WONDER EXPERTS: The Fragile Edge editor Michael DeGood and David Rae, aged 88, the primary contributor to the Human Impacts chapter.
WONDER EXPERTS: The Fragile Edge editor Michael DeGood and David Rae, aged 88, the primary contributor to the Human Impacts chapter. Picasa

Experts reveal Tweed Coast's natural wonders

NINE years of research has gone into compiling a new book about the natural history of the Tweed Coast.

The Fragile Edge, edited by Bogangar resident Michael DeGood, has brought together the knowledge of countless experts in an informative catalogue of the region's natural wonders.

"I wanted to provide information to the average resident, student and visitor to the Tweed Coast from specialists in their fields, supported by engaging format and imagery as to the physical sciences as they relate to the area - the globally significant flora and fauna found here and the unique cultural heritage of the area," he said.

"This book is the culmination of a nine-year project borne from the knowledge, talent, dedication and generosity of dozens of professionals, and talented photographers and artists, and the support of the coastal committee of the Tweed Shire Council.

"Anyone who has even a passing interest in any element of natural history of this region will find information justifying their ownership of this book."

While producing the book, Michael became increasingly aware of just how many of the Tweed Coast's unique values were at risk or living a tenuous existence.

"Its 'fragility' was driven home to me time and time again," he said.

"The title just seemed appropriate because of all the pressures on the place."

The Fragile Edge is available at Border Books, Kingscliff; and The Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre, or by emailing mdegood58@yahoo.com.au.


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