QLD Communities Stopping at the Source

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With the support of Gladstone Regional Council and the Australian Government, Tangaroa Blue delivered two Marine Debris Source Reduction workshops in the Gladstone region on 30 and 31 May.

The Agnes Workshop was co-hosted by the Discovery Coast Environment Group and 11 participants and have developed some great collaborative strategies to bring their plans for a single use plastic-free community to life.

Gladstone saw a fantastic turn-out of 28 participants including the Gidarjil Sea Rangers, Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (GHHP), Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA), Local Marine Advisory Committee (LMAC), Gladstone Regional Council, Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Society for Growing Australian plants (SGAP) and amazing volunteers like Ian Anderson.

With the third highest number of clean-ups in Australia it’s not surprising that the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Beaches have been recognised as the cleanest beach in Queensland in the 2018 Keep Australia Beautiful awards.

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On Friday 1 June a Source Reduction Plan Workshop was held at the Keppel Bay Sailing Club in Yeppoon. Stakeholder representatives including Livingstone Shire Council, the Great Barrier Reef Authority, St Brendan’s College and local community groups and individuals came together to discuss ways in which they could reduce the amount of marine debris entering Keppel Bay using information that has been uploaded to the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) Database by local people over the last five years.

The event was supported through the Australian Government’s Community and Heritage Icons Grant and the Keppel Bay Sailing Club. Attendees were able to gain a better understanding of the scale of the marine debris problem worldwide and some of the challenges that come with trying to address the issue. A summary of the last several years of debris collected in the Livingstone area helped participants choose key areas and items that needed to be focussed on to formulate a source reduction plan to stop the items ending up on the beaches in the first place. Ideas in development include reducing the general use of single use plastic, with a focus on single use coffee cups, plastic shopping bags and single use plastic water bottles.

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