In 2012 our largest haul of marine debris from one location was at Chilli Beach, in the very North of Queensland. This is a 7km remote marine debris hotspot is located just north of Lockhart River on the east coast of Cape York. This year we are excited about going back to Chilli Beach to do another MEGA beach clean up which will take place from Wednesday July 31 – Monday August 5.
Last year we collected over 5.5 tonnes of marine debris with the help of over 60 volunteers from the Lockhart River and Portland Roads Communities, CVA volunteers, QPWS Rangers and other supporters. Volunteers filled more than 513 bags, plus many huge items that wouldn’t fit in our bags like a refrigerator and gas cyclinders, and let’s not forget the infamous 4696 things we collected!
This year we invite volunteers to come and join in the fun! Everyone is welcome for either the whole event or part of the event, so if you’re planning a trip to Cape York this year, swing past Chilli Beach for a day or a week to help out with this event. There will be a carpool leaving from Cairns/Port Douglas for volunteers who need a lift or would like to take their own vehicle (4WD and 4WD experience for drivers is mandatory) and take a few volunteers. We will be camping at Chilli Beach which has limited facilities. Camping for volunteers will be provided so we do need to know how many people will be coming and what night you plan to stay.
We ask for anyone who would like to be part of this clean up to get in contact us asap, call Heidi on 0410 166 684 or email email@example.com – You need to bring plenty of energy and for this enormous beach clean up, but you do get to see one of Australia’s most beautiful areas!
This event is supported by the QLD Department of Environment’s Everyone’s Environment’s Grants.