AVERIL Bones was the most important person in Huskisson yesterday as she explored the region with a keen eye for detail.
Ms Bones has possibly the best job in Australia at the moment.
As the national judge for the Keep Australia Beautiful Clean Beach Award she has to travel the nation and visit the winning beaches from the state competition.
Yesterday was Huskisson’s turn.
The scene when she arrived was picture perfect – blue sky, calm blue water, kayakers paddling, bright white sand, smiling people walking and cycling past. The only thing missing was the dolphins. Oh no, they too made an appearance before she left.
Huskisson was the third beach Ms Bones has judged in this year’s round and although she said she was impressed, the previous two were also viewed under good weather conditions.
“The thing that stands out here is the natural beauty,” she said.
“You impressed me with your ability to turn on the weather, and you even had dolphins right on cue.
“Because Huskisson is one of the five finalists the competition is quite hot, but they are certainly in the running.”
It wasn’t all about sand and surf, Ms Bones was also looking for a sense of community and a sense of connection between that community and the beach.
“I had a great day. I was taken for a bike ride, I saw some work by local Bushcare groups and saw some great initiatives,” she said.
“I think the main thing I came away with was a real sense of the importance the community sees in maintaining the foreshore.”
Australia’s clean beach winner will be announced in November, with the national awards ceremony to be held in Perth.