate Sputore, the North Metro Coastcare Officer organised a celebratory morning tea party. The November 5th event marked the completion of Cottesloe Coastcare's Synergy funded project at Mudurup Rocks.

Six representatives from Synergy, joined CCA volunteers, contractors and Town of Cottesloe staff who have assisted in the project.

The top photo shows the verge area at Mudurup Rocks which is now planted out with local plant species and has been mulched to help the plants cope with their first summer. CCA volunteers have been hand weeding and hand watering all the plants at the site.

The group at morning tea included Carolyn Jenour - Coastal and Marine Program Manager Perth Region NRM, Stuart Knott (far left) of Cambridge Coastcare and the PRNRM Coast and Marine Sub-Region Rep; Craig Wilson (South Metro Coastcare Officer) and Barry McGuire (far right). Barry is the Indigenous Projects Officer with Perth Region NRM. Barry talked about the importance of Mudurup Rocks to Aboriginal people.
If you want to read an article by Ken Macintyre about this important Aboriginal site go to CCA's website :
www.cottesloecoastcare.org/publications/Aborigines.pdf

The Synergy employees were pleased to see all the project achievements. Constantin Ortheil (second left) congratulated everyone involved. In his talk he made the comment that the use of local provenance green stock means that the plants are best adapted to local harsh conditions and salt laden winds.


This final photo shows the verge area as it was before the project commenced. This part of the site was like much of the area in that it was uncared for, covered in weeds and eroded badly in some sections. The new pine log fencing will provide some deterrant to damage from people and dogs. Rabbit control will assist in the survival of plants and a limestone retaining wall was constructed on the west side of the project area, to stop erosion.

Stands of weedy Victorian teatree were removed and replaced by approximately 3,500 seedlings of 20 different species.
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