Since 2011, Woodside and Conservation Volunteers Australia have been working in partnership on the Coastal Guardians Program. Unique to Western Australia, the program provides essential assistance to community groups, land managers and government agencies in improving priority coastal areas that are under threat from urban development and degradation. Each year, the program engages hundreds of volunteers from the community, including Woodside employees at key coastal sites across Perth and the Pilbara. Volunteers engage in conservation activities such as planting, erosion control and marine debris surveys. Each activity helps to improve ecosystem health, increase biodiversity and re-connect coastal corridors for our native flora and fauna, making a fundamental difference along Western Australia’s coastlines.
In addition to funding, Woodside supports local communities by providing opportunities for sustainability and capacity building. As a result, the program has had a significant positive impact on coastal communities since its inception.
Success in 2016
Coastal Guardians has had another highly successful year in 2016, with over 2600 volunteer hours contributing to priority coastal projects in the Perth and Pilbara regions. An impressive 5414 native shrubs and trees were planted, over 15,500 m2 of noxious weeds cleared and over 570 kg of marine debris collected. This effort was made by over 400 passionate community and Woodside volunteers, alongside 29 community groups, land managers and government agencies.
An exciting highlight this year, was the delivery of five Woodside volunteer days and ten community volunteering days delivered to Dampier and Karratha in the Pilbara region. Volunteers assisted the Murujuga Rangers in cleaning up beaches along the Burrup Peninsula. Within the Murujuga National Park, volunteers collected an amazing 80 kg of marine debris.
In addition Woodside kindly awarded Conservation Volunteers Australia with a generous donation to go towards the Coastal Guardians program as part of an employee event held in December. Funding will be used to provide more exciting opportunities for Woodside and community volunteers during the 2017 Coastal Guardians program.
“The Woodside CVA program is a valuable component in the City’s coastal management program. The outcomes are highly valued from an operational, environmental and from a community involvement perspective. The City supports the Woodside program and looks forward to a continuing involvement” – Sonja Creese, Conservation Coordinator, City of Rockingham
“It was great to give something back to the community and make a little contribution to making the coast a bit more beautiful” – Darren Hunter, Woodside employee.