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Wicks announces $55,000 for restoration of Umina sand dunes

The sand dunes at Umina/Ocean Beach on the NSW Central Coast are undergoing restoration by the Umina Community Group thanks to a $55,000 grant from Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS).

Lucy Wicks, Federal Member for Robertson recently announced this important win for the local community.

The grant from Greater Sydney LLS will allow improved weed control, revegetation and rubbish removal. Education activities including newsletters, training sessions, seminars and the installation of interpretive signs will also be a focus of this important restoration project.

The Umina Community Group will use the funds to employ professional bush regenerators to undertake the bulk of the weed removal works, and a team of local volunteers from the Umina community will work with the bush regenerators and follow up with revegetation by planting local native species including Spinifex grass, Pigface and Coastal Wattle.

Tony Winch, Umina Community Group member said this is very exciting news for Umina Beach and the environment. The dunes are in a poor state through the infestation of weeds including Bitou Bush, Lantana, Turkey Rhubarb and Asparagus Fern, and are littered with rubbish.

 'Volunteer groups including the South Street Bushcare group, the Peninsula Dunecare group, and the newly formed Umina Community Dunecare group will be involved' Mr Winch said.

Dan Keating, Senior Land Services Officer for Greater Sydney  LLS said "the group's commitment to the dune restoration and their willingness to engage with the local community including Umina Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Umina Public School will certainly contribute to the success of this project, we are proud to be able to support this effort with a significant grant".

This project consisting of weed control, revegetation and rubbish removal on 3.8 hectares of sand dune in Umina is supported by LLS through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.

Local residents are invited to a public information evening to be held at 7pm on 23 July at the Umina Beach Surf Lifesaving Club. Volunteers are welcome and should contact any members of the above groups or visit Umina Community Group for more details.