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Tweed beaches win three Keep Australia Beautiful awards

Fingal Head Public school students Kalea and Budjerah were just some of many volunteers who helped keep the beach clean.
Fingal Head Public school students Kalea and Budjerah were just some of many volunteers who helped keep the beach clean. John Gass

THREE Tweed beaches have won Keep Australia Beautiful Awards.

Fingal Head, Cabarita Beach and Hastings Point communities were praised at the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches State Award on Friday.

Fingal won the Litter and Waste Management and the Environmental Protection awards, Cabarita Beach won the Community Partnerships and Action Award and Hastings Point was highly commended in the Young Legends Award.

"These awards are for the whole community," Fingal Head Coastcare president Kay Bolton said.

"Fingal Head's efforts been supported by the community and particularly the school."

Ms Bolton said the Tweed "cleaned up" at the regional awards earlier this year that set the stage for success in the state awards.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland said the communities should be proud of their efforts.

"We can all be proud that our Tweed Coast beaches have topped three out of the seven categories in the awards and they are the only far north coast beaches among the state winners," he said.

"We are blessed with wonderful beaches but of equal importance, we have wonderful communities on the Tweed Coast who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their local environment."

"These awards are a tribute to our active volunteer Dune Care groups who operate along the Tweed Coast, professionally supported by staff from council's Natural Resource Management section."

The Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beaches - Connecting our Coast Awards encourage and recognise coastal communities, local councils, volunteers and surf lifesaving clubs who protect the state's coastline.

The program empowers coastal communities to actively work for a cleaner, more sustainable environment through the sharing of knowledge, experience and resources.

Huskisson Beach, on the NSW South Coast, was named the Overall State Clean Beaches Award winner and will progress to the national awards.

Topics:  cabarita, fingal, hastings point, keep australia beautiful



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