Snapper Island gets a Spring Clean

The Snapper Island Clean Up held last weekend was another successful event for Tangaroa Blue in 2012. With 67 volunteers coming out to the island on a perfect day wanting to get their hands dirty to help look after the island.

Tangaroa (Maori God of the Sea) turned on a cracker day with flat seas, no wind and sunny skies, making life a lot easier to get around the island to remove all the rubbish.

The usual suspects were found on the island such as 165 thongs, 312 plastic drink bottles, 305 lids and bottletops. Also found were 4 massive tractor tyres and over 60 pieces of the Bureau of Meteorology’s weather balloon targets.

The island was last cleaned at the beginning of March when 531kg removed, so the 304kg collected during this event has washed up on the island in just over 6 months – and this is still too much!

The day would not be possible without the help of the local community chipping in and doing their part to help clean up our pristine island. A big thank you goes out to the Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Caring for Our Country and Port Douglas Coast Guard, for the use of their headquarters, skippers and boats. Also to Under Wraps, for providing all the food to keep the volunteers feed; Windswell, OutnAbout, Flying Fish, Freedom IV, and all the skippers for their time and boats; and Cairns Regional Council. It would not be possible without you, but most all the volunteers for rolling up their sleeves and getting stuck in to the job at hand.

We look forward to seeing you all next year for what will be another great clean up


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