Vandals who damaged foreshore vegetation along Marine Parade, Kingscliff, chopping off trees at ground level, risk prosecution.
A number of houses along the stretch have better views of the sea now that the trees are gone and, while not pointing the finger, Tweed Shire Council will write to residents asking for information on the recent illegal clearing.
The letter will remind residents that it is illegal and will let them know that further vandalism could prompt council to erect large signage and screens, which would obstruct ocean views created by the vegetation’s removal.
Last week’s Tweed Council meeting also decided to construct a dune fence along the shoreline at the vandalism site, to avoid further damage and increase awareness of proper beach access points, discouraging access to coastal bushland.
Signage along the fence will advise that foreshore vegetation is protected and unauthorised access into dune vegetation should be reported to council.
‘Council aims to increase awareness of the importance of protecting dune vegetation and the important role played by volunteers in maintaining public bushland,’ the acting director of community and natural resources, Adam Faulkner, said.
‘It will support Kingscliff volunteer organisation DuneCare to replant the affected foreshore area.’