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Grassland is under threat

Justin Couper examines grassland on Woolgoolga Headland.
Justin Couper examines grassland on Woolgoolga Headland. TREVOR VEALE

KANGAROO grasslands are under pressure as more visitors watch whales from Woolgoolga Headland.

The grasslands on the headland are part of a threatened ecological community, Themeda Grasslands, which are diminishing on coastal headlands on the coastline of NSW.

EnviTE project officer Justin Couper has been managing the headland and has noticed more foot traffic making use of informal tracks over the last whale watching season.

The headland is a prime whale viewing site because of its unlimited ocean views and more visitors are expected to come to the headland as word continues to grow.

He said increased foot traffic would end up in weed infestation along path boundaries and beyond. Weeds such as exotic grasses smother the kangaroo grass community in a short space of time.

EnviTE has been working diligently on the Woolgoolga headland and other headland sites on the Coffs Coast to ensure the survival of the themeda grasslands.

This vegetation community is likely to become extinct in nature in NSW unless the circumstances and factors threatening its survival cease to operate.



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