Artists work on the container at Cabarita Beach.
Artists work on the container at Cabarita Beach. Mindy Clarke

Shipping container's makeover

THE Goanna Track at Cabarita Beach has long been a favourite spot for locals to access the beach.

It's a very special area.

Identified recently as an environmentally significant site, Dunecare has been working to rehabilitate and regenerate the native and precious flora and fauna that call the track area home.

A large shipping container houses the tools needed to do the job.

But while it is functional, it's not very pretty.

Dunecare has remedied this by bringing in local talented artists to paint a mural on the container.

Dunecare's Ashley Baldry said the mural would serve a dual function.

"Obviously it will greatly improve the look of the container and by providing a beautiful feature to the landscape," he said.

"But it will also serve as an educational tool.

"Artists are depicting local flora and fauna.

"The mural is primarily a piece of public art but it will also serve to educate and inspire local residents and visitors.

"It will highlight some of the rare and endangered flora and fauna in the area including the Glossy Black Cockatoo, Pink Nodding Orchid and the Endangered Ecological Community of Callitris Pines.

"We will also use the mural on National Tree Day as an outdoor classroom for the pupils of the local primary school.

"Materials and funding have been provided by Tweed Shire Council and Cabarita Beach Bowls and Sports Club."

The outdoor classroom will allow students to identify species.

"The mural will reflect the landscape around it in the same colours," Mr Baldry said.

Dunecare works tirelessly to bring back an endangered eco-community on the site.

The group has planted trees that are fast-growing and will form a protective canopy for the delicate ecosystem.

The group is looking for volunteers.

If you can help, phone Ashley Baldry at Cabarita/Bogangar Dunecare on 02 6676 3400.



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