Funding to protect Eyre Peninsula's saltmarshes

Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board will begin land care measures to protect Eyre Peninsula's subtropical and temperate saltmarshes thanks to federal government funding

The Australian Government's Regional Land Partnership program will provide the board with $1.88 million over four years to improve and secure saltmarshes located along the Eyre Peninsula's coastline.

The funding will go towards gaining a better understanding hydrological flows through monitoring and improvements to coastal infrastructure, undertaking actions to improve shorebird recovery and selected revegetation.

The Eyre Peninsula coastline, which spans 3292 kilometres and has 16 coastal embayments, has one third of South Australia's intertidal samphire habitat and includes about 23 per cent of the national distribution of temperate coastal saltmarsh.

Natural resources management officer Liz McTaggart is overseeing the project and said she was looking forward to working with the community on these projects.

"The funding will allow Natural Resources Staff to access independent research scientists and organisations to deliver actions to directly address many of the issues," she said.

"In other areas we need to understand more deeply the complexity of what's compounding and driving changes, so we'll be busy with baseline surveys and utilising some of the latest technology, such as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) to plan and prepare for retreat of species and sea level rise into the future."

Ms McTaggart said Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula would be inviting the Eyre Peninsula community and visitors to learn more about the saltmarshes through planned workshops and to get involved by becoming a volunteer bird observer or help create raingardens to improve water movement through the saltmarshes.

Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management Board presiding member Mark Whitfield said the board was happy to have received this funding for this initiative.

"As a Board we are always looking at ways to protect and enhance ecosystems that support thriving fish and invertebrate nursery grounds and improve conditions for our most threatened shorebird populations," he said.

"There is much to learn in these saltmarshes, especially the contribution that they make to our overall community.

"I encourage you to get involved and support the NRM staff in the delivery of this important and exiting new project."