A Circular Head rehabilitation project will improve conditions for native species to flourish and promote the area’s natural values.

The West Inlet Rehabilitation project is a Cradle Coast Authority NRM-funded Land Manager grant of $15,000 to the Circular Head Council.

The project site is a remnant melaleuca forest and coastal saltmarsh wetland adjacent to the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery and included the development of a management plan, weed control and signage to promote the natural values of saltmarsh and the area.

Vishnu Prahalad is a lecturer in environmental management at the University of Tasmania based in Hobart and spoke at the launch on Saturday, July 14.

“The Circular Head area is home to large areas of coastal saltmarshes and other wetlands,” Vishnu Prahalad said.

“They are important fish nurseries and provide a buffer for flood and storm surge protection. The natural values are also an important tourism resource.

“Local stewardship is critical for conserving our fish nurseries and other natural amenities and values.”

The West Inlet coastal buffer is adjacent to the Circular Head Lawn Cemetery and is owned by Circular Head Council.

Coastal saltmarshes were listed in 2013 as a Vulnerable Ecological Community under Federal legislation, the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

This legislation acknowledges that wetlands are important coastal ecosystems which face threats arising from human activities, invasive species and climate change.

Circular Head Council Natural Resource Management Officer Bill Walker said it was great to see the Council initiative supported by Cradle Coast Authority NRM and the Federal Government.

“It is pleasing that we can have a functional cemetery with such high-quality wetlands right there beside it,” Mr Walker said.

The Circular Head Council received funding from Cradle Coast Authority NRM, through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

Natural Values Consulting was engaged by Circular Head Council to carry out a Natural Values assessment of the site, map weeds, and produce a management plan with recommendations.  The survey area is approximately 4.3 hectares and adjacent to the Lawn Cemetery.