1. Geoffrey Bay Foreshore
Coastcare signage at the bottom of Gabul Way welcomes visitors to Geoffrey Bay.
Turtles have nested on Geoffrey Bay foreshore, almost as far inland as the road.
> READ: Island Tackles Turtle Problems (ABC NQ 2011)
> READ: Wulgurukaba Turtle Art Unveiling 2012
(Photo: Wulguru Turtle Art)
Geoffrey Bay foreshore is zoned “Environmental Management and Conservation” in the Townsville City Council’s planning scheme, in recognition of its environmental values and purposes. Preserving the natural foreshore of Geoffrey Bay has many advantages.
Vehicles on the foreshore parkland can compact the sandy soil and crush nests of turtles and rainbow bee-eaters below, so in partnership with Council we installed bollards to manage vehicular access but still allow plenty of space for parking.
Red Tailed Cockatoos
Red tailed black cockatoos eat Terminalia fruits and Casuarina seeds at Geoffrey Bay. Arcadia Coastcare have planted more Terminalias and Casuarinas for them.
Shorebirds feed and roost along Geoffrey Bay, including common sandpipers, whimbrels, eastern curlews and tattlers, some travelling thousands of kilometres to get here.
To help shorebirds, Birdlife Australia recommends that dog owners ensure that their dog is under effective control when visiting beaches. Townsville City Council acknowledges that dogs on leads help look after shorebirds.
> READ: Sharing our Beaches with Birds
> READ: Dogs for Shorebirds