Media Releases 2017

Posted on 31/07/2017 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Takes Two on Tackling Marram Grass

Winter is often a time for good waves, but members of the Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve Working Group recently took a morning off surfing to continue their efforts of assisting with dune restoration at Cape Woolamai.

The working bee was a follow-up to an initial session held in late 2016 where the group embarked on a project aimed at removing marram grass to prepare for replanting works to restore the fragile dune system.

The group made a significant impact on removing the marram grass in the section in front of the Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Clubhouse.

“We had a very productive morning. “All who attended seemed to enjoy the morning with good banter and cakes afterwards!” said event organiser Mark Merryful, Phillip Island Nature Parks Senior Ranger, Coasts and Wetlands.

“This is part of an integrated attempt to reduce, and eventually eradicate, marram grass from the fragile foredune systems. Efforts are integral to building up a knowledge base of dune restoration principles and practices in the effort of restoring the Cape Woolamai dunes to their natural state.”

The next working bee will be held in Spring and will be promoted on the Group’s Facebook page.

Grant success

The Working Group is thrilled to be a recent recipient of funding through Round 1of Bass Coast Shire Council’s Community Grants Program.

Phillip Island National Surfing Reserve was awarded $4,400 towards the acquisition of a Community Marquee to be used at their annual Community Surfing Team Challenge and other community events. The funding will also go towards the reprinting of an updated edition of a souvenir booklet detailing the history of surfing on Phillip Island and the important breaks that led it to being nominated as Victoria’s only National Surfing Reserve in 2013.


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