( I was there to assess the beaches, for the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Challenge, NSW. )
from the local paper (Argus):
“Tuesday, 2 October 2007 Print | Close
Creek open, and kids playing in it
KILLICK Creek at Crescent Head was flowing yesterday as tourists enjoyed the long weekend.
The creek had been blocked at the ocean, and the foul water led to tourists threatening not to return to Crescent Head.
Kempsey Shire Council workers spent several days before the weekend dredging sand from the creek.
Yesterday there were children floating along the creek and boats using the creek’s boat ramp.
Don Summerhayes has lived near the creek for 20 years and was pleased to see the state of the creek yesterday.
Killick Creek is his backyard. He retired to Crescent Head in January 1988 and has lived at a permanent site at the holiday park.
“I’ve seen the creek at its best and I’ve seen it at its worst,” Mr Summerhayes said yesterday, standing next to the creek as many tourists enjoyed the conditions.
“Look at it, it’s magnificent. Even the shopkeepers are starting to smile.”
The business community in the seaside village has urged the council to fix the problems with Killick Creek, fearing its demise would severely hurt tourist numbers.
Last week is not the first time the council has dredged the creek this year, but over the long weekend the creek was looking the best it has for a long time.
Mr Summerhayes spoke about the days when he used to take his boat along the creek. There was a sign above the bridge back then warning people not to jump or dive off the bridge.
He said word of mouth from visitors, which has been damaging for the town in recent years, would be positive from this weekend.
“Have a look at them, they’re all smiling,” he said..
“It’s getting back to the old days.”
But the Crescent Head local had a warning for the council.
“If they don’t keep it like this they will kill Crescent Head,” Mr Summerhayes said.
“It’s just such a beautiful asset. It must be maintained.”