The team from Brisbane Waters Secondary College’s ‘The Croft’ headed out onto the Hawkesbury River to monitor and clean the isolated beaches and foreshores from Parlsey Bay to Juno Point and Little Wobby on October 30th.
The project, funded by Hornsby Council and Greater Sydney Local Land Services, is part of the Hawkesbury Estuary Clean4Shore Program, which involves students and volunteers in the removal of tonnes of marine debris from the Hawkesbury river system every year.
With three of the students on their first outing with Clean4Shore, the perfect weather conditions couldn’t have given them a introduction to the project.
The rising tide enabled safe entry to all sites and all beaches were in reasonably good condition. Plastic bottles, foam items and plastic bags were the most common items found. Larger items included a car tyre on a rim, BBQ cover, foam surfboard, crab nets, fuel drums and odd bits of rope were also removed.
All items were placed in the skip bin at Rob Moxhams, which is now chokka block from the boats removed from Spectacle Island. A great effort by this group, and thanks to the supervising staff for their assistance.
In total 5 bags of marine debris were collected as well as some larger items all weighing up to approximately 40kgs.