Tidy beaches judge eases into role
A WALK along the beachfront and chat to the locals were all in a day’s work for Dr David Moy yesterday.
The Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beaches Awards judge spent a day in the region to help him decide which state finalist should be awarded the national honour.
And Dr Moy was keen to talk to some of the volunteers, workers and community groups involved in the Yeppoon Main Beach’s state award win.
“I really do want to talk to the people,” Dr Moy said.
“So many communities are doing so much wonderful work.”
Representatives from Yeppoon Surf Lifesaving Club, branch president John Hamrey and club captain Jason Thompson were happy to take Dr Moy on a tour of their area.
John said there was a connection between the community and the beach, so they took a lot of pride in their region, cleaning up rubbish and providing a safe environment.
“The beach is your office, so you keep it as clean as you can,” Jason added.
Dr Moy said this was his first year as a judge and he would take a slightly different approach from past judges by looking not just at the present, but future issues such as climate change and population pressures.
At an official Rockhampton Regional Council presentation to Dr Moy, Cr Sandra O’Brien said their submission showed community commitment, strong partnerships and hard work.
“It is because of the passion of the volunteers and the community that we are here today,” Cr O’Brien said.
Yeppoon Main Beach is competing against other state finalists South Port Noarlunga (SA), West Beach (TAS), Shady Beach (NT), Balnarring (VIC) and Pt Kembla Beach (NSW). The winner will be announced on March 25.