Cape York Clean-up Tour

Written by Vanessa Carey, Tangaroa Blue Project Officer and Event Coordinator

Cape York is the peninsula of far north Queensland and is the largest unspoiled environment in northern Australia.  It’s filled with remote beaches, diverse landscape and endemic wildlife, with stunning sunsets and sunrises, and an endless turquoise ocean to gaze out upon.

Desipte the area’s beauty, these remote beaches are hotspots for tonnages of marine debris washing in from our own own country and others. Eight years ago, Tangaroa Blue Foundation initiated the Cape York Clean-Up Tour, covering both the east and west coast of the peninsula, involving volunteers, partners and traditional owners. Read more “Cape York Clean-up Tour”

2018 back at remote Captain Billy’s Landing

Captain Billy’s Landing is some 200 km south of Cape York or “Pajinka” (its Aboriginal name). Both are found on the large Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland. This is a remote area connected by corrugated dirt roads whose condition can vary day to day, and increasing sections of tarmac, especially on the Peninsula Development Road. The actual camp site used by the volunteers is on the eastern extremity of the the Heathlands Resources Reserve directly on the coast.

This is a beautiful location for camping, but also very remote. The only communication available is via satellite phone. It is this remoteness which helps protect the fauna and flora from too much human damage. There is an exception, and that is marine debris. Remote areas like these cannot be protected from marine debris, and sadly a lot washes up here. Read more “2018 back at remote Captain Billy’s Landing”

Mapoon Beach Clean-up

Cape York is the peninsula of far north Queensland and is the largest unspoiled environment in northern Australia. It’s filled with remote beaches, diverse landscape and endemic wildlife, with stunning sunsets and sunrises, and an endless turquoise ocean to gaze out upon.

Despite the area’s beauty, the remote beaches are unfortunately hotspots for tonnes of marine debris washing in with the currents, winds and tides, from our own country and others. Eight years ago, Tangaroa Blue Foundation initiated the Cape York Clean-up Tour, covering both the east and west coast of the peninsula, involving a group of volunteers, partners and Traditional Owners. Read more “Mapoon Beach Clean-up”

Local Groups band together to take care of our place

It was all hands on deck aboard Freedom Fast Cat’s Freedom Flyer, for a day spent tackling marine debris on some of the more hard to access beaches around Great Keppel Island.

The day that was funded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Community Grants and Livingstone Shire Council was also supported by Max Allen and the team at Freedom Fast Cats.

Representatives from eight local groups including Woppaburra Traditional Owners, Capricornia Catchments, Capricorn Coast Landcare, GenYadaba, Friends of Lammermoor Native Gardens, The Surfrider Foundation, Plastic Bag Free Livingstone, Greening Australia, and The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland along with a number of individuals collected more than 4200 pieces of marine debris from local beaches. The haul that totalled nearly 300kgs included some unusual items including a bar fridge, plastic 44 gallon drum, whole wooden pallets, right down to tiny plastic astronaut toys.

Photo credit: Malcolm Wells Read more “Local Groups band together to take care of our place”

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