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NSW Storms Flush Out Litter

201505 gosfordVolunteers from Macmasters Beach Surf Club spent their morning on Wednesday the 6th of May surveying foreshore areas for litter density. The volunteers covered specific areas from Kincumber Creek and Empire Bay through to Yattalunga.

The survey identified areas that had reasonably low levels of litter, to areas that included very high levels of debris. In one particular area that was surveyed, over 100 oyster trays were found, which is unfortunately a familiar story for Clean4Shore volunteers.

The Clean4Shore program has already conducted countless litter cleanups within the Gosford area, removing hundreds of kilos of debris from local waterways. This survey will help the program participants focus their efforts, and will allow them to target priority sites for future foreshore cleanup activities.

1 Tonne from 200m for Foreshore!

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The Clean4shore team headed across to Narara Creek and Fagans Bay along the Brisbane Waters estuary on 16th April with a group from Dimension Data.

An enormous 104 bags were filled, plus bulk items weighing a total of 1 tonne from just 200m of foreshore and mangrove!

Funding support from Gosford City Council

This was day four for the Dimension Data team, who travelled by train from Sydney to Gosford Railway Station to be picked up by Clean4shore. The group assembled at Gosford Sailing Club, completed equipment check and a safety briefing before boarding oyster grower, Simon Funnel's barge. The weather turned a perfect sunny day, the calm before the storms that occured the following week!

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Another 400kg from Brisbane Waters!

201504erina1A very keen group of nine clients and staff from Response Training and the same number from Macmasters Beach Surf Club headed to Erina Creek in the Brisbane Waters for the Clean4Shore's first clean-up of Erina Creek on April 9th.

The team were immediately met by a mountain of rubbish including beer bottles and lots of plastic within the thick mangroves. The team collected everything that they could reach, and at times it was extremely difficult to retrieve along this 800 metre section from the boat ramp to Patemans Road.

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Fagan's Bay Foreshore Clean-up Continued

201502 FaganAfter documenting the intense marine debris issue at Fagan's Bay a week earlier, 'The Glen' crew headed back with reinforcements from Response Training to continue the effort.

The clean-up crew was joined by NBN television, which documented the event, highlighting the intense volume of litter that collects in the bay. On this particular day, that included a double bed mattress, a car battery, six deck chairs, five car tyres, a microwave oven, and over 2,200 plastic bottles.

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The men from ‘The Glen’ have done it again!

201502fagansbayAt low tide on the 11th of Feb, the team from The Glen took on the challenging task of removing the litter that had collected on the western side of the railway bridge entering Fagans Bay. This was the first time the Clean4Shore program had targeted this particular area, as was evident by the enormous amount of debris found and removed.

Of the mere 150m targeted by the clean up team, an incredible 17,967 individual pieces of debris were collected in just over 3 hours. This included 5,670 pieces of polystyrene, 1,855 food wrappers, 1,645 plastic bottles, and 2,590 plastic bags and fragments.

And to top it all off, not only did this incredible amount of debris get removed from the environment, but the story also got radio coverage drawing much needed attention to the issue of marine debris. Keep track of the Clean4Shore program at www.facebook.com/clean4shore.