Award for beach pals
A NATIONAL award presented to Angels Beach Dune Care Group last week was not just about rewarding the countless hours volunteers have spent working in the dunes.
President of the group, Lee Andresen, said the inaugural Planet Ark and Threatened Ecosystems Network Saving Endangered Ecosystems award was a recognition of the partnerships the group has formed in the community.
Luke Watt is a student at Southern Cross School K-12 at East Ballina, which is one organisation the dune care group has formed a strong connection with since 1992.
But Luke isn't aware of all that ? he just reckons it's fun to get out in the dunes and plant trees on National Schools' Tree Day.
"It's a good thing for kids to get in- volved with ? it helps the environment and it helps people think about our town," he said.
Angels Beach Dune Care Group was founded by Shirley White 17 years ago.
It has been involved with National Tree Day since Planet Ark first began the initiative in 1996.
And the group is proud of what they have achieved, but know there is more work to be done and more volunteers are always needed to lend a hand.
Mr Andresen said Angels Beach was in a 'perilous state' 20 years ago.
The littoral rainforest in the dune system is still classed as an endangered ecological system.
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Dr Tony Parkes, chair of the Big Scrub Rainforest Network, presented the award on behalf of Planet Ark.