Well so are we! But if all we do is clean-up, that’s all we’ll ever do! So what is the solution???
Join in a community Source Reduction Plan workshop that actually works on finding practical solutions that stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans in the first place – and we need your local knowledge to do it!
Free Half day workshops will be held in Albany, Bunbury, Rockingham, Geraldton, Karratha and Port Hedland throughout March and April with the goal of creating a local Source Reduction Plan in each region to address what is washing up on your beach. Click on the Read More button to find out where these workshops are being held and how to register.
For the last 10 years, Tangaroa Blue Foundation has been asking volunteers to document everything that they have been removing during their beach clean-ups, now we have a pretty good grasp of what is out there – it’s time to start using this data to create change that stops marine debris from becoming marine debris in the first place.
Volunteers and partners have removed more than 1,130,859 bits of rubbish, weighing over 74.7 tonnes from WA beaches since the WA Beach Clean Up events started in 2004, and all this data tells a story of what is impacting our oceans and marine life.
“When volunteers create and implement a local Source Reduction Plan they can easily check its success through further clean-ups and data collection. This means that beach clean-up volunteers are much more than just rubbish collectors, they are researchers, investigators, and assist in natural resource management.” Said Heidi Taylor, co-founder of Tangaroa Blue Foundation.
All parts of the community, government and industry are encouraged to come along to the workshops, meaning a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience to draw from in the creation of the Source Reduction Plan.
If you would like to be involved please contact your local NRM office regarding dates and registration.
South Coast NRM – Albany – March 23rd from 4pm – 7.30pm at The Old Co-op, Western Australian Museum – Albany. Light snacks and refreshments provided. RSVP Peter Pritchard email@example.com or (08) 9841 4844
South West Catchment Council – Bunbury – March 22nd from 1pm – 4pm at Milligan Community Learning & Resource Centre, 35 Milligan St, Bunbury. Refreshments provided. RSVP by 16th March to Jen Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 9781 3107
Perth NRM – Rockingham – 28th March from 9am – 12pm at Naragebup Environment Centre, 49 Safety Bay Road, Rockingham (opposite Lake Richmond). Refreshments provided. RSVP Craig Wilson Craig.wilson@Kwinana.wa.gov.au or (08) 9439 0433
Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – Geraldton – 30th March from 4pm – 8pm at The Wedge Building, Western Australian Museum – Geraldton, 1 Museum Place. Dinner provided so RSVPs essential. RSVP Felicity Beswick email@example.com or (08) 9938 0108
Rangelands NRM – Karratha – March 10th from 5pm – 8.30pm at the Karratha Leisureplex, opposite Broadhurst Rd, Dampier Hwy. Refreshments provided. RSVP Chris Curnow firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 9468 8251
Rangelands NRM – Port Hedland – March 9th from 5pm – 8.30pm at Council Chambers, Town of Port Hedland Civic Centre, McGregor St. Refreshments provided. RSVP Bridgette Poulton email@example.com or 0488 907 260
A big thank you goes to Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA and Coastwest for funding these workshops as well as South Coast NRM, South West Catchments Council, Perth Region NRM, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, Rangelands NRM and all their local partners for supporting these events.