Yamba on the Clarence Coast in particular should say a big thankyou to one of its favourite sons, Neil McInnes, for nominating Main Beach.
Yamba's Main Beach was declared the friendliest beach in the region, beating five other beaches to claim the prize at the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge in Coffs Harbour.
Main Beach pipped two other Valley beaches Wooli and Brooms Head as well as Sawtell south beach, Shelly Beach in Ballina and Jetty Beach in Coffs Harbour. While the title is arguably true in a literal sense, the award was based on user friendliness.
Clean Beach Challenge assessor Brian Birkefeld said there was plenty to like about Yamba's Main Beach.
"The public facilities are well sited and well maintained, as is the signage and walkways. There is ample parking behind the beach, good traffic control and an excellent park above the beach, with free barbecues and children's play equipment," he said......
Meanwhile, residents at Wooli and Brooms Head were also recognised for the work they had done on their beaches.
Wooli Public School students were rewarded for their work, with the Keep Australia Beautiful team awarding the school the Young Legends title.
The award recognised the work the school had done in placing beach protection into the school curriculum and increasing environmental education.
Brooms Head residents and Clarence Valley Council were also commended for their work in improving Brooms Head Beach through a weed replacement scheme.
[The Daily Examiner, 14 November 2008]
A complete list of all NSW winners can be found here.
Pic of Main Beach found at The Daily Examiner