Brisbane Waters Secondary College ‘The Croft’ headed out to the Hawkesbury River for a clean up along the southern and western foreshores of the Hawkesbury River and Spectacle Island on March 28th.
A peak high tide enabled craft and student access to the mangroves and foreshores of Spectacle Island, however with the high water, visibility was restricted. Abundant litter was removed from both sides of the Island, mostly plastic floating on the surface, six bags counted and deposited at the Derrubben Reserve bins. The larger items included a 40 litre compressed gas bottle, oyster trays and baskets, plastic tubing, foam items, two tyres and milk crates were all deposited at the long Island bulk site for a pickup in the coming weeks.
A survey completed on the northern foreshore of Long Island discovered plenty of flood debris and the group also linked up with HNCMA’s Rebecca Mooy, on a re-vegetation project on Spectacle Island.
The amount of debris being consistently recovered from this area, highlights in the importance of first removing the backlog of debris and then continual maintenance to keep it under control, along with an educational program for river residents.
A big thank you to all the students, partners and supporters for their help with this program, the amount of debris being removed shows how needed it is!