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    12042: Restoration of the ecological integrity of the marine park foreshore in Alfred Cove – Stage 1

    Giant reed removal on the Alfred Cove foreshore. Courtesy Catherine O'Neill , Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group.
    Giant reed removal on the Alfred Cove foreshore. Courtesy Catherine O'Neill , Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group.

    There are very few remaining areas of the salt marsh, sedge banks and fringing forest that once comprised the Swan River estuary's original vegetation. Where these areas still exist they provide vital habitat for a variety of local and migratory birds and other fauna. The marine park foreshore in Alfred Cove is one such site.

    The foreshore borders the Swan estuary marine park and Alfred Cove nature reserve. It is also part of Bush Forever site 331, providing important bush linkages for wildlife.

    The site is highly degraded and was once a rubbish tip, so contaminants need to be filtered out before they enter the estuary waters.

    This project will:

    • strengthen the resilience of the narrow strip of foreshore by removing noxious weed infestations currently smothering native vegetation and restoring the diversity of vegetation through planting of indigenous species
    • provide habitat for a variety of local and migratory bird life through re-establishing a bush corridor, and restoring a balance of upper, middle and lower-storey vegetation
    • minimise the entry of contaminants and pollutants into the marine park through the planting of sedge banks as filtering agents
    • foster community appreciation of the natural values of the site by improving its amenity and through education strategies.
    Investment: $ 21 089
    Delivery organisation: Swan Estuary Reserves Action Group Inc
    Project duration: January 2013 - June 2014
    Location: Swan Estuary Marine Park and the Alfred Cove Nature Reserve

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