Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers around the country have been working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative since 2011.
With the Rangers' assistance vital information and data has been collected, and thousands of tonnes of marine debris has been removed from remote and significant sites across Australia.
Rangers also work with community members, local shire councils, junior rangers and school students on source reduction plans, recycling programs and clean-up events.
Many Ranger teams use CyberTracker software to collect data and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative has a CyberTracker sequence available to download here.
Report by Napranum Ranger Ebony Doyle.
On Friday 30th of September and Saturday the 1st of October the Napranum rangers, with the help of the Napranum Aboriginal Council and Tangaroa Blue, an Australian non-profit charity for the wellbeing of our oceans, organised a community clean-up in Napranum along the foreshore between 9am and 11:30am.
On Friday a total of 12 people pitched in, the most collected item was fishing line, with a total of 1100m of line removed from around the local boat ramp. On Saturday 8 people pitched in on cleaning up Napranum’s foreshore & the most collected item was aluminum cans with a total of over 2000 cans counted!
Days of cleaning up rubbish are good deeds but it’s important to not only care for our community by not trashing it by leaving behind our waste, but to look at the bigger picture and respect our planet, the lives of the people in countries our rubbish may wash up on, and the lives of other species, particularly in this case the marine life who value the life they live and deserve to be respected, Also do you want to be eating fish who eat rubbish?
Gidarjil Ranger Des, introduced the Gidarjil Junior Rangers to the issue of marine debris and plastic pollution at Burnett Heads Park Foreshore in August.
The Junior Rangers analysed the litter they found along the beach, and discussed what would happen to local wildlife if they interacted with it, and ways that they could prevent litter from occurring. Great to see the next generation getting out on Country and learning how to look after it!
Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo: 10-11 August 2016
The Thamarrurr Rangers were invited to present a seminar at the Australasian Waste and Recycling Expo in Sydney 10-11 August 2016. Maureen Simon and Rosaline Melpi were nominated to go to Sydney because of their work in establishing a recycling service at Wadeye. They were supported by Heidi Taylor from Tangaroa Blue Foundation, to present a seminar on ‘Waste Management Learnings from Indigenous Australia’. Maureen and Rosaline presented a movie they had made about the waste problem at Wadeye and some of the ways they are addressing this problem. In addition, they answered numerous questions from their audience who were interested to hear about waste management solutions in a remote Indigenous community.
In August 2016, Thamarrurr Rangers hosted the second annual Community Arts Competition to help spread the message “No Rubbish on Country”. Community members were again invited to make a piece of art from “rubbish” or used / recycled materials. In addition, the Ghost Net Art Project was invited to Wadeye to support workshops at the School and Ranger Base, in the use of marine debris and other materials to create artistic pieces. The project culminated in a display of “rubbish art” at the Wadeye Festival.