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A new sign has been installed at Main Beach, Byron Bay, calling for increased awareness and collective action on the issue of marine debris and pollution. 

From left are Monique and Tezu Harrison, wife and son of Ian, who died surfing the Wreck the day his idea for the cultural and environmental awareness sign was passed in Council. Pictured also is Dane Marx from Positive Change For Marine Life, Bundjalung woman Delta Kay and the sign’s designer, Kaitlyn Clark.
Photo Jeff Dawson

The sign, which is solar powered, also aims to raise awareness about Arakwal custodianship of the Cavanbah region, and is also a memorial to Ian Harrison, the local designer behind the sign’s concept. 

Ian died surfing The Wreck on the day that councillors approved the sign to go ahead. 

Locally-founded NGO, Positive Change for Marine Life (PCFML), with support from Byron Shire Council and the Arakwal Corporation, funded the new art installation and educational sign, which was unveiled at Apex Park on Friday. 

PCFML’s Dane Marx says the sign features artwork by Bundjalung woman Kaitlyn Clark. 

He said, ‘Considering that by 2050, the amount of plastic in the sea is believed to outweigh that of fish, this could not be a more pertinent call to action for our ocean’.

For more information on Positive Change for Marine Life, visit www.pcfml.org.au.

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