Beach carers back

Christopher Keillor and Colin Crook from Friends of Coogee Beach. Picture: Martin Kennealey d410404
Christopher Keillor and Colin Crook from Friends of Coogee Beach. Picture: Martin Kennealey d410404

Friends of Coogee Beach are known as the ‘phantom group’ of the burgeoning suburb, taking it upon themselves to keep the area free of litter and untidiness.

But because they operate between 5am and 7am the group remain largely out of the public eye and that’s just the way they like it.

One member willing to reveal his face publicly was Colin Crook. Mr Crook said after a two-year exile, the group were keen to see the beach back to its best.

‘Coogee Beach is one of the best beaches you will find,’ he said, pointing to the beach’s flat current during last Wednesday’s warm weather. ‘It deserves to look its best.’

Former landscaper Christopher Keillor said he would inquire with the City about taking on the caretaker role officially.

He said a simple technique change could pretty much eradicate sand from being swept by winds on to the paths, which includes wheelchair access way to the beach.