Once again, the big oysters barge was of good use when eight tough Green Army volunteers and staff from the Gosford Council joined Clean4Shore to tackle muddy mangroves, bulky rubbish and a pile of bean bag balls that had to be cleaned up in the Empire Bay Wetlands in NSW.
What people dump there would be enough to fill a house: Amongst oyster products, poly pipes, lounge cushions, foam mattresses, timber stairs, a trampoline frame, water drums, deck chairs and countless tyres were removed from this worn down site – not to forget the pile of the before mentioned styrofoam balls that were probably the item with the highest possibility of getting mistaken for food and eaten by wild animals.
In total 1.4 tonnes of rubbish were hauled through knee deep water onto the barge to take back to the council truck. Clean-ups are a tricky undertaking when your activity is ruled by tides and the site tricky to access. Great effort by the crew to not shy away from these obstacles and make removing the rubbish a priority!