Protection for headland
PROTECTION for the Hastings Point sensitive marine environment took another step forward yesterday, when NSW Lands Minister Tony Kelly announced a new coastal reserve.
The new reserve will protect the Hastings Point rocky foreshore from "indiscriminate harvesting of invertebrates such as sea urchins and various species of molluscs", Mr Kelly said.
The announcement comes after the Daily News highlighted illegal "chipping" of the foreshore rock-shelf sea life for food.
Hastings Point Marine Environment Centre chief Ted Brambleby has made no secret of his disappointment over the constant pillaging of the Hastings Point rocky foreshore.
The NSW government recently confirmed a permanent home site for the marine environment centre.
Mr Kelly conceded that Tweed Shire Council rangers, who will be responsible for the Hastings Point Rocky Foreshore Reserve, would be unable to be on site 24 hours a day to guarantee protection.
He said it would be up to the public to assist by reporting illegal collecting from the rocks.
Mr Kelly said similar systems were in place for reporting other illegal activity on coastal reserves and parklands across NSW.
"This new reserve and the marine centre will together support the local and regional economy by creating jobs and investment and provide opportunities for education and training," Mr Kelly said.
"The area has been under threat from high visitation and we are determined to adequately protect it."
Tweed MP Neville Newell said the Hastings Point rocky foreshore and outer reef were unique.
He said it was the only rocky foreshore in NSW "protected seaward by a long expanse of orb reef acting as a nursery, refuge and recruit- ment zone" for marine life.
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