Award for job well done
TWO Tweed beaches have been recognised in the 2004 Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge awards announced this week.
Hastings Point has been awarded the Country Energy Beach Spirit Award which recognises coastal communities who turn problems into opportunities.
Hastings Point Dune Care Group president Vic Brill said the group, which formed four years ago, was proud of its achievement.
"We're there to enjoy ourselves and make the environment better and have 11 members," he said.
"A lot of regenerating vegetation has been done in a four-hectare area, after fire damage which occurred about three years ago."
Mr Brill said the group had council support and also a federal grant which enabled them to plant more than 2000 trees this year.
"We have cleared other areas and helped to eradicate weeds like the bitou bush," he said.
"We're fortunate to have had the help of work-forthe-dole schemes and Greencorps."
Mr Brill, who has been president of the group for three years, said this was the first time the group had entered the awards.
The judges looked for evidence of beach community hardship - economic, environmental or elemental and the community's response. The judges' comments were that fire was Hastings Point's main threat to beach flora and fauna and fires had previously caused damage to dune vegetation in regeneration areas.
Hastings Point was also highly commended in the Community Action Award and Casuarina Beach was highly commended in the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources Natural Heritage Award.