More hands needed for Baudin Beach working bees on Kangaroo Island

WORKING BEE: Willing workers Dean Modra and Des Gubbin would love to have you join them for working bees fixing up the walkways. Photo Janet Modra
WORKING BEE: Willing workers Dean Modra and Des Gubbin would love to have you join them for working bees fixing up the walkways. Photo Janet Modra

The walkways and steps over the sand dunes at Baudin Beach are being repaired by the Baudin Beach Progress Association.

The works are being organised by association member Des Gubbin, who happens to be a qualified carpenter.

Des has organised a series of Sunday working bees between 10am and 1pm and has appointed Dean Modra as a leading hand.

"Dean has been a regular participant at the working bees and his help has been of great assistance for the project success so far," Des said.

If anyone would like to assist the volunteers, contact Des via email dsandkcgubbin@bigpond.com or 0417 294 809 for further information on participation details.

There is also an opportunity for mutual benefit as participants will learn a few carpentry skills and the Baudin Beach sand dunes will remain protected from erosion, he said.

"The reduced foot traffic in the dunes that the three sets of steps and walkways have provided over the years to the beach have been instrumental in preservation of the dune system at Baudin Beach," he said.

Materials for the repairs have been allocated by the progress association, for which he was very grateful.

Baudin Beach residents also welcomed the council's recent work to tidy vegetation, helping to prepare the community for the coming fire season.

Officers from the KI Council are currently inspecting properties around the Island to ensure fuel load and fire risk are reduced over the coming season. Grass, weeds and undergrowth needs to be kept under 10cm in height or a clean-up order could be issued. See details in Council Matters section on Page 5 of The Islander.

The American River Progress Association meanwhile met last week. Discussions included public consultation on the proposed levee bank that will protect the community from inundation and rising sea levels.

The exact height and extent of the seawall was discussed at the progress association meeting. More in next week's Islander.

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