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Winter Time Cleanups in WA

20120731-BoranupWinter time cleanups were once again carried out at Deepdene and Boranup as part of the ongoing monitoring of marine debris on these remote south west beaches. University of Western Australia students from Currie Hall spent a number of days in the Margaret River region carrying out volunteering work on coastcare projects.

As part of this generous effort they assisted at Boranup and helped clear 2268 items weighing in at 86Kg from the beach.

The Cape to Cape Catchments Group Volunteers took time off from their busy schedule of bushfire restoration work and enjoyed a change of pace for a mornings cleanup at Deepdene Beach. With conditions limiting the extent of accessible beach the cleanup recovered 736 items weighing 46Kg.

94% of the debris from Boranup was from offshore sources while Deepdene's proportion was 96%. At both beaches plastic bits and pieces were most numerous, followed by rope and net scraps in second place and lids and tops coming third.

A very sincere thanks to Brianna and team from Currie Hall at UWA and to Chiara and volunteers from the Cape to Cape Catchment Group in Margaret River for their help, as well to the South West Catchments Council for their support of funding through the Groundworks Grant.