In line with a call late last year, residents are being urged to serve as custodians of the region’s key natural attractions. With that in mind, volunteers were sought this week for the first community coastal rehabilitation session of the year to be held at Gnarabup on Sunday, April 2. The Shire of Augusta Margaret River and Nature Conservation Margaret River Region said the work to conserve the headland would help combat degradation across the site off Ocean View Road. Shire acting environmental landcare services co-ordinator Kay Lehman said the headland was “a unique but fragile area” that would benefit from protective works including brush laying. “It’s great to get the community involved in on-ground projects to work together to care for our local coastline and make a meaningful difference,” she said. “The initiative is just one part of the Shire’s Prevelly Gnarabup Foreshore Plan and Nature Conservation’s Caring for Coast program which will see a series of community rehabilitation sessions undertaken between the Margaret River Mouth Beach and Gas Bay over the coming months.” Volunteers would work alongside dedicated regulars from the Margaret River Coastal Residents Association. Nature Conservation facilitator Mandy Edwards said last year saw many successful community planting days along the coast, with hundreds of volunteers planting more than 1000 native plants and laying down several tonnes of recycled brush on fragile dunes. “We’re thrilled with the community’s response and hope their commitment will continue throughout the year with our future community busy bees,” she said. “We’d like to remind everyone to be sun smart on the day. Be sure to bring along water, shoes, sun protection and gloves if you have them.” The first day will be held on Sunday, April 2, between 10am and 12pm at the Ocean View Road Carpark at Gnarabup. Morning tea would be provided and the White Elephant Cafe is offering a free coffee to participants, but bookings were essential via firstname.lastname@example.org.