Byron Main Beach is clean and green
KEEPING Byron Bay’s Main Beach clean is a labour of love for Veda Turner.
The long-time member of Byron’s Green and Clean Awareness Team has been helping the beach look its best for the past 11 years, and yesterday he and other volunteers were recognised for their efforts.
Main Beach was named the Northern Rivers winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge for 2009. The beach also picked up the Litter Prevention award and a commendation in the in the Resource Recovery category of the awards.
Clean Beach assessor for the region, Dan Meehan, said Main Beach ‘had it all’.
“Due to its popularity with tourists and residents alike, this fragile beach environment comes under pressure every day. It is the strong partnerships and dedicated volunteers who protect this magnificent beach,” he said.
Mr Turner was thrilled to receive the awards and said they reflected the hard work put in by the whole community in looking after the beach.
The Green and Clean Awareness Team is at the beach on the third Sunday of each month, picking up rubbish and revegetating the dunes.
The group also work with local schools to educate young people about caring for the beach.
Mr Turner said he never tired of his work.
“I don’t look on it as a chore when I go to do some dune care. It’s an area that’s become part of me.”
Other winners in the awards were: Tallow Beach (Resource Recovery), Airforce Beach, Evans Head (Water Conservation), Dreamtime Fingal (Young Legends), Lennox Head (Community Partnerships and Action) and Fingal Head and South Ballina to Airforce (Environmental Protection).