The grass, stolen from Coalcliff Beach over the Christmas period has been replaced.
Work had been completed to regenerate the beach and install a new boat ramp following the devastation caused by the 2016 East Coast Low.
However, over several nights in December, strips of freshly-laid turf were stolen, with Lifeguards greeted each morning by an ever-increasing patch of bare earth.
The story captured the attention of the nation when Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery called the turf-theft ‘un-Australian’.
This lead to Seven Hill’s-based Western Earthmoving donating the money to replace the turf, so the beach would look its best over the holiday period.
The grass has now been replaced, with Wollongong Council footing the bill.
In a kind twist, donor Western Earthmoving has told Coalcliff Surf Club to keep the money, and use it to buy rescue equipment.