Western Australia

Bush Rangers out on the beach!

2016 Rangers HilarysOver 50 people attended a 'how to' presentation and clean-up activity at Hilary's Beach as part of the 2016 Bush and River Rangers Conference, held at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Perth. Ranger instructors were shown how to safely prepare and coordinate beach clean-ups, during the hands on practical 1,100 items of rubbish were removed from the beach and the information has been compiled and recorded into the Australian Marine Debris Database. Feedback was very positive and a number of instructors have signed up to coordinate clean-ups as part of the WA Beach Clean up event to be held over the weekend of October 15 & 16.

2015 WA Beach Clean Up Report Released

WABCURThe history of the West Australian Beach Clean-up is as old as Tangaroa Blue itself: for the 11th consecutive year, over 1,200 volunteers removed more than 5.5 tons of rubbish from the beaches of WA in October last year. A big thank you to Coastwest for the loyal funding all this time! We've finally crunched all the numbers and released the 2015 WA Beach Clean-Up Report!

It is time to stir the game up a little bit. For 11 years, the residents of WA proved to be committed and by now well trained beach warriors feeding a great deal of data into the Australian Marine Debris Database. Now we want to give you something back: In this year’s report we have bundled the data outcomes of the previous years into Natural Resource Management (NRM) Regions.


Chidley Point Clean Up Australia Day

2016Perth scuba clean up teamThanks to everyone for making Sunday's clean-up a very successful event. Keep Australia Beautiful WA, EarthCarers, The Town of Mosman Park and Tangaroa Blue were joined by 80 volunteers, as well as 10 divers from Perth Scuba doing their bit under the water for Clean Up Australia Day at Chidley Point.

Our litter audit of just 5% of the bags showed the item littered most was paper and cardboard and paper packaging, glass beer bottles and broken bottles (many retrieved by my colleague Adam and family on the slope in front of where cars are parked), plastic plates, cutlery, straws and plastic drink bottles.

In total volunteers picked up 45 bags with an estimated weight of 270 kg! Volunteers also consumed 60 cups of coffee and managed to polish off all the morning tea on offer!

11th WA Beach Clean-up!

WABCU newslettertThis is where Tangaroa Blue took off 11 years ago: the beaches of Western Australia. What started with a small group of concerned individuals in southern WA, has since snowballed across the whole state and eventually the whole country into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative! Every year in October, Australians along the entire WA coast come together, grab some bags and stick their hands into gloves to collect rubbish from as many sites along their coast as possible.

This year, our annual event will take off on the weekend of the 10th & 11th of October with the help of countless veteran volunteers and many newcomers. You can register a site or join an existing team and help clean-up at one of more than 130 beaches over the event weekend.

Locations that are inviting volunteers to come along and help are listed below. If you would like more information about any location, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


Are you sick of the amount of rubbish on your beach?

SWCC BunburyLWell so are we! But if all we do is clean-up, that's all we'll ever do! So what is the solution???

Join in a community Source Reduction Plan workshop that actually works on finding practical solutions that stop the flow of rubbish into our oceans in the first place – and we need your local knowledge to do it!

Free Half day workshops will be held in Albany, Bunbury, Rockingham, Geraldton, Karratha and Port Hedland throughout March and April with the goal of creating a local Source Reduction Plan in each region to address what is washing up on your beach. Click on the Read More button to find out where these workshops are being held and how to register.