Eli Creek Clean Up

20090809 Eli CreekEli Creek, a popular fishing spot saw plenty of community spirit recently when volunteers from the Fraser Coast 4WD club, OceanWatch Australia and Fraser Coast Regional Council filled 4 skip bins in the space of a few hours, with industrial and household rubbish collected from the creek. Local business Re-use & Recycle assisted in the clean-up by supplying skip bins for free.

Weighing in at 3.82 tonnes, the rubbish included beer bottles, plastic bags, clothing, fishing line, rope, wire and an assortment of household rubbish. There were a number of larger items such as car tyres and old pieces of furniture, such as bed bases, armchairs, rusted tanks, trailers and even a dumped vehicle.


Whitsunday Islands Clean Up August 2009

200908 WhitsundayReport from Libby Edge from Eco Barge Services in Airlie Beach, Queensland.

I am happy to report we collected a total of 192 kilos of marine debris from Pandanus Bay, Long Island and Roma Point, South Molle.

The Eco Barge had four volunteers on board for this day, three were Airlie Beach locals and one from Brazil.

This day was very successful. Both beaches are now pristine clean. We targeted small plastics right up to the large drums. Our volunteers had a rewarding and full day. They all commented they want to come out with with the Eco barge again, this makes me know we are achieving great things.

Today being Friday the 21/08/09 the dump truck transfered the marine debris to our local council rubbish tip.

We targeted Pandanus Bay first on Long Island and collected:

  • 15 bags = 56kgs
  • Wood with paint and nails = 25kgs
  • Rope and fishing line = 7kgs
  • Plastic drums = 12kgs
  • Metal (rusty porthole) = 20kgs

Total for Pandanus Bay was 120 kgs of rubbish.


Mowbray River Clean Up

20090813 MowbrayRivers all lead to the sea, which means marine debris can come from sources far upstream from where the litter was originally left.

On Thursday 13th August, volunteers spent an hour cleaning up around a Mowbray River boat ramp which has been used as a dumping ground as well as being impacted by visitors leaving their rubbish in the surrounding area.

Thanks to the guys on holidays from Victoria for helping with the clean up!

Where rubbish bins aren't provided, please take your rubbish home with you!!!!

Protect Our Oceans - All Rivers Lead to the Sea!

Who on Earth Cares about Cape York Beaches?

200907 CooktownThe Community of Cairns and Cooktown Cares

Submitted by Sue Hayes ACF Volunteer

On the weekend two community beach clean ups helped to remove mountains of plastic waste and marine debris from our beautiful Cape York beaches. Volunteers from both Cairns and Cooktown came together with the help of local businesses, and environmental and community organisations, to put in a grand effort to remove over 20 cubic metres of rubbish.

Archer Point, with its picturesque beaches, is often inundated with flotsam and jetsam brought in by the various ocean currents as well trash from local campers. To remove this latest rubbish were a small informal group of 6 people made up of Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) staff and volunteers from Cairns as well as Heidi Taylor from Tangaroa Blue Foundation from Port Douglas. In a 2hr blitz these volunteers collected over 21 bags of rubbish weighing almost 100kgs. Some of these items included 94 shoes, (mostly consisting of thongs), 154 plastic drink bottles, 330 remnants of plastic bags, 1371 bits of plastic scraps, 94 polystyrene foam bits and 280 lids.

The second day was a more coordinated effort organised by Cape York NRM Working Group with over 30 people participating in a massive beach clean up spanning approximately 4.4kms on North Shore beach directly opposite Cooktown. This beach is only really accessible by boat, so with the fantastic efforts of QPWS Marine Parks & Land based Ranger, Cooktown Cruisers and the Cooktown Volunteer Coast Guard, the volunteers were safely ferried to the beach. Quad bikes generously provided by Darren Maudsley 'Gofer' and Lyle, were essential in transporting over 150 rubbish bags collected along the length of the beach to the mainland and into the Council skip. Other volunteers came from Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Cape York Weeds and Feral Animal Project (CYWAFAP), Country Women's Association (CWA), South Cape York Catchment (SCYC), Tangaroa Blue Foundation, Cape York Marine Advisory Group (CYMAG), The Lure Shop, as well as other local community members.


Origin and Conservation Volunteers Australia at the Beach!

In March this year Origin achieved the milestone of half a million green energy accounts – and to celebrate they partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia to help contribute to the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Ten projects along the Queensland Coast from Brisbane to Cairns have been sponsored including beach clean-ups to remove rubbish that can be fatal for marine animals.

Origin's sponsored projects will impact on half a million m2 (50 hectares) of land to ensure the health of waterways – bring together more than 500 customers and employees for a better environment and involve more than 500 volunteer days. As well as the beach clean ups, projects including weed control in catchment areas to help restore native biodiversity, revegetation projects to help prevent bank erosion and improve water quality, fencing programs to keep out uncontrolled stock and seed collection to provide an insurance policy.