Following an invasion of weeds on the foreshore at Port Rickaby, Yorke Peninsula Council, Port Rickaby Progress Association, Natural Resources Northern and Yorke and the Green Army Program recently partnered together to restore the landscape.
A formalised contemporary landscape design was prepared for the land adjacent the jetty shelter, to complement the public open space and beauty of the area. Indigenous species were selected which will work effectively in stabilising the area, whilst also forming an example garden that can be referred to by other Yorke Peninsula coastal locations.
Considerations in the landscaping were to increase access to the Walk the Yorke seating and interpretive signage, to enhance the scenic views and to utilise the reclaimed jetty sleepers damaged during the 2016 storms, which feature as a border between the shelter and the garden. The area has been mulched to minimise the growth of weeds and erosion whilst the indigenous plants establish.
In addition, an adjacent area of foreshore dune has undergone weed control and revegetation, with the use of erosion control matting being trialled to inform future dune management by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke.
The Green Army team, which is supported by Natural Resources Northern and Yorke through funding from the Australian Government, spent four days working on the project alongside Port Rickaby Progress Association members.
President of the Progress Association, Jason Wimpenny, said “We are really proud of Port Rickaby – it is fantastic to see so many people come together to restore our beautiful town. We particularly thank the Green Army for their help and Council for designing the landscape and providing the plants and other materials.”