On November 14th 2016, a group of 41 students from Rollingstone State School took to the shorelines of Balgal Beach and picked up rubbish within 3 hectares of environment. The Reef Guardian School group ranged from years three down to preps, where on the beach together they collected 17.5 kilograms in 30 minutes including a 7kg plastic drum, several fishing lines and hooks as well as typically seen cigarette butts and a variety of drink containers.
Balgal Beach is a camping site and fishing area hence the type of items the kids picked up, however in comparison to other sites with similar pressures the amount of litter left behind was minimal. Balgal Beach demonstrates that human choice and behaviour can have a grave influence on a location as visitors are taking their rubbish when they leave and locals are helping maintain the area. Read more “Citizen Scientists from Rollingstone State School”