Inverloch,
19
September
2013
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08:58
Australia/Melbourne

Foreshore Vandalism Not Tolerated

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Bass Coast Shire Council staff has replanted indigenous plants after a spate of deliberate vandalism killed important vegetation earlier this year.

With winter the main replanting season, Council has replanted indigenous plants and trees along the Inverloch foreshore reserve, putting back what was lost after someone poisoned a number of areas along the coastline, especially at the intersection of Ramsay Boulevard and Venus Street.

After scientific testing confirmed that vegetation in the Inverloch foreshore was poisoned with herbicide, Council began the process of replacing the destroyed vegetation with the same species of plants that were originally there. The plants are locally sourced species that will grow to a similar size and shape to what was destroyed.

Council’s Planning and Environment Director, Hannah Duncan-Jones, said the Shire has around 10 per cent of indigenous vegetation remaining, with coastal reserves playing an important role in buffering us from sea level rise, providing habitats for native fauna, and giving residents a beautiful landscape to enjoy.

 “Our community places a high value on the natural assets of Bass Coast such as indigenous vegetation,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

“It is important for Council to take a stand on this vandalism and show the community that this behaviour is not acceptable.”

As the manager of a number of coastal reserves including the Inverloch foreshore, Council can respond to vegetation removal by issuing a fine, replanting the damaged areas and erecting large signs in the same location.

“If further vegetation damage occurs at this location in Inverloch, Council’s next step will be to erect large signs on the foreshore, to deter further damage to the foreshore,” Ms Duncan-Jones said.

If you have seen anyone deliberately damaging foreshore vegetation or can provide any other information, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278). Details of those who provide information will be treated confidentially.