Whyalla City Council has been successful in securing $10,000 of grant funding from the Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board’s Grassroots Grants program for its Northern Coastline track closure project.
Samuel Bourne, Council’s Project Manager of Landscape has said that the project aims to reduce damage to native vegetation through track closure and track rationalization processes, as well as improving habitat amenity and vegetation quality.
Mr Bourne is advising local 4WD enthusiasts that 1.5 tonne rocks will be strategically placed to block access to the illegal tracks, allowing the damaged areas to be repaired.
The rocks will serve dual purpose as a barrier whilst offering habitat to native wildlife.
The tracks will also be ‘ripped’ to help them recover and capture native seed, allowing them to return into intact native vegetation.
Two tracks at Douglas Point South Hill will be closed - one begins at Parakeely Retreat, leading to the summit of the hill, while the other continues from a previously blocked off extension of Quandong Drive, leading to One Shack Bay.
Vehicles will continue to be able to drive on a designated single road to the scenic lookout at the top of Douglas Point South Hill to enjoy the views on offer.
At the Fitzgerald Bay campsite, multiple access points from Gulf View Drive will be closed and rehabilitated.