Fingal Head Coastcare president Kay Bolton with Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council’s Gina Combo along with supporters.
Fingal Head Coastcare president Kay Bolton with Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council’s Gina Combo along with supporters. Craig Sadler

Fighting back on Letitia Spit

DISTURBING endangered birds, ripping up dunes and dumping rubbish are just a few illegal activities that are hoped to be eradicated in Fingal Head with the construction of a new sign.

Illegal 4WD activity at Letitia Spit has caused the Tweed Byron Local Aboriginal Land Council to place a sign stating, “Private property, trespassers will be prosecuted,” in order to stop the destructive 4WD behaviour.

Fingal Head Coastcare president Kay Bolton said the illegal behaviour needs to stop before it is too late.

“Illegal off-road four-wheel-driving, boat launching, quad and motor bike activities, rubbish dumping, camping and dangerous and illegal fires are causing havoc to the environment,” Ms Bolton said.

“On the beaches, both coastal and river, the surrounding area and dunal system is being completely destroyed. Dunal vegetation which holds the dunes together is virtually non existent. Deep tracks develop and research is now showing driving on beaches causes destruction of structure and has long-term detrimental effects.

“All these illegal activities and dogs destroy the habitat and safety of nesting sites for many birds and animals, including green turtles.”

Fingal Head Community Association president John Parker said the association had pledged full support to stop the issue.

“Illegal four-wheel-driving and other activities which are causing the destruction of the fragile environment of Letitia Spit have been discussed at a number of our community association meetings,” Mr Parker said.

“Illegal camp fires are also of concern, as these can, and have, caused bushfires in the past.

The Fingal Head Community Association would like to see this problem addressed and will support initiatives to achieve a solution.”

The Tweed Bird Observers are also concerned nationally endangered beach stone curlew, which have not been sighted since October last year, may have become victims of the illegal activities.

The sign to stop illegal 4WD behaviour is the first step to get the ball rolling, with more signs planned for the future.



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