Cape Kimberley in Far North QLD is one of our regular monitoring sites. Every three months we collect and record the debris from this tropical hotspot. But never before did we have to face extreme conditions like the ones we had this April. After a paralysing hot clean-up of 38 degrees there in January we asked for cooler temperatures, but forgot to add that we also appreciated dry weather. Consequently, it was not just cool, but also wet. Tropical-flooding-wet. In fact, the clouds dumped so much rain that one of our coordinators got flooded in and could only join the event once the road was passable again. Even more astonishing was that a whopping 59 volunteers simply decided to ignore this “drownpour” and tackled the beach with unprecedented spirit.
Nine tough Green Army volunteers in the Gosford area (NSW) picked a beautiful, sunny early April day for some challenging work at Empire Bay through the Clean4Shore program. Soon, the “Green” Army turned into a “brown” army as they entered the muddy mangroves and ploughed through deep sludge to collect all the rubbish caught between the roots. It was not only the humming brigade of mosquitoes that made the day hard, but also the almost 900kg of debris that these experienced crew pulled out of the mud. As per usual in this area, big piles of oyster products were removed, but also 880 plastic bottles, 230 beer stubbies and a mysterious 100 rubber balls. The glass bottles are an indication for littering or camping along the foreshore and show once more that if people cleaned up after their own activities a lot of rubbish would be prevented from ending up in the environment and getting washed into the ocean. However, amongst all the big numbers the “big find” of the day was not a bulky and heavy item, but a Godfather DVD case! Funding was provided for the event from the Gosford City Council.
Over 50 people attended a ‘how to’ presentation and clean-up activity at Hilary’s Beach as part of the 2016 Bush and River Rangers Conference, held at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Perth. Ranger instructors were shown how to safely prepare and coordinate beach clean-ups, during the hands on practical 1,100 items of rubbish were removed from the beach and the information has been compiled and recorded into the Australian Marine Debris Database. Feedback was very positive and a number of instructors have signed up to coordinate clean-ups as part of the WA Beach Clean up event to be held over the weekend of October 15 & 16.
Leading environmental organisations united to find the next solution to plastic pollution at a collaborative workshop at Sea World on the Gold Coast last Saturday.
The workshop launched a cooperative network of community leaders, local and state government representatives and non-government organisations to set targets for marine debris monitoring and management on the Gold Coast.
Cape York has been and is still one of Tangaroa Blue’s greatest adventures! Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Everyone’s Environment Grant and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority through Reef Trust, for the 6th time we will leave for 6 multi-day clean-up events between May and July – and you are invited to join us!