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.