The Friends of Minda Dunes was formed in May 2019 with the assistance of City of Holdfast Bay and Natural Resource Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Management (NRAMLR) and the Department of Environment (DEW). Minda Dunes is located in the landscape board of Green Adelaide.
The Friends of Minda Dunes work to protect and care for the delicate biodiversity on the primary and secondary dunes at North Brighton. Our friends group care for over 17,000 new plants introduced to the dunes during winter and spring 2019 to 2021. Each year since we have added thousands of more seedlings and witnessed the natural regeneration of this precious site. Our vision is for the revegetation of the sand dunes and the re-establishment of the former coastal ecosystem. Volunteers meet on a Tuesday morning to weed, water in the summer months and planting in autumn. In June 2023 a new area at the edge of the coastal path was reclaimed from a weedy lawn and planted with 950 seedlings to create a habitat for the many butterflies that visit and inhabit the Minda Dunes. This included planting over 100 Adriana quadripartita to provide habitat for the Bitter Bush Blue Butterfly which has disappeared from much of Adelaide's metropolitan coast.
The new Minda Coastal Park path which passes through the Minda Dunes linking Somerton Park to Gladstone Rd was opened by Hon. Corey Wingard, MP, in October 2019.The area is unique in that it is located on private land owned by Minda Inc at North Brighton and contains some of the last remnant dune vegetation located on the coast.