Vandals damage Dirawong’s year

A GREAT year for the Dirawong community has been marred by vandalism.

Signs have been defaced and stolen, and picnic tables burned.

Repairing and replacing this infrastructure takes energy from other programs and means we have less of our own funds to add to grant-supported projects.

The worst and most upsetting damage this year was the illegal removal of about 25 mature trees from the top of the cliff north of Red Hill by paragliding enthusiasts in order to create a 'jump-off' pad.

Trees in such an exposed area take many, many years to grow to maturity.

This area will now be fenced off and signage will be erected.

The local official paragliding organisation, Northern Rivers Hang Gliding Paragliding Club, was equally appalled by a behaviour that brings the sport into disrepute and is supporting the establishment of appropriate signage.

Another danger with the potential to threaten all our work, not to mention Evans Head itself, is the lighting of camp fires.

Camp fires of any kind or in any place on the reserve and its beaches are not allowed. Don't do it - and if you see others lighting fires, dial 000 for the bush fire brigade. The firies say they would rather answer a call to put out a camp fire than have to fight a major fire.- Elaine Saunders



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