Fingal pitches in for late clean-up
By MURRAY SIMPSON
AN ABANDONED alarm clock was one of the oddities swept up in yesterday's clean-up drive at Fingal Head.
And at Cook Island, 12 divers scoured the sea floor for rubbish.
Several hundred adults and children joined the Fingal tidy-up which was part of the Clean Up Australia campaign.
The clean-up drive was to have been held the previous weekend but had to be postponed on the Tweed because of wild weather.
However, Fingal co-ordinator Kay Bolton said it was well worth the effort.
"We've filled two skips and could probably do with more," she said.
"It's quite incredible how much we've gathered up. There's been an awful lot of glass."
Amongst the assorted junk was the best part of a complete car.
"But we weren't too keen on the upholstery," she joked.
Spearheading the Fingal drive were the Tweed-Byron Local Aboriginal Council, the Fingal Head Coast Care group and the Fingal Head Community Association.
The operation was one of several on the Tweed utilising the more settled weather.
A team of divers from Tweed Seasport attacked the popular dive spot of Cook Island.
Group spokesman Peter Comerford said it was surprising how much rubbish was dumped in the water by recreational users of what is a marine reserve.
"There seems to be an outof-sight, out-of-mind attitude," he said.
The divers scoured the sea floor picking up fishing lines, broken rods, beer cans and other debris.
There was even an old bicycle dumped in the waters.
"Our recreation is under water we like to know our waters are clean. We take a lot of pride in the area," said Mr Comerford.