Revegetation Efforts to Heal Illegal Clearing on Inlet Foreshore

Published on Wednesday, 20 July 2022 at 10:14:53 AM

The Shire of Denmark is collaborating with Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee to revegetate illegally cleared native vegetation along the Wilson Inlet foreshore.

The ongoing revegetation project uses locally sourced plant material from the inlet foreshore and is aimed at restoring the naturally occurring vegetation along the water’s edge which has been cleared in many areas without permits.

“A revegetation collaboration like this is important because the fringing vegetation of the Wilson Inlet plays a critical role in the ecosystem,” Shire of Denmark Sustainability Officer Yvette Caruso said.

“It acts as a buffer to encroaching weeds, it filters pollutants and nutrients, it reduces erosion and stabilises the soil while also providing habitat, wildlife corridors and adding to the visual amenity of the landscape.”

The revegetation collaboration involves local volunteers and students from WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, and Great Southern TAFE who get stuck into tasks from site preparation and weed control, to seed collection, propagation and planting.

A recent community planting day near the Cove along the Wilson Inlet engaged more than 30 community volunteers of all ages from young children to the elderly with up to 7800 local provenance native seedlings planted.

“This planting is the first stage of a number of revegetation projects that the Shire is facilitating along the Wilson Inlet over the coming years in an effort to re-establish these disturbed illegally cleared areas along the foreshore,” Ms Caruso said.

Native vegetation clearing on Shire land is prohibited and can carry hefty fines under the Environmental Protection Act.

Community members who are keen to get involved in Wilson Inlet revegetation activities should get in touch with our Sustainability Officer on 9848 0300 or

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