Fine smokers on our beaches

Cleaner oceans: Riverkeeper Tony Wales (front) Mr Sharkie and Surfrider Foundation’s Joe Glendening and Andy Britton promote the Clean Up Up Cronulla day.
Cleaner oceans: Riverkeeper Tony Wales (front) Mr Sharkie and Surfrider Foundation’s Joe Glendening and Andy Britton promote the Clean Up Up Cronulla day.

RE the article "Clean Up Up Cronulla Day" (Leader, January 9).

I note that when I attend the beach, which is nearly every day of the year, I observe people smoking and discarding their filthy cigarette butts on the beach.

When I enter North Cronulla Beach at the entrance at the end of Prince st where it meets North Cronulla Surf club there is a sign that says "No Smoking", this sign was erected by Sutherland Shire Council, yet when you are down on the beach there are numerous signs along the length of the beach about sand dunes but nothing about the no smoking rule.

If the council genuinely cares anything about the environment rather than the opportunistic tokenism that is demonstrated in the Leader article, then please not only construct some signs along the beach announcing that smoking is not allowed, also have some recordings made that can be made by the lifeguards announcing that all beaches on Bate Bay are non smoking.

I have had enough of the tokenism of “clean up” days that go on and continually picking up other people’s cigarette butts and other discarded rubbish day after day, it simply is not good enough.

If the council can issue parking tickets then start penalising people for smoking on the beach if you are really serious about effecting change for marine life and the general state of the beach and the environment. 

Furthermore, has anyone taken a drive over Captain Cook Bridge lately?

This is supposed to be the entrance or gateway to the Sutherland Shire, yet take a drive on both sides and you will notice that the grass and trees are in need of attention, there is any amount of discarded rubbish on either side of the green areas, and many telegraph poles are tagged by criminal graffiti vandals.

Is this the message the shire wants to project when visitors enter the shire? Maybe there are not sufficient resources at RMS for them to clean up the bridge.

It’s pathetic and not good enough.

Sid Bream, Cronulla