Toogoom residents concerned about environmental vandalism
ONE of the best-kept secrets on the Fraser Coast is in danger of degradation.
That's the view of Margaret Ogle, who lives next to the beach down the eastern end of Toogoom.
"This is a beautiful part of the area and we want to keep it that way," she said.
Ms Ogle said the area was under threat from drug-users, illegal campers and bratty kids.
Most distressing, however, was the environmental degradation done to her beloved mangroves.
"There has been wanton destruction," she said.
One plant in particular had just started to re-grow when some youths tore it apart a second time, she said.
One of her neighbours, who did not wish to be identified, confirmed she had seen juveniles ripping the branches off mangroves in the area.
In other parts of the beach, the dunes are littered with the evidence of illegal campfires, rubbish, and in one place an abandoned bong, where unknown offenders smoked drugs within 20m of the nearest home.
"Something needs to be done," she said.