Larry Burch and Emma-Kate McGeorge rake mulch over a newly cleaned up area beside Aquavue Cafe at Torquay; and (right) what they started with.
Larry Burch and Emma-Kate McGeorge rake mulch over a newly cleaned up area beside Aquavue Cafe at Torquay; and (right) what they started with. ALISTAIR BRIGHTMAN

Aquavue staff show the way

WHILE many on the Fraser Coast still ponder about whether we need to clean up the Esplanade foreshore, tourism operator Larry Burch is already out of the blocks and running.

After years of haggling with the council trying to get the tangled undergrowth adjoining his Aquavue Cafe and Watersports centre cleaned up he finally started doing it himself.

“I just couldn’t seem to get anywhere until councillor David Dalgleish told me a community program existed which enabled you to form a working partnership with council,” Mr Burch said.

“Basically it means agreeing with them on what needs to be done and then working with the council to actually do it.

“They came down and put in a day’s work on the areas surrounding Aquavue and now we have carried on that job.”

Before and after shots reveal just what a difference it has made to what was, according to Mr Burch, an eyesore.

“It was full of vermin and far from inviting for anyone sitting just a metre or so from the undergrowth,” he said.

“I invite anyone to come down and look at what we have done and to look at the replanting work that is now going in.

“I have thousands of visitors each year coming to Aquavue, some just for a coffee, now they are looking over a cared for foreshore instead of a struggling bushland getting choked by lantana and weeds.

“If this is what the Chronicle’s Esplanade foreshore clean up campaign is all about then I’m behind it 110 per cent."



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