Peter McLean and Ashley Baldry celebrating Cabarita Beach winning the State Clean Beach award.
Peter McLean and Ashley Baldry celebrating Cabarita Beach winning the State Clean Beach award. John Gass

Cabarita beach cleanest in NSW

THEY'VE done it again. Following hot on the heels of their multiple Northern Rivers Clean Beach Award wins, the Cabarita community has won the top state award and state Community Partnership and Action Award for their efforts in preserving the pristine beauty of Maggie's Beach, south of Norries Headland.

Maggies Beach has been named the overall winner of the program for 2012.

"NSW beaches are the envy of the world and none exemplifies this as much as Maggie's Beach and that is greatly due to the efforts of the Cabarita community," CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful Peter McLean said.

Mr McLean presented the awards to the community at Cabarita Beach on Wednesday, with local MP Geoff Provest and mayor of Tweed Shire Barry Longland commending the hard work and insight shown by locals in their challenge to sustain the coastal ecosystem.

"They are ensuring the future of this unique and beautiful beach for generations to come," Cr Longland said.

Mr Provest said the community did not work for glory or praise.

"The community acts as custodian of the land and should decide its future," he said.

"The Cabarita community has shown they are not only capable of achieving great things for their beach, but that their efforts will carry into the future for the benefit of everyone."

Mr McLean said Maggie's Beach is "a living testament to the community's commitment to the ongoing protection and conservation of the beach, headland and dune system."

"The community is justifiably very proud of their coastline," he said.

"The area is well signposted with interpretive signage well placed.

"The track constructed through the littoral rainforest and up the headland has been well planned to accommodate both the visitors wanting to get to the best vantage points, and the natural environment struggling to regenerate.

"A wide cross section of the community is involved in the management of the beach, young and old, including the surf clubs, local youth groups, schools and businesses.

"The efforts of the community deserve wide recognition."



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