A multi-agency taskforce and local residents are working hard to undertake a clean up of the MidCoast region’s beaches ahead of upcoming Easter and school holidays.
“We’ve now placed large skip bins where possible at beaches for anyone cleaning up to place flood-related waste collected from the beach,” said Council’s Manager of Community Spaces, Recreation and Trades, Dan Aldridge.
If there is no skip bin at the beach you’re cleaning, please place the waste in a pile in an accessible spot and away from the high tide mark.
Latest reports are that most beaches have been cleared of flood debris, however water quality could be an issue at some locations and more debris could also continue to wash up.
If beaches are patrolled this Easter weekend, please follow lifesavers’ directions on safe swimming, however some beaches may not be suitable for swimming.
If “no swimming” signage is up, please do not risk your health by swimming in the water.
“We’re also asking those with beach driving permits not to drive through the dune systems. Driving is only permitted within the intertidal zone to protect shorebird habitat, animal nests and vegetation.
“Unfortunately if there is too much debris on the beach, then it’s a no-go zone for beach driving.”
Council teams are also working progressively through the region to clean up parks, reserves, showgrounds, sports fields, campgrounds and similar facilities. Many are unsafe due to damage to infrastructure and trees need to be inspected as they may be compromised due to the rain soaked ground.
In great news for MidCoast Easter markets, safety inspections have been completed at two sites and markets at the Pacific Palms community centre and Gloucester’s Billabong Park can now proceed.
“The safety of our community and visitors over the Easter period and holidays is the most important thing to us as we recover from the flood disaster,” said Mr Aldridge.