The case of Coalcliff’s missing grass captivated the nation late last month when, over a few nights, starting on Christmas Eve, freshly-laid grass began disappearing from the newly-renovated beach foreshore.
Now- there’s a happy ending!
Coalcliff beach was devastated by the 2016 East Coast Low and much work had to be done to restore it to its former glory- complete with lovely new boat ramp!
Then the grass started disappearing and over the course of a few nights, around 20 square meters was neatly cut and removed- leaving a patch of bare dirt.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbury has even been quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald calling the theft ‘un-Australian’!
The story spread so far and wide, grass company Western Earthmoving from Sydney’s Seven Hills has now stepped in and offered to donate $500 to replace the grass.
Managing Director Graham Ragg says he heard the story on the radio and thought it was a pretty low act.
“I’ve never been to Coalcliff Beach,” he says. “I’ve never met the people involved, but they sounded like they were genuine and they really needed a helping hand so I wanted to help them out.”
Coalcliff Surf Club spokesman Rob Deacon is delighted. “Graham made a fantastic offer,” he says. “It will be great to have the grass replaced, and even though we never found out who has been taking it, it is just really good they’re not taking it anymore!”