Cottesloe Coastcare Group
Cottesloe’s Coastcare group has been operating for 20 years. Long serving member Robyn Benken said the group is passionate about protecting the Western Australian coast and its marine life. She said for more than 100 years, the Cottesloe coastline environment has been subjected to enormous pressure from recreational activities.
“In 1995, a small group of locals realised that leaving it to others to protect and preserve their coast wasn’t enough, so we banded together with the aim of creating a more robust and diverse ecosystem for the Cottesloe foreshore,” she said
In the 20 years since, Cottesloe Coastcare has planted more than 30,000 native plants, eradicated weeds, built fences and access ramps to protect the dunes from erosion, collected mountains of rubbish left behind by visitors. One of its biggest campaigns has been the protection of the Weedy Seadragon (pictured), as well as other endangered marine species.
In June 2011, the Cottesloe Coastcare group petitioned the Western Australian Government to ensure the Weedy Seadragons were declared a protected species in Western Australia (found in southern, south east and south west of Australia). They became endangered due to a number of humans in the past taking them home as pets. In addition, pollution and habitat loss also hurt their numbers. Cottesloe Coastcare fought hard to ensure these species were protected like many other marine species in the area.
To ensure that Coastcare groups can continue their valuable work in protecting our beautiful and unique coastline, we need dedicated people to help Coastcare by fundraising as part of your 2016 Port to Pub swim.
In Western Australia, we are lucky to be living in an area where nature is still a big part of our everyday lives. We want to make sure that our local Western Australian coastline survives so that everyone can experience the unique birdlife, plants and other animals that exist here, not only now but in the future. Coastcare does need your help to make this possible.
Coastcare’s work is only possible with your support. If you love your Western Australian coast, support Coastcare for your Port to Pub swim.* Click here to register now.