Importance of Vegetation on Foreshore ReservesGreat Lakes Council values the life of native vegetation and actively works to preserve it. Vegetation:
- is an iconic part of the Australian landscape;
- acts as a wind break to houses and infrastructure susceptible to salt laden / prevailing winds;
- creates serenity and a sense of place for the local area;
- anchors the soil;
- filters the water;
- provides shade;
- provides food and habitat for fauna;
- acts as a movement corridor for fauna;
- provides natural history;
- holds high cultural values to Indigenous Australians.
There are numerous legislative Acts that support the protection and conservation of native vegetation. Many government agencies, including Great Lakes Council, have developed policies to endorse these Acts.
Removal of Vegetation on Foreshore Reserves
All too often vegetation within foreshore reserves is subject to vandalism. Under Council's Illegal Removal of Vegetation policy, where vegetation vandalism occurs Council will erect a fence and signage in an attempt to protect the area and allow the process of regeneration to occur. Constructed fences are not permanent structures and will be removed once the vegetation within the targeted area is self sustaining.
The intentional damage of vegetation effects the entire community. The loss of this vegetation means a reduction in:
- quality of life for foreshore residents and visitors;
- spaces for recreational activities;
- local aesthetics;
- water quality;
Damaged / vandalised vegetation creates a domino effect on surrounding vegetation. Effected vegetation allows for weeds to invade, thus degrading the area. This increases the chance for erosion to occur and degrades the local micro climate. Vegetation vandalism is a crime and Council will investigate all attacks on native vegetation. Heavy fines apply following a conviction associated with vandalism of vegetation.
In light of increasing tree/vegetation vandalism being experienced by Council, Council has developed a Vegetation Vandalism Brochure.