PLAQUES UNVEILED: At the unveiling of interpretative panels at Flat Rock last week (from left) Cr Jeff Johnson, co-founder of Angels Beach Dune Care Shirley White, Dr Lee Andresen from Ballina Coastcare Inc, and Ballina Shire Council’s natural resources extension officer, James Brideson.
PLAQUES UNVEILED: At the unveiling of interpretative panels at Flat Rock last week (from left) Cr Jeff Johnson, co-founder of Angels Beach Dune Care Shirley White, Dr Lee Andresen from Ballina Coastcare Inc, and Ballina Shire Council’s natural resources extension officer, James Brideson.

Interpretive panels unveiled

THEY were two years in preparation, but the unveiling of a series of three illustrated panels depicting the endangered marine life of the Ballina coast took place at Flat Rock on December 1.

The project was part of an Australian Government Natural Heritage Trust Envirofund project that helped construct the new Flat Rock Tent Park viewing platform and funded the design and manufacture of the unique interpretive panels.

The panels tell the story in words and pictures of three pacific marine turtles, Ballina’s bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales of the Australian East Coast.

They were designed by volunteers using scientific advice and information from Southern Cross University’s cetacean researchers, Australian Seabird Rescue staff, and the Federal Department of the Environment.

Ballina Councillor Jeff Johnson performed the unveiling and praised the work of community volunteers who founded Angels Beach Dunecare 20 years ago when they installed the original six viewing platforms on access ways along the beach.

Cr Johnson thanked the Australian Government for funding local groups to undertake this vital educational work, and highlighted the close partnership of dunecare groups with Ballina Shire Council which now manages the Ballina Coastal Reserve.

"Community-driven caring for our precious coastal environment is crucial,” he said.

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