Local foreshore and participants growing towards wellness

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Erskine’s Aqueous Foreshore is in better shape thanks to the efforts of local Growing Towards Wellness participants.

The City of Mandurah engaged the program to help implement a foreshore management plan in front of the Aqueous Apartments in Erskine.

Growing Towards Wellness is a program that provides support for young people with mental health issues through horticultural training.

Over the last year, participants have been successfully managing the foreshore vegetation through techniques including thick mulching, hand weeding and planting that have significantly reduced the resurgence of Veldt Grass which covered most of the area prior.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the City had a strong emphasis on people and partnerships to help deliver outcomes for the community and local environment.

“From big picture planning and action to community-level engagement, the City tackles environmental management from many angles,” she said.

“This is a great example of supporting mental health recovery through meaningful outdoor activities and participation.

“The attention to detail that this group have applied to their work in Erskine not only helps the City maintain this area but also the participants’ wellbeing and skill development.”

The City manages nearly 1000 hectares of bushland and 51km of coastline and recognises the importance that it is cared for and managed well.

For more information on the City’s environmental management and planning, visit www.mandurah.wa.gov.au/environment.