Jocelyn Steele with Fingal Beach in the background. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News
Jocelyn Steele with Fingal Beach in the background. Photo: Blainey Woodham / Daily News Blainey Woodham

Fingal cleans up in clean beach awards

A WHOPPING 30 years of selfless contribution by Fingal Head Coastcare volunteers has earned the beach a finalist position in every category of the regional NSW Clean Beaches awards.

Fingal scooped the pool for seven categories, including cultural heritage, environmental protection, safety and services, and the overall clean beach category.

Coastcare secretary Jocelyn Steele said the annual competition provided excellent motivation to improve the beach year by year.

"I think the judges were very impressed with the energy put into making Fingal special," Mrs Steele said.

"This is a fantastic, wonderful achievement and it's very well earned.

"Looking after our beaches is supremely important and I think Fingal is paramount to that."

Coastcare's efforts at Fingal included "lots of planting trees and keeping out exotic species and weeds", with Coastcare always looking for new recruits.

"It's a matter of maintaining this energy we have and getting new people to come into the group so our focus on keeping the beach special remains important," Mrs Steele said.

The regional Clean Beaches award will be presented at Ballina Surf Club on Thursday, with the state ceremony taking place on December 13 at Horizons, South Maroubra.

"It's such a great achievement to be finalists in every category and a win would be the icing on the cake."

If you are interested in volunteering, head to tweedlandcare.org.au for more information.



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