After weeks of sustained pressure, councillors at the last Ballina Shire Council meeting voted unanimously to close the 4WD access track at Patchs Beach. They also agreed to write to the state government to request that South Ballina Beach be closed to the general public driving 4WD vehicles.
Following last week's story about 4WDs damaging wild beaches south of Ballina, Echonetdaily has received more information about threats to this crucial habitat for the endangered pied oystercatcher.
The shortest Ballina Council meeting in living memory started with five councillors in the chamber and five on video conference.
Ballina state MP Tamara Smith (Greens) has taken up the cause of South Ballina residents who say their beach is being trashed by four-wheel-drive vehicles hooning in the dunes.