Central Coast / Brisbane Waters Clean4Shore Program

The Central Coast/Brisbane Waters Clean4Shore Program is a collaboration between Graham Johnston Training Services, schools located between Sydney's Hawkesbury River and the Central Coast and local government agencies.

Each week different schools head out to clean up sections of the local river systems, and the amount of debris they remove is astounding in fact more than 40 tonnes in 2014 alone!

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Bushcraft help out with Coastcare!

20140801The Brisbane Waters Secondary Collgege Bushcraft team from Woy Woy Campus was back on the water with the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean Up Program to remove litter from the Northern Foreshore in Sandbrook Channel (Long Island) to mark August 1st.

up group! And with the assistance of Rob Moxham's barge, and skipper Mitch, the students and debris was transported for the day. 


40% of the Mangroves Cleaned!

20140502 skip binErina Bay was the location and the Brisbane Waters Secondary College Support Unit students were up to the task. With the help of Gosford Council and local oyster grower Simon Funnel, a mangrove clean-up was held to remove debris that had been washed and blown far into the mangrove system.

The peak high tide and a very keen group landed at Erina Bay and were immediately confronted by large amounts of litter. This was the first time this area has been cleaned, and the plastic bottles were scattered in thick mangroves, as tides, wind and waves pushed them further into the mangroves, the older the became.  60 bags, many of the larger type were hauled out of the mangroves. Plastic bottles and bags, making up the bulk of the items collected. Larger items collected included ten car tyres, large sailboard, oyster products, mattresses, large eski, foam products, treated timber, hardwood pallet and various large plastic buckets. All litter was deposited into the Council skip bin at the Punt Bridge.


School's Clean Up Australia!

20140307 Empire BayHeading back to Empire Bay Merritt's Wharf foreshore for a Clean Up Australia Day activity, 13 students from up Program.

The jobe for the day was to remove small litter from Merritt's Wharf foreshore to the residential zone, a length of about 600 mtres.

Low tide made sighting the litter much clearer, except for the mud, which the hardier boys handled very well. Oyster material, plenty of plastic, one only tyre, and processed timber, together with eight big bags of litter completed the day with a total of 460 kgs removed. This brings the total rubbish out of Brisbane Waters in 2014 to a mammoth 12.240 tonne!

With perfect weather the students enjoyed a swim and BBQ at Macmasters Beach after the event. Thanks to Gosford City Council for funding this program.


Year 9 Marine Studies Students on the River

20140304 YattalungaYear 9 Marine Studies students from Brisbane Waters Secondary College in Umina helped out with the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Clean-up Program on March 4th at Yattalunga Mangroves, Saratoga and Green Point.

The 11 students and teacher were assisted by local oyster grower Simon Funnel and his barge to remove over 680kg of debris from the river system.

This was the first time the Year 9 Marine Studies students had participated in the program and they were keen and full of energy.

Due to the lower tide, access was difficult, hence a move to Green Point reserve foreshore. Four tyres, oyster product and small litter was collected. The jetty at Saratoga to the Yattalunga mangroves was then cleaned, more of the same with oyster products, again filling the barge. Finally access was made at Yattalunga, the mangroves cleaned in the past week were continued. Access had the students deep in mud, mosquitoes were in plague proportions, and the litter was plentiful.


Brisbane Waters produce another 1 tonne!

20140221 Y3The task for students from Brisbane Waters Secondary College - Support Unit for the day was to remove the surveyed litter in the Yattalunga mangroves to Green Point.

With the help of Gosford City Council and local oyster grower, Simon Funnel the team pulled another 1.02 tonne of litter out of the Brisbane Waters in just a couple of hours.

The peak low tide made landing difficult with large mud flats so the group split with head teacher Martin, taking a group closer to Green Point, supported by the barge where plenty of rubbish was brought back.

The second group went into the mangroves where masses of small litter, oyster trays, tyres, lounges, plywood, plastic items and 25 full bags of litter were retrived.