Surfrider Foundation treasurer Anthony White with Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan at the rotunda at Beaman Park on Clean Up Australia Day.
Surfrider Foundation treasurer Anthony White with Member for Keppel Paul Hoolihan at the rotunda at Beaman Park on Clean Up Australia Day.

Surfriders dig in to safeguard Big Dune

THE local Surfrider Foundation spent Sunday tending its patch of the Capricorn Coast at Big Dune on Farnborough Beach.

As joint custodians with Rockhampton Regional Council of the 9.3 hectare stretch of beach, dunes and scrub, the foundation's members diligently work to protect the native flora and fauna.

They have improved visitor access since the area was gazetted as a surfing reserve in 2003.

"We've got to do our bit to protect our ocean environment," president John McGrath said.

John was proud to say Big Dune was the cleanest part of Farnborough Beach.

"When we first became custodians it was a real mess. We were picking up beer bottles from the 1970s," he said.

"It's a focal point for so many activities and so many locals go there on the weekend just to hang out."

Treasurer Anthony White said it was more popular than main beach.

"I like a nice piece of fish," he said.

"If I want to eat good, fresh, clean seafood I think I should take some responsibility to take care of the marine environment."

The Surfrider Foundation has spent considerable time improving access to Big Dune.

It created a carpark just behind the dunes and a well- marked and clear track leading to the beach.

"There was a network of indistinct tracks there previously, but if you have one good track, people will stick to it,"John said.

The track and interpretive signs were built with a Caring for our Country grant.

"The members did it so cleverly, clipping back trees instead of removing them so it feels natural," John said.

The work Surfrider Foundation did was about fostering greater community awareness and ensuring we don't ruin things for our kids, he said.



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