Treading lightly. Yvonne Stewart (left) with cape volunteer Kyla Montgomery and ranger Andy Robinson behind one of the new signs.
Treading lightly. Yvonne Stewart (left) with cape volunteer Kyla Montgomery and ranger Andy Robinson behind one of the new signs.

Tread lightly at Cape Byron

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people visit Cape Byron to take in the magnificent views from the many vantage points.


It is a fragile environment and visitors are now being reminded of this by a ‘Tread Lightly’ project launched last Thursday.


Seven new information signs on a 1.5km section of the cape walking track between the lighthouse and The Pass highlight how to care for the environment, reduce carbon footprints, conserve water, respect where we live and make a difference.


Cape Byron Trust chairperson Yvonne Stewart said the project provided people with the opportunity to learn about sustainability while enjoying the scenic walk.


“In moving towards sustainability, we are attempting to reduce our ecological footprint or to tread more lightly on country,” she said.


“This means reducing the amount of resources we buy and use, the waste emissions we produce, as well as respecting where we live.”


Ms Stewart said a Tread Lightly brochure available at the cape invited visitors to continue the journey at home with simple tips on ways to reduce their impact on the environment, including helping to restore or maintain local bushland.


“The small things we do now can make a big difference,” she said. “The project aims to show how we can live in a sustainable way and feel good about our contribution.”
 


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