SHELLY BEACH PROJECT
This project commenced in July 2001. It involved the installation of steps to replace an informal path,
and the removal of invasive weed species Lantana Bitou Bush and Senna. This site has been
managed as a natural bush regeneration area due to the rich Littoral Rainforest seed bank. It has
been very slow but is showing signs of good progress now. The new growth trees and shrubs are
starting to do their job of shading out the introduced grass species. This process will be ongoing for
several more years, the only work to be done by the group will be maintenance weeding.
One of the interesting results we found was the ability of Blady grass to out compete the introduced
grasses, mainly paspalum.
When walking up the steps the result of the plantings on the right hand shading out the annuals and
grasses side can be seen.
This is a very difficult site to work and the dedicated small group of experienced volunteers should
be congratulated on the results.
This reserve reached ecological maintenance and has been returned to the Council Natural Resources Section's
Bush Regeneration Team for ongoing maintenance.
Shelly Beach 2008 showing weed removal
Julie Ho and Janet Slater tackling Shelly Beach