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Council to assist Macquarie University students undertake coastal management field works

Shoalhaven City Council is helping students from Macquarie University Department of Environmental Sciences undertake field works on coastal management in the Jervis Bay area from next week.

The students will undertake vegetation and dune topography surveys at Collingwood Beach as well as water quality monitoring on a number of waterways discharging into the Bay.

As part of the field works, the students will also be surveying local residents and visitors to assess community views regarding the coastal zone management and environmental values of Jervis Bay.

Mayor, Joanna Gash said the community surveys would prove valuable in helping Council gain a better understanding of any concerns of local residents regarding coastal management in the area.

The Mayor said it was important for local residents to understand that the upcoming topography and community surveys were a University project and not a project of Council.

“The partnership between Macquarie University and Council is an extremely positive and beneficial relationship for both organisations,” said Clr Gash.

“The upcoming coastal management field works will provide the students with hands on experience in undertaking valuable vegetation and dune topography surveys while also engaging with and seeking the views of the local community.

“The relationship allows Council staff to pass on their knowledge of the area to the students and in return the students will be gathering valuable information that will inform the future management of the area.”

The students will also be giving presentations of their results at the Huskisson Community Centre from 2pm on Friday 17 April.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

 

CONTACT: Mayor, Joanna Gash - 0427 160 172

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