New South Wales

The Glen Turn Demolition Team!

201405 The Glen

As part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program (Clean4shore), clean-ups have been taking place as part of their Buff Point Grant. On May 8th, members of The Glen Aboriginal Men's Group joined in for the demolitian and removal of three old barges in the bay in Pelican Island.

Under a threatening sky and a falling tide, the team from The Glen, utilised Simon Funnel's oyster barge to get into the bay. Time was critical as the falling tide, would make the return difficult.


Holiday Makers Help out at Bensville Jetty

Bruce Andrew Olivia Ollie Amber Hugh and SophieA small family on holidays at Macmasters Beach, gave Clean4shore a go, joining local volunteers for a clean-up at Bensville Jetty. 14 full bags of litter were retrieved, plus plenty of larger items including a toilet seat, irrigation pipe, truck and car tyre, oyster products, deck chairs, treated pine, shade cloth, tarpaulins and fence palings. The most common items were the 280 plastic bottles, plus 420 plastic bags or pieces of plastic. In total 480kgs were removed and disposed off at the Woy Woy landfill.

Unfortunatley some residents have cut paths through the mangrove system to enable them to reach the water's edge from their houses. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students assisted in the clean-up as part of their required community service and great support from local shop owner Sue from Bottle Tree Café who took care of the volunteers following the clean-up.

What an EPIC Clean up - No Plastic Please!

201403 EPIC2014 SST0464 lowThe invite had stated that all participants needed to bring their own refillable waterbottles and that we were going to have a waste free BBQ, and after the waste audit, it all made sense! As part of their annual EPIC Day  (Environment, People, Industry and Community), workers from Laing O'Rourke joined forces with Two Hands Project and Living Ocean for the 3rd year.

We chose the same site as last year at the edge of Botany Bay in Sydney, Australia, and with this new group of volunteers we dug in and collected over 1750 pieces of marine debris! This is the spot where the infamous Cooks River meets the Tasman Sea, and much of the debris enters the river system and ultimately the ocean from stormwater drains from many kilometres inland. Amongst it the usual suspects found during the clean up were 92 plastic bottletops, 135 plastic bottles, 258 plastic food wrappers, 55 shopping bags, 42 foam cups and 103  aluminum cans! The complete data will go into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database to help find practical solutions that prevent marine debris in our environment.

Cogra Bay Residents Join the Clean Up Effort

20140310 Cogra Bay 3As part of the Hawkesbury River Foreshore Porgram, school students have been helping to remove massive amounts of marine debris from the river, but today the Cogra Bay locals joined the effort to remove large bukl items from the environment.

Wth the help of local oyster grower Rob Moxham and the Gosford City Council, volunteers started early to beat the falling tide.

Three fiberglass speedboats were cut up with a chain saw and stacked on the jetty ready for loading. A large 30 foot ply cruiser, was BBQed, the week prior, with all metal pieces removed from the rubble and placed on the jetty.


11 Volunteers - 1 Day - 3.2 tonnes of Debris Removed!

20131126 KincumberToday was set as a mission to remove all the bulk oyster product from the collection site at Kincumber Creek as part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean Up Program!

With the help of local oyster grower, Simon Funnel and representatives from the Department of Fisheries, Oceanwatch Australia, Gosford City Council and volunteers from Macmasters Beach Surf Life Saving Club 3.2 tonne of debris was removed from this river site in just 3 hours!

The falling tide placed emphasis on getting in early, as the barge would not negotiate the shallow muddy waters, at the front of the bulk site which held many submerged metal based oyster trays (100 plus) and needs professional removal.