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Queensland

Container Deposit Scheme

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As you may be aware, the Container Refund Scheme is now in effect in Queensland and TBF is accepting your donations. There are several methods of turning in recyclables:  Reverse Vending Machines (RVM’s), Drop off points, Over-the-counter depots and Commercial depots (for very large amounts). If you are turning in bottles to benefit TBF, you must quote our scheme ID: C10033976.  For locations and more information, visit: www.containersforchange.com.au.

Great Barrier Reef Tender

201304 SurfriderTangaroa Blue Foundation and Conservation Volunteers Australia are excited to announce that we have been engaged by the Australian Government to deliver a $5 million program of local actions to clean-up and prevent litter from entering Great Barrier Reef waterways over the next five years.

Heidi Taylor, CEO and founder of Tangaroa Blue Foundation states, “We are excited that this funding from the Australian Government will enable us, together with our local AMDI partners, to develop and implement a strategic plan over the next five years to tackle marine debris across the Reef and to address the increasing threat it represents to this natural icon.”

As Australia’s largest environmental volunteer engagement organisation, Conservation Volunteers Australia will work in close collaboration with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a range of local project partners to build on existing efforts to clean up the Reef.

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ReefBlitz 2018

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A total of 10 coastal and waterway clean-up events ran from October 12th to November 10th around the Townsville area as part of the 2018 ReefBlitz!

Events took place at Aplin’s Weir, Apex Park and Southern Port Road along the Ross River as well as Shelly Cove, Rowe’s Bay and Pallarenda Beach, Balgal Beach just north of the city, plus Nelly, Alma, Geoffrey, Florence and Horseshoe Bays over at Magnetic Island.

Across these sites, collaboration amongst partners and the local community engaged 130 participants that recovered a total of 280 kilograms of discarded litter and marine debris over just 5 days from Townsville’s and Magnetic Island’s coastline, helping protect local marine habitats and nursery grounds of the green sea turtle population, the rare dugong, shark species and migrating whales.

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$5 million to tackle marine debris across the GBR

201408 Woody2Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Conservation Volunteers Australia are excited to announce that we have been engaged by the Australian Government to deliver a $5 million program of local actions to clean-up and prevent litter from entering Great Barrier Reef waterways over the next five years.

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is a leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris. In 2004, Tangaroa Blue Foundation established the Australian Marine Debris Initiative which has a network of over 1,000 partners, engaging over 120,000 volunteers and removing more than 1,000 tonnes of litter from Australia’s marine environment.

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Cleaning up Beaches around Orpheus & Fantome Islands

201809 Orpheus1Tangaroa Blue Foundation and a team of 17 ambitious individuals set out from Lucinda towards Orpheus Island National Park with a mission to relieve sections of the windward stretch of coast from the burden of discarded and forgotten marine debris. Staying at the Orpheus Island Research Station from the 28th of September to the 1st of October 2018, the crew split up into groups to cover more coastline over the two days, accessing some sites by hiking trails or via water with Queensland Parks and Wildlife’s barge, the “Island Ranger”.

The group successfully cleared a total of 3.5 kilometers of coastline from 711kgs of marine debris that translates to a volume of 10,970 liters, where more than 80% of the haul was plastic!!

The year 2018 has hosted two Orpheus Island clean-up events where Tangaroa Blue has been able to collaborate with partners in the expansion of clean-up sites around the Goolboddi Islands. This past weekend the team targeted their existing sites at Pioneer, Fig Tree and Big Rock bays, in addition to two new sites at South Beach and Picnic Bay on Orpheus. They were also able to stretch out and step foot on the northern beach of Fantome Island for the first time, removing 210kgs of mostly light-weight plastics such as drink bottles and foam! Across just 600 meters, the team loaded up 4,200 liters from Fantome onto the Island Ranger for transportation to mainland for proper disposal.

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