Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Management

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The dune vegetation at Collingwood Beach, Vincentia, has been the subject of contrasting public opinions for many years. While there is a clear appreciation of the value of natural areas and native vegetation in the broader community, there has been extensive unauthorised vegetation removal, poisoning and vandalism of foreshore vegetation.

As a result, Council has adopted a collaborative approach to manage the vegetation vandalism issue by receiving advice from the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Heritage, NGH Environmental Consultancy and Manly Hydraulics Laboratory.

In view of this advice and the objectives of the Coastal Management

The dune vegetation at Collingwood Beach, Vincentia, has been the subject of contrasting public opinions for many years. While there is a clear appreciation of the value of natural areas and native vegetation in the broader community, there has been extensive unauthorised vegetation removal, poisoning and vandalism of foreshore vegetation.

As a result, Council has adopted a collaborative approach to manage the vegetation vandalism issue by receiving advice from the Minister for the Environment, Minister for Local Government, Minister for Heritage, NGH Environmental Consultancy and Manly Hydraulics Laboratory.

In view of this advice and the objectives of the Coastal Management Act 2016, Council established a Reference Group to develop a Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan steered by a Council resolution. To view the Council resolution, see page 5 of the Minutes of the Strategy and Assets Committee Meeting, 21 November 2017.

Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan

The Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan was developed by the Collingwood Beach Dune Reference Group and provides a framework for the restoration and future management of the Collingwood Beach dune vegetation system using two trial study sites. The aim is to achieve a positive outcome in terms of both protecting the health and resilience of the dune system and also meeting the desires and expectations of the community and other key stakeholders.

The purpose of the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan is to:

  • Assess foreshore management outcomes through the implementation of two trial sites; one rehabilitation site and one filtered views site to be monitored over a two-year period. The trial aims to develop recommendations leading to a long-term sustainable management plan for dune vegetation for Collingwood Beach to deter vegetation vandalism.
  • Recognise the recommendations and proposed management and communication methods compiled by the former Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Reference Group (Chaired by Allan Baptist in the former Council – Referred to as the “Baptist Plan” in this document). A full copy of the recommendations of the reference group chaired by Allan Baptist is contained within Appendix 1. Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Reference Group Draft Recommendations - Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Management 2015-2020.
  • Install a viewing platform in accordance with Manly Hydraulic Laboratory (MHL) report.
  • Collingwood Beach Revegetation Project Update

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    Shoalhaven City Council has received a Coastal and Estuary Grant to undertake dune restoration works at Collingwood Beach. Collingwood Beach is identified as one of 10 beaches at greatest risk of coastal erosion. The revegetation project aims to increase dune resilience by enhancing vegetation diversity.

    This project follows on from a two-year trial at Collingwood Beach that confirmed the importance of vegetation species diversity to maintain dune resilience.

    View the PowerPoint Presentation to find out more.

  • Native Trees Deliberately Destroyed Along Collingwood Beach

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    by Madelaine North,
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    Shoalhaven City Council has become aware of ongoing tree and vegetation vandalism at Collingwood Beach. Council treats tree and vegetation vandalism seriously and is currently investigating this issue. Any assistance from members of the public would be greatly appreciated and rewards are on offer where the information provided may lead to identification of the individuals responsible.

    Vegetation growing on dune systems protects nearby infrastructure from erosion and provides crucial habitat for many endemic animal species. Coastal dunes provide very important protection against coastal hazards such as wind erosion, excessive wave action and tidal overruns during storm events.

    Council hopes that residents will take an active approach in understanding the need for coastal areas to remain in a natural vegetated condition and assist Council to protect not only the natural environment, but in the longer-term, people’s homes and properties.

    The community are reminded to report tree and vegetation vandalism to Council in accordance with the Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy.

    Reports of vandalism can be made online, by phone or in person.

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  • Selective Pruning and Seedling/Sucker Removal

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    On 18 August 2020 Shoalhaven City Council completed additional pruning at Trial Site 2 to further increase the size of selected view windows. Selective pruning was undertaken and included height reduction and side pruning from 35 percent to a maximum of 50 percent of any single shrub. Additional works included the removal of all Banksia seedlings/suckers from Trial site 2 and 60 percent removal from Trial Site 1. These works were carried out in accordance with Council’s Second Addendum Review of Environmental Factors. An independent Arborist supervised the works and submitted an Arboricultural Report which is included in the Document Library on this page.

  • Council Meeting - September 2020

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    At Shoalhaven City Council's 8 September Strategy & Assets Committee meeting, it was agreed to allocate funds to complete the remaining actions in the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Action Plan. The two-year trial period is due to be completed in December 2020.

  • Removal of Root Suckers and Seedlings

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    As part of the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan, Banksia species were initially trimmed in September 2018 to provide filtered views of the Bay in an attempt to deter vandalism.

    Additional Trimming occurred on 12 December 2019 which consisted of selective height reduction and pruning of sides that impede the view windows. Pruning of shrubs did not exceed 25 per cent of the crown mass. To view all of the pruning images visit the Before and After Pruning Photos Library on this web page.

    Pruning also occurred on 18 August 2020. Photos will be published soon.

  • Feedback Invited on Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy

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    by Madelaine North,
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    31 July 2019

    Shoalhaven City Council has developed a Draft Shoalhaven Tree and Vegetation Vandalism Prevention Policy which aims to reduce and prevent the incidence of continued vandalism to trees and vegetation throughout the Shoalhaven.

    The draft Policy has been developed in light of persistent tree and vegetation vandalism on Council owned or managed public reserves throughout the Local Government Area.

    Council invites members of the community to view the draft Policy online and provide feedback by 28 August 2019. Alternatively, copies of the draft Policy are available for viewing at Council’s Nowra or Ulladulla Administration Buildings.

    Submissions can be made by:

    All submissions must be received by 5.00pm Wednesday 28 August 2019.

    Find out more and provide feedback at www.getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/tree-and-vegetation-vandalism-prevention

  • Viewing Platform Installed at Berry Street Beach Access

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    by Madelaine North,
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    March 2019

    A viewing platform was installed at the Berry Street beach access in accordance with the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan.

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  • Bench Seat Installed at Susan Street Beach Access Point

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    January 2019

    A bench seat has been installed at the western end of Susan Street beach access, adjacent to the pathway with the end splayed - as per the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan.

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  • Signage Installed

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    by Madelaine North,
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    September 2018

    Explanatory signs have been installed at the two trial sites in order to encourage the local community to take ownership of the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan and to inform the public of the purpose of the sites.



  • Trimming of Trial Site 2

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    by Madelaine North,
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    September 2018

    As part of the Collingwood Beach Dune Vegetation Two-Year Trial Action Plan, Banksia species were initially trimmed in September 2018 to provide filtered views of the Bay in an attempt to deter vandalism.

    View images of before and after the pruning...

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