On January 19th nine beachcombers took to the shorelines of Alva Beach, south of Townsville in QLD, where discoveries of local litter scattered across 4km led to their collection of 340kg!
This included fishing line-entwined bird's nests, international plastic drink bottles along with a tractor tyre and some peculiar metal objects that resembled a train track and a satellite dish!
Thanks to all the volunteers, plus the Burdekin Shire Council and Gudjuda Reference Group for their support on-site, and to NQ Dry Tropics and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme for funding this project through the Community Landcare Grant.
Shelly Cove resides within the Cape Pallarenda Conservation Park featuring the historic Quarantine Station that was established in 1915 during the Second World War.
The area’s landscaped with open woodlands and rocky shorelines making it home to a variety of animal and plant life. The waters of Cape Pallarenda are rich in seagrass attracting green sea turtle populations to these foraging grounds.
Due to the density of life and volume of human activity in the vicinity, the area’s frequently cared for by Queensland Parks and Wildlife, Conservation Volunteers Australia and their Green Army team.
With Tangaroa Blue Foundation on-site we’re able to record the amount of rubbish being removed from Shelly Cove shorelines and compare it to previous years through the collection of data. This year on the 19th of January 35 participants combed 3.8 kilometres of beach with their efforts resulting in 101.5kg of predominately local litter items. Clean-ups at Shelly Cove in previous years removed 82.53kg in 2016, another 35.5kg in 2015 and a close second in 2014 with a total of 90kg cleaned up.
On December 7th 2016, volunteers and partners got an early start to beat the heat for our Crystal Beach clean-up event in Northern QLD! After signing registration forms, a safety briefing was conducted and PPE was handed out. In only 15 minutes time, bags started returning and didn’t stop until we pulled up for a BBQ lunch at midday after working a solid five hours.
As a result a large area of beach was combed clean including the foreshores of illegally built huts where a lot of litter is sourced, other than the visiting careless campers. Sparse shoreline vegetation and camping areas were also cleaned.
The event was an absolute success with a bundle of positive feedback received from all the volunteers and partners who especially appreciated the finale barbeque! Three volunteers joining us from Saunders Beach have taken a great interest in Tangaroa Blue’s ultimate goal of marine debris prevention and will soon be applying for community grants to run their very own community clean-ups throughout the year. They’re hoping to take it further in the removal of numerous white goods that have been illegally dumped along the creek.
Thanks to event sponsors and partners NQ Dry Tropics, QLD Government Natural Resources and Mines, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and Handi Skips.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles released on 25/11 2016 a public discussion paper to ensure the community has its say on the Government’s 2018 ban on light-weight single-use plastic shopping bags.
Dr Miles stressed it was important the Government consulted with the community – and key stakeholders – to ensure the best possible outcomes for all Queenslanders.
“The scientific evidence about the harmful impacts of plastic in the environment is growing every day, and there is considerable support for a plastic bag ban,” Dr Miles said.
“Retailers and environmental and community groups who attended plastic bag workshops in Queensland in 2015, and at a national plastic bag roundtable in Sydney in February 2016, agreed there was a need to restrict single-use plastic shopping bags.
Report by Tangaroa Blue volunteers Karina Weger & Andreas Redtenbacher
8am on a bright Saturday morning 33 volunteers met up with the crew of Tangaroa Blue at the Port Douglas boat ramp to head out to Snapper Island for the annual island clean-up. The event was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation and is part of ReefBlitz, a month long event inviting citizen scientists to assist in evaluating the health of the Great Barrier Reef.