A popular road to the South Ballina Beach has been temporarily closed after it was deemed unsafe by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment.
The 4WD entrance to Patchs Beach remains closed, but residents have told Echonetdaily that there are still too many 4WDs and motorbikes on the beaches south of Ballina.
The Patchs Beach 4WD entrance is now blocked with a bar and has concrete blocks next to it, but continuing bad behaviour from some beach visitors further south has led to a police crackdown on 4WDs from Richmond Police, in conjunction with Richmond Valley Council Rangers.
Since our recent stories about damage and destruction from 4WDs on the beaches south of Ballina, Echonetdaily has been contacted by Iilai from Yidabal Galii Maa Bandjalang for a perspective from the traditional custodians of these areas.
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.
Irresponsible 4WD users are again trashing South Ballina Beach and Patches Beach, as well as areas further south.
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.
A six-year-old boy has died after being swept into the ocean at South Ballina Beach this afternoon (Saturday).