WOLLONGONG City Council staff have begun work on removing vegetation on several beaches, including Bulli and Woonona.
The work is the first stage of the Wollongong Dune Management Strategy. Council endorsed the works, outlined in the Implementation Plan, in August.
Manager Environment Strategy and Planning Renee Campbell said the work was an important step towards improving sightlines for lifeguards and lifesavers.
“During our consultation we found that it was important to improve the sightlines for lifeguards and to also increase the beach amenity for beachgoers at these beaches,” Ms Campbell said.
“Along with removing some weed trees, Council will also be removing some Coastal Wattle [Acacia Longifolia] which has been growing in inappropriate places on these patrolled beaches.”
The first stage of this work will involve the removal of a number of large weed trees, dead vegetation and some Coastal Wattle at the back of the dunes and along the beach access paths. Under pruning of some native vegetation will also be undertaken to create better access into each site for further weed management work by bush restoration contractors and Dunecare volunteers.
Works will be completed at Bulli, Woonona, Towradgi, Fairy Meadow and Wollongong City beaches before the end of this month.
Tree management work will be undertaken along either side of the access paths and at the back of the dunes. After the tree management works, bush regeneration contractors will then begin further weed and vegetation management work at these beaches, as well as Bellambi and Corrimal beaches.
At Coalcliff beach, the current height of vegetation is causing line of sight issues for the lifesavers. Some vegetation will be pruned and weed trees removed to enable a clear line of sight from the patrol room to the swimming area.
These vegetation management works are the start of the actions outlined in the Dune Management Strategy. This work will also be used as part of Council’s future work to manage native vegetation and weeds in the dunes, improve sightlines and accessibility, reduce potential fire risks and enable better access for bush restoration contractors and volunteers.
For more information you can visit Council’s website.