Wetland Care Australia?s Cassie Burns, Russell Logan and Tweed Shire Coastal/River co-ordinator Tom Alletson
Wetland Care Australia?s Cassie Burns, Russell Logan and Tweed Shire Coastal/River co-ordinator Tom Alletson

Plans to restrict access to Fingal peninsula



FINGAL Aborigines are planning to install boom gates to restrict access to Letitia Spit as part of an ongoing project to restore key wetland areas on the peninsula.

Tweed-Byron Aboriginal Land Council chairman Russell Logan says the gates would be erected at the start of the dirt road which leads to popular fishing and picnic spots.

He said they would be locked at nights in a bid to stop hoons from destroying regeneration works on the Aborigine-owned peninsula, particularly around Sponsors Lagoon and Kerosene Inlet.

He said both the police and Tweed council had been supportive of the plan which still needed to be finetuned to accommodate various interest groups, including fishermen.

Mr Logan was speaking after Tweed MP Neville Newell announced a $44,524 grant to restore parts of the peninsula to their pristine state.

"Our biggest problem is four- wheel drives. Even though we've erected fences and gates to protect the areas under rehabilitation the vehicle owners simply knock them down," Mr Logan said.

Mr Logan said the land council's aim was to turn the peninsula into a tourist mecca, including bird-watchers, bushwalkers and fishermen who'd be drawn by a rejuvenated environment.

The grant was one of three announced for the Tweed yesterday under the state government's environmental trust totalling almost $295,000.

The other projects include a stocktake of the health and extent of the Cobaki wetlands ($149,994) and restoration of the banks of Byrill Creek ($100,000)



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