Lennox meets the challenge
FOR Malcolm Milner, working on revegetating Lennox Head's Seven Mile Beach with native species wasn't just about making the beach look good.
The dunes, he said, were the first point of defence in the fight against global warming and predicted rises in sea level.
“We won't stop that, but we can avoid the impact for as long as we can,” the president of Lennox Head Landcare said.
“The beach has a narrow dune system and there is a lot of infrastructure behind it.”
The work of Lennox Head Landcare and the Lennox Head Residents' Association's Coastcare group, and the support they receive from Ballina Shire Council, on Friday was rewarded when the beach was named the Northern Rivers' regional winner in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Challenge.
The group has worked hard replacing the introduced bitou bush with native species like spinifex grass, which catch and hold the sand and stabilise the dune system.
The native grasses also leave room for shrubs like banksias to grow.
Now in its eighth year, the clean beach program recognises and rewards coastal communities, local councils, volunteers and surf life saving clubs for initiatives that enhance, protect and preserve the NSW coast- line.
Seven Mile Beach is now one of nine regional winners to contest the State award to be announced at Sydney's Taronga Zoo on December 5.
Ballina's Angels, Lighthouse and Shelly beaches each received highly-commended awards at the regional presentation held at the Lennox Head Surf Life Saving Club.