As a leading expert in addressing the marine debris issue, Tangaroa Blue Foundation is coordinating Source Reduction Plan workshops in seven council regions around Port Phillip Bay in 2017 (see more details below). You are invited to participate in this exciting project to tackle marine debris & litter at the source.
Cleaning up areas like beaches, waterways, streets and parks is essential to reduce the impacts of marine debris & litter, but this is only a Band-Aid approach to what has become a major environmental issue worldwide. “If all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do” - Heidi Taylor, Tangaroa Blue Foundation. The only way of making a real change is analysing where the litter & debris comes from, and finding ways of stopping it ending up in our ocean and rivers in the first place - a Source Reduction Plan.
Join us in 2017 to help find ways to stop the flow of rubbish into Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River.
The hands-on workshops will include:
• An introduction to the framework for developing a Source Reduction Plan
• A summary of the top items/groups of items being found in each of the seven council areas (collated from the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database, other local data sources, photos and local knowledge)
• Overview of the location and effort of clean-up activities
• Overview of the existing capacity and partnerships in each council region helping to address the marine debris & litter issue
• The latest news and approaches of tackling the marine debris issue using examples from around Australia and the world
• Using a partnership approach to develop a Source Reduction Plan for each of the seven council regions
We are looking for a range of people to participate in the workshops such as representation from different levels of government, clean-up groups, the education sector, environmental organisations, community groups or interested individuals, schools, businesses, associations or industry.
The Source Reduction Plan workshops in 2017 are:
Bayside City Council, 17 February
City of Melbourne, 20 February
Wyndham City Council, 22 February
Hobson Bay City Council, 24 February
Kingston City Council, 6 March
City of Greater Geelong, 8 March
City of Port Phillip, 10 March
Registrations are now open and it’s free to participate. Workshops will run from 9am -1pm followed by a networking lunch. If you would like to participate in multiple workshops, you are welcome to do so.
We appreciate your support passing this invitation to your networks including via social media, to encourage diverse participation by of stakeholders at the workshops.
Once you have registered, Tangaroa Blue Foundation will be in touch to provide you with more information.
Registrations for all workshops will close on 17 February 2017.
This project - Working Together to Target the Source of Marine Debris & Litter, is funded by the Victoria Government's Litter Innovation Fund, delivered by Sustainability Victoria and supported by the City of Port Phillip.