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Fingal Head has cleaned up at this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) Clean Beach National Awards. Fingal Head’s recent win in the NSW KAB Connecting Our Coast Awards qualified Fingal Head to enter these National awards. One of the categories was Young Legends which was won by Fingal Head Public School, adding to their wins in 2013 and 2011 Australian Clean Beaches judge Averil Bones said: “the school, in conjunction with Fingal Head Coastcare, has an ongoing environmental education, bush regeneration and dune protection program.”
President of Fingal Head Coastcare, Kay Bolton, said the win shows the region is in good hands for future generations. “The local kids of all ages have a good knowledge and understanding of their local environment, they love it, protect it, care for it and have developed a real sense of ownership,” Ms Bolton said.
“We think the future of the Fingal peninsula is in very good hands and we are very proud of our Young Legends.” Council’s Unit Coordinator Natural Resource Management Jane Lofthouse said the ongoing work of the Fingal Head community in coastal care was greatly appreciated by council. “Council relies heavily on the fabulous teams of volunteers that spend hours working along Tweed’s coastline to ensure the habitat and vegetation is as healthy and resilient as it can be. “While Council supports these groups and initiatives, it is the on-ground works by students and volunteers that really adds value to our environment and it is great to see them rewarded for this work.”
The Overall Australian Clean Beaches win went to Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory. Just over the border, Rainbow Bay won the national Heritage and Culture Award.
For more information, visit the website: www.kab.org.au/clean-beaches
Source: Tweed Link, Issue 869, 29 July 2014