Lennox Head wins Clean Beach award

LENNOX Head’s Seven Mile Beach has received a State award in the Clean Beach Challenge, despite the erosion caused by the May storms.

Lennox Head was announced the State Winner of the Community Partnerships and Action Award for the whole community approach to weed removal at Lennox Headland.

“Weed removal is not ad hoc here and involves local school children, council, businesses, surfers and is exciting to see happening,” Dan Meehan, Clean Beach Challenge assessor, said.

Now in its ninth year, the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Clean Beach Challenge encourages and recognises coastal communities, local councils, volunteers and surf lifesaving clubs who protect this State’s beautiful coastline.

Dune and habitat conservation, environmental education, anti-litter and visitor-friendly initiatives are among some of the activities that are awarded.

Byron Bay’s Main Beach and Evans Head’s Airforce Beach also picked up awards.

“It’s a huge achievement for any beach to be recognised at State level in the Clean Beach Challenge because the competition is getting tougher every year, but the fact that three beaches received awards in the Northern Rivers region indicates that the local community and councils are doing some really fantastic work,” said Peter McLean, chief executive officer, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW.

Port Kembla Beach in the Illawarra Region was announced the overall State Clean Beach Challenge winner.

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