Cape Byron Marine Park manager Andrew Page says Coastcare Week is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and thank community groups for their amazing contribution to the marine park.

Coastcare Week runs from December 1-7 and this year celebrates ‘Life on the Edge’.

Mr Page says groups such as the Brunswick Valley Landcare Group, Byron Bird Buddies, Australian Seabird Rescue and the Byron Underwater Research Group all work to protect the park.

“From the Brunswick River and coastal creeks, to the beaches and out to sea, dedicated groups are restoring habitats, protecting threatened species and cleaning up the marine park,” Mr Page said.

“They do this on a volunteer basis, giving up their time to help this beautiful park and our planet.

“On behalf of the community and the marine park staff I’d like to thank them for all their hard work.

“At the upper tidal boundary of the marine park the Brunswick Valley Landcare Group is repairing riparian vegetation adjacent to the Brunswick River.

“Byron Bird Buddies monitor migratory and resident shorebirds, many of which are threatened and rest and feed on our beaches.

“Australian Seabird Rescue assists with the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals, reptiles and birds – during Coastcare Week these volunteers will be underwater and on our beaches for their ‘Make Turtles Count’ project.

“The Byron Underwater Research Group co-ordinates regular fish surveys and reef clean-up dives to relieve our inshore reefs of debris that is potentially life-threatening to marine wildlife.”

Mr Page said the beaches of the marine park were also nurtured by a number of dune-care groups.

“Our coastline is much healthier thanks to the work of such groups,” he said.

He said Cape Byron Marine Park is one of six marine parks in NSW and extends from Lennox Head to Brunswick Heads.

It includes the tidal waters of the Brunswick River and its tributaries, as well as Belongil and Tallow Creeks.

Mr Page said anyone wanting more information about the marine park or any of the above groups could contact the Cape Byron Marine Park on 6620 9300 or visit the Marine Parks Authority website at www.mpa.nsw.gov.au