The Hawkesbury River Foreshore Program (Clean4shore) kick started their 2014 effort with a clean up on February 4th at Parsley Bay and Little Wobby. Joining the Croft students was local oyster growner Mitch, Hornsby Mayor, council staff and the Hornsby Advocate for a river clean up from Parsley Bay to Juno Point along the Hawkesbury River.
After the morning introductions and safety brief, everyone headed out on the barges and IRBs to Dead Horse Bay, where it was nice to see not too much litter. Eleanor Beach was also very clean, however Gunyah had plenty of beer bottles, tissues, old tent and food packaging in a bush area utilised for camping on the eastern end.
Spring Beach was also clean, several food packaging materials were found in the seagrass at the back of the beach. Croppy Beach was very untidy. A camping group had left the remains of a large campfire with bottles and cans buried in the coals of the fire. Food packaging was spread throughout the tiny stretch of sand. Two full bags were removed from this beach.
A pending thunder storm shortened the program, as rain arrived, the group returned to Parsley Bay. In total 5 full bags were retrieved plus bulk, unloaded at Parsley Bay, total weight 40 kgs.
Thanks to funding from The Croft and the Hornsby Council for the event.