Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers

Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers around the country have been working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative since 2011.

With the Rangers' assistance vital information and data has been collected, and thousands of tonnes of marine debris has been removed from remote and significant sites across Australia.

Rangers also work with community members, local shire councils, junior rangers and school students on source reduction plans, recycling programs and clean-up events.

Many Ranger teams use CyberTracker software to collect data and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative has a CyberTracker sequence available to download here.

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Recycling efforts at Wadeye storm past 1,000,000 milestone

Recycling WadeyeThe people of Wadeye in the Northern Territory, recently stormed past 1,000,000 beverage containers being recycled through the local collection point, removing a significant volume of rubbish from the town and surrounding country. In addition, over 1,000 old car batteries have been recycled, equivalent to 10,000 kg of lead and acid removed from country.

The recycling program at Wadeye was established by the Thamarrurr Rangers in 2016, following years of collecting marine debris from the vast 250 km coastline of the Thamarrurr Region. The Rangers looked at ways of reducing the source of this rubbish, and found that ~70% consisted of plastic bottles, cans and other beverage containers. This led to the decision to start a Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) collection point in the community.


Rubbish Art 2018

2018 Art1Every year during the Wadeye Festival the Thamarrurr Rangers host a rubbish art competition.

This year we had great entries yet again with participants from the School, Rangers and CDP.

Great prizes were donated, including a washing machine from ENI (gas plant), and vouchers donated by Murrinhpatha Store, TDC Village and TDC Nursery.

We would like to congratulate all participants and thank all the businesses who donated prizes.

Wadeye Recycling Champion Award

Wadeye 1During 2017 it was great to see so many people in Wadeye involved in the community recycling project. There are many people that work to help clean the community and support our project, and several people deserve special recognition in their efforts keeping Wadeye clean.

Richard Tcherna is the number 1 recycling champion of 2017. Richard is always walking around town with his plastic bags collecting bottles and for his amazing efforts we’d like to award him with a family size washing machine. The washing machine was kindly donated by the ENI gas plant.


3rd Wadeye Recycling Art Competition

Wadeye 2Rangers coordinated an art competition within the community to coincide with the Wadeye Festival. The major theme of the artwork is to make art using waste and recycled materials. This is the 3rd consecutive year this activity was conducted and again we had some good support from several organisations and individuals with approximately 12 entries from groups including crèche and school kids and individuals.

The entries were displayed Friday and Saturday 1-2nd September with many people voting for their favourite art pieces. The votes were counted and the art piece with highest number of votes won the first prize. Winners are listed below.


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