It's time to care for local beach
CASUARINA residents will now have the opportunity to be more involved in the stewardship, care and restoration of the dunal area of their local beach.
The Casuarina Beach Coastcare group launched yesterday with a promise to play an important role in the education, communication and liaison between the residents, the land manager – NSW Land and Property Management Authority – and Tweed Shire Council.
Group president Ralph Penridge said it was important residents understood the ongoing status of the dune and when and why certain activities occurred.
“We feel it is critical the locals become involved now and understand the ecosystem that is being re-established there,” Mr Penridge said.
“The dune restoration process is currently being undertaken by contractors, but as in all beachfront communities, it will eventually become the responsibility of the community to maintain the dune.
“To that end we are already in the process of establishing five separate teams of volunteers to be trained fully in the skills of dune restoration.”
Council’s Community and Natural Resources director David Oxenham said Casuarina Beach Coastcare and Tweed Shire Council had jointly developed and agreed on a foreshore vegetation maintenance plan for 3.5 kilometres of Casuarina Beach dune.
“Tweed Shire Council and Casuarina Beach Coastcare have also committed to a co-ordinated partnership approach to managing the coastal foreshore vegetation and dunes of Casuarina Beach – by way of a Memorandum of Understanding between the parties,” Mr Oxenham said.
Mr Penridge said in the short term the role of Casuarina Coastcare was to ensure that everyone understood the importance of the work being done and how the residents could assist in the process.
“In the longer term it will be up to us, the community, to continue the good work currently being undertaken to ensure the balance is maintained,” Mr Penridge said.