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Tangaroa Targets Tourism

20150313 PDTangaroa Blue presented itself at the Wet Tropics Tour Guide Field School in Port Douglas on March 13th, a new and unique platform to educate the educators.
 
The idea was born during a walk on the beach when one of our crew and tour guide found out how misinformed tourists are about litter and marine debris and what a strong message a tour guide can send when you walk the talk and lead by example.

The two-day-excursion run by the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) provides tour guides in Far North QLD with a broader insight and background information about projects and organisations in their region to boost their knowledge. Tangaroa Blue's presentation aimed to build a sense of pride and ownership amongst the audience for the unique environment, explained the sources and  impacts of marine debris, illustrated the concept of Tangaroa Blue and equipped the tour guides with tips on how to inspire their clients to do the right thing and reduce littering.

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2015 Cape York Adventure!

20130628 MapoonTangaroa Blue volunteers are pulling out all their camping gear and preparing for this year's Cape York week-long adventure beach clean-ups and you're invited!

Starting in June at Captain Billy's Landing, we'll then head down to Lockhart River in July for the Chilli Beach Clean Up and then over to Mapoon in the Gulf of Carpentaria in September.

Also on the schedule with dates to be confirmed are clean-ups in Cooktown, Cape Bedford and Cedar Bay with more events to be added as we get closer.

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Counting Colourful Confetti!

20150301 MyallOnce more, Tangaroa Blue set their foot on a beach that has not seen a clean-up in over three years: Myall Beach in beautiful Cape Tribulation, QLD, was our target for Clean Up Australia Day on the March 7th.

15 dedicated volunteers - some of them drove almost three hours to be part of it - tackled the 2 km stretch of beach, equipped with bags, trolleys, pick-up tools and an incredible amount of patience.

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Townsville Set for Series of Clean Ups!

20140302 TownsvilleTownsville has been busy this year organising beach clean ups! Thanks to the devolved grant 'Engaging and Strengthening Communities' we received at the beginning of the year from NQ Dry Tropics, we have been able to partner with Conservation Volunteers Australia and NQ Dry Tropics to do two beach clean ups in Townsville, as well as organise a beach clean-up in Ayr at Alva Beach!

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Monsoon First Flush of Drains & Creeks

20141220 MossmanIt's really hot up here in the tropics and we are all heading down to our nearest creek and swimming hole to cool off - we are also on the verge of our monsoon wet season starting. So if you are heading out for a swim, please make sure you take all your litter home with you - as soon as the rains start it will take all the rubbish that people have just left at these beautiful cool oasis straight to the ocean and into the Great Barrier Reef.

A huge thanks to Tangaroa Blue volunteer Suz Garrett, who spent her Saturday morning collecting 751 pieces of litter from South Mossman Creek - stopping all this junk from ending up in our ocean as soon as the rains start and all stormwater drains, creeks and rivers get their first flush of the season! The included 22 plastic drink bottles, 15 plastic shopping bags, 94 plastic food packages, 52 sanitary items (toilet paper and nappies), 28 beer bottles, 101 aluminium cans and 67 cardboard food packs.