The dangerous remnants of a beach party on Yamba’s Pippi Beach last week.
The dangerous remnants of a beach party on Yamba’s Pippi Beach last week.

Rubbish at beach angers local

RUBBISH left on Yamba’s Pippi Beach after a beach party has angered a Lower Clarence man.

Pippi Beach resident Stafford Sheldon said the rubbish was left behind by motorists who had driven a four-wheel drive onto the beach. He questions whether vehicles be allowed on the beach at all and wants the Dolphin Park 4x4 beach access closed.

He said occupants of a 4x4 partied on the beach last week and had left broken beer bottles on the sand. He could see where the vehicle had been driven onto the beach and backed up into a spot. The occupants had lit a fire and worked their way through 36 bottles of Carlton Cold beer.

“Not only did they leave everything behind but they’d thrown some bottles into the fire and there was broken glass around,” Mr Sheldon said.

“Small children or others could cut their feet on the glass, all because some irresponsible person could not put the empties back in the four-wheel-drive.

“I think it’s a good idea to have a party on the beach and not disturb the neighbourhood, but these people should be cleaning up after themselves.”

The Pippi Beach 4x4 access was closed by Clarence Valley Council for most of last year after the path was severely eroded during a big storm in May. But after months of people walking up and down the track, Mr Sheldon said the path became less steep until eventually vehicles could use it again.

He said while it was closed for seven months, residents did not experience the problems being encountered now. During that time he had not heard of any complaints from fishermen forced to walk.

“I just feel if people need to go down to these spots they can walk,” he said. “I know I won’t be popular saying it but I don’t think four-wheel-drives should be allowed on the beach at all.”



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