Colin Hocking


Sisters Beach Wildcare 

For two years, we have worked to protect the paperbark woodland at Sisters Creek Estuary from erosion, by laying brush matting and replanting with local native plants. We have monitored the growth of the dominant species, Melaleuca ericifolia, and used photo points to follow changes in plant growth and coastal erosion, over time.

The foreshore, including estuary, at Sisters Beach is clearly being eroded, principally by storm surge events that periodically flood the revegetation site . We have found that brush matting, combined with robust, small mesh tree guards, have mostly prevented young plants from being crushed by storm surge waves, and associated flotsam. A recent major storm surge has knocked down young plants on the sea-ward edge of the site. Plans are being prepared to counter these impacts. The methods we are using, and outcomes to date, may be useful for groups looking to protect their foreshores from coastal erosion.


Read more about the Sisters Beach group here