Stuart Cameron from Bermagui Dune Care has been formally farewelled from the group and recognised for his crucial contribution to improving the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla coastal environments.
Mr Cameron has been the long running project officer for the Far South Coast Landcare Association's Coastal Weeds Project and has played a large role in keeping the coastline pristine and healthy.
Far South Coast Landcare coordinator Jess Bettanin said, "Stuart has made an amazing contribution to land management in our region and has put enormous skills and energy into rehabilitating the area around Cuttagee Head."
On Sunday, September 19, Bermagui Dune Care farewelled Stuart before his relocation to Narooma. He was awarded a Bermagui Dune Care Life Membership t-shirt by a fellow member who noted how important Stuart has been to the group.
Coordinator Karen Joynes said, "he has been a stalwart of our group providing vital knowledge and assistance, as well as great company. I am sure everyone wishes Stuart the very best for his new life in Narooma. Their gain, our loss," she said.
Mr Cameron initiated the Coastal Weeds Project, which freed up the group from constantly removing sea spurge from local beaches- a practice that had proved to be highly ineffective.
As a result, the group was instead able implement a management plan devised by Mr Cameron, and could spend their time more effectively rehabilitating Cuttagee headland.
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"The change from kikuyu and blackberry to coastal forest is phenomenal, and satisfying," said Ms Joynes.
She also mentioned that the coastal rejuvenation project had been made possible due to Far South Coast Landcare, the old Catchment Management, Bega Valley Shire Council, and National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Mr Cameron took the opportunity to thank the group for the farewell and said his leaving was sad but uplifting due to being able to recognise everything they had achieved.
"I'm awed by what we have achieved. It is hard to recall that Cuttagee Headland, not so very long ago, was little more than kikuyu and blackberry.
"It is now well on the way to be a self-sustaining coastal forest which must provide habitat for vastly more diverse fauna than could live there before. We've done a great job! My very best wishes to you all," he said.