Since 2002, I have been invited, once a year, to judge New South Wales beaches, for the Keep Australia Beautiful, Clean Beach Challenge, NSW.
Whether I shall be invited again to do so this year is still something I am yet to find out. Last year, it was noted that I was the longest serving ‘judge’.
As I am retired and unable to commit to casual teaching, this event, in September, each year, has been a lot of fun.
It involves receiving the application forms from the people who have nominated the beaches allocated to me and then visiting them at an agreed time to write a report for the committee which makes the final decision, in each category.
I have not yet judged the beaches of the far north or the far south coast of N.S.W..
When asked by the media (local paper, radio – I have not yet made it on to t.v.) what my qualifications are for this job, I have explained that I hope that I represent the average beach-goer, who wishes to be safe and relax on a clean beach.
Having no in-depth knowledge or understanding of the actual workings of the beach environment* and being of migrant background, I look for clear signage, safe access, clean, efficient facilities and a relaxing, friendly setting.
Being keen on photography I have taken hundreds of pictures of everything that I have been shown or that I noticed, to make my reports as useful as possible. It helps to have a good record to work from, once it comes to the writing stage. Over the years, I have posted many of those pictures on webshots
This year’s competition will be launched on Thursday 7 June, 2007, at the Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club, at 10 a.m.. Please consider nominating.
You never know, if they invite me to judge again, you might be showing me around your beach.
- I must admit, that, now having been guided around beaches, for five years, I HAVE been given a lot of information by the nominators on the professional and voluntary efforts that go into providing for the beach-goers an as safe and as attractive environment as possible.