A GROUP of local south coast surfers have established a branch of the Surfrider Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation on a mission to preserve, protect and restore coastal environments.
There are no laws in Australia to protect surf breaks and the impacts of development on surf breaks are not considered in planning and infrastructure assessments. Several surf breaks have been identified as being under imminent threat across Australia and the Surfrider Foundation is running the Endangered Waves campaign to lobby decision-makers to take into account the value of these breaks to the surfing community and to the economy through tourism.
Allen Grimwood, founding president of the Eurobodalla Branch, acknowledges there are no threats to surf breaks along this special piece of coastline.
“Regular beach clean days will be organised and surfers are encouraged to collect and remove three pieces of waste from the beach every time they go for a surf,” Mr Grimwood said.
The branch will also collaborate with other community groups and assist government initiatives to prevent beach pollution and beach conservation activities, such as the fishing tackle recovery program run by Eurobodalla Shire Council.
To get involved in Surfrider Foundation activities check out www.surfrider.org.au or call Allen on 4474 4686. Notices of events and committee meetings will be made each month and all are welcome to attend.