Students from North Gosford Learning Centre joined the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program for a return trip back to the mangroves in front of Woy Woy Train Station at the beginning of December.
The task for the day for the 7 students and their 2 teachers was to remove unwanted litter from the foreshores of Mangrove Island, Hardys Bay and Woy Woy Bay foreshores.
The peak high tide allowed access to these foreshores in bright sunshine with up where one of those dreaded large black oyster trays was retrieved along with four bags of mixed litter.
The tide allowed the IRBs to access the foreshore at Hardys Bay and Rileys Bay mangroves was cleaned up with ten full bags of litter and larger items included a car tyre, large mooring buoy, seven oyster trays and a washing clothes basket was removed.
Local oyster grower Todd Ellis, again assisted the program, recycling the intact oyster trays into his oyster farm.
All litter was transported back to the Woy Woy boat ramp, filling the trailer and then bthe dead seagrass, covering much of the heavier litter, but exposing bulk plastic bottles, lids and glass bottles. Another ten full bags removed in only 100 metres of foreshore.
The boys enjoyed a refreshing swim in Waterfall Bay prior to returning to the ramp. A total of 150kg was transported to Woy Woy Landfill and the large orange mooring buoy was recycled to Macmasters Beach Surf Club, to be utilised as a swimming marker, for the Nippers members.