A stunning coastal icon of our headlands and dunes, the Pandanus, is the focus of a community conservation project to celebrate its cultural significance and to support its conservation on the Sunshine Coast.

Unitywater’s Community Sponsorship Program has funded this
initiative, enabling Coolum and North Shore Coast Care to work with Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners, historian Dr Ray Kerkhove and Pandanus
dieback mitigation expert, Joel Fostin.

Together, they have documented the extent and the many traditional
uses of the Pandanus species and its ‘breadfruit’, after having held
recent community information workshops. The impacts of the leafhopper pest and the mitigation measures needed to preserve this unique species have been the focus of workshops to save the Pandanus. The local Pandanus have developed crown rot, a condition which if left untreated, can kill the Pandanus and cause ‘dieback’ in populations.

If you would like to learn more about the historical use of and
Aboriginal heritage values of the Pandanus, an event will be held to
launch a free digital booklet on such, during NAIDOC week, Friday 7
July. This is event is at Point Arkwright Lookout and Park, beach access number 85 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

For more information about the project please contact Tony Gibson on MS0419791860, email tony.gibson@spirit3h.com.au

Go to http://coolumcoastcare.org.au/launch-of-pandanus-heritage-booklet/ to download the booklet.

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