Eyre Peninsula landowner calls for coastal protection

RUBBISH: Some of the rubbish left at Moonlight Bay.

RUBBISH: Some of the rubbish left at Moonlight Bay.

A local landowner is hoping to see more on the ground work to protect local coastlines.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula has received concerns from communities about issues facing local beaches including marine debris and vehicle use.

NREP southern district manager Peter Wilkins said the organisation had a dedicated coastal program to look after priority sites.

“Each year we open up a call for expression of interest to EP community groups for funding to complete coastal protection work,” he said.

Mr Wilkins said the recently completed Coastal Vehicle Access Decision Making Framework provided councils with recommendations for the protection and use of coastal assets.

However for local landowner Dion Lebrun plans and programs are not enough without on the ground work to back them up.

Mr Lebrun, who raised concerns about Moonlight Bay including vehicle use, said he felt local Natural Resource Management officers were not able to do more due to financial constraints.

“They are the ones who have relationships with landowners,” he said.

“Due to serious budget constraints there’s not enough money to get on the ground to get work done.”

Lower Eyre Peninsula District Council chief executive officer Rod Pearson said people were encouraged to enjoy the local beaches but must also be responsible.

“Drivers on public beaches have a duty of care to all other beach users, and should be mindful of their impact on the environment, including to local birdlife and for protection of sand dunes,” he said.