Jeff Johnson, Shirley White, Dr Lee Andresen and James Brideson.
Jeff Johnson, Shirley White, Dr Lee Andresen and James Brideson.

Interpretive panels unveiled

If you go down to Flat Rock today, you’re in for a big surprise. Three new interpretive educational panels picturing Australian marine life have finally been unveiled after two years of preparation. The panels have been created as part of an Australian Government Natural Heritage Trust “Envirofund” project and feature three Pacific Marine Turtles, Ballina’s Bottlenose Dolphins, and Humpback Whales of the Australian East Coast.

Designed entirely by volunteers, the panels detail scientific advice and information from Southern Cross University’s Cetacean researchers, Australian Seabird Rescue staff, and the federal Department of the Environment.

Ballina Councillor Jeff Johnson performed the unveiling and praised the work of community volunteers who founded Angels Beach Dunecare twenty years ago when they installed the original six viewing platforms on accessways along the beach.

Cr Johnson thanked the Australian Government for grant-funding local groups to undertake this vital educational work, and highlighted the close partnership of Dunecare Groups with Ballina Shire Council who now trust-manage the Ballina Coastal Reserve.

The Marine panels are now permanently on display as an information resource about our endangered marine life, for the benefit of members of the Ballina public, visitors to Flat Rock Tent Park, and the many hundreds of school, TAFE and University students who visit Flat Rock annually.


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