A section of beach in Marlston Hill is close to being fully rehabilitated, thanks to the work of local schools and community groups.
The South West Catchments Council’s Marlston Hill dune rehabilitation program began 18 months ago on a section north of the BP lookout and involves planting seedlings and laying brushing to prevent erosion.
Schools include Parkfield Primary School and Bunbury Catholic College, whose students laid brushing last week.
Bunbury Catholic College outdoor education teacher Clee Avard said the activity helped students see the bigger picture.
‘‘It’s important that they see the impact they’re having,’’ Mr Avard said.
South West Catchments Council coastal organiser Chris Gibbs, who runs the Marlston Hill program, said the project was successful because of the cooperation between schools, the City of Bunbury and the friends of Marlston Hill coast care group.
‘‘We’ve 90 per cent completed the project from the lookout and next year we hope to move to the north end where the lighthouse is to target some paths people use to access the beach,’’ Mr Gibbs said.
‘‘By laying the brushing we provide a microhabitat for plants to survive the intensity of summer and the overall effect is to rehabilitate and stop erosion.’’
Mr Gibbs said signs would be erected in the rehabilitated areas asking people to stay off the area.‘‘If people stay off because of the signs, it will mean the project has been successful and we won’t have to do it again.’’