Townsville has been busy this year organising beach clean ups! Thanks to the devolved grant ‘Engaging and Strengthening Communities’ we received at the beginning of the year from NQ Dry Tropics, we have been able to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and NQ Dry Tropics to do two beach clean ups in Townsville, as well as organise a beach clean-up in Ayr at Alva Beach!
Saturday February 28th is the Shelley Beach Clean-up with Conservation Volunteers Australia. This is the second year we have partnered with them to clean this remote Townsville beach and we are looking forward receiving this next set of data.,/p>
Sunday March 1st is the ‘Celebrate the Sea Festival’ hosted by NQ Dry Tropics at Robertson Park, Pallarenda. Pallarenda is a 5km beach, and attracts hundreds of locals a year to it for Clean Up Australia Day. This will be the third year we have collected data at Celebrate the Sea Festival and we are looking forward to spreading environmental messages, as well as engaging the public in a new guessing game of “How long does it take to break-up?”.
Alva Beach Clean-up in Ayr is going to be over the weekend of the 10th-12th of April. We will be organising a Tangaroa Blue Foundation team to drive down and camp at Alva Beach Tourist Park. We will target 8 kilometres of the beach, and are partnering with the local Yongala Dive Shop to help transport volunteers and rubbish bags down and back with their boats. On Saturday the 11th, we will be inviting the public to come and volunteer with us as well as inviting local groups to come and have a community day. Here, locals in the community can come and learn about what groups are in their area, what they are doing and what they can do to get involved.
If you’d like to register for any of these events just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We’d like to thank the Burdekin Shire Council, Yongala Dive shop, Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing and Gudjuda Reference Group for partnering with us for the project, we look forward creating more partnerships for the community day.
Again, many thanks to NQ Dry Tropics for the Engaging and Strengthening Communities Grant to make these clean-ups possible in the area, and for the opportunity to create and engage in partnership with so many great local groups. I’d also like to thank Officeworks in Hermit Park for their support in printing educational and promotional material that will be long lasting for us here in Townsville.