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Cape Kimberley Surprise

20150426 CKCleaning up beaches is like collecting Kinder Surprise eggs (but with a positive environmental impact!): Most of the time you get what you already have more than enough of in your collection: drink bottles, styrofoam, thongs, plastic remnants etc. But every now and again you get this rare toy that you have never seen before and that amuses and entertains you. This can certainly be said for our latest quarterly Cape Kimberley clean-up in Far North QLD where the crew picked a fairly complete collection of hens night paraphernalia out of the pile of rubbish. And it wouldn't be Tangaroa Blue if this wouldn't also confront the team with the interesting and vital question: What category to put those items under in the database?

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Alva Beach = 570kgs Removed!

2015040 Ayr2The Alva Beach Clean Up weekend was a huge success, with over 570kgs collected and removed from more than 6 kilometres of Alva Beach! We had great partners over the weekend that made it all happen. The Gudjuda Reference Group started us off on Friday by bringing in a bus full of local school students who were very eager to help clean-up the beach and quad bikes to help transport the rubbish back to the base camp where the weighing and sorting took place. Gudjuda Reference Group also provided a group of Rangers on Saturday for our Community Day and delivered a Welcome to Country talk for the rest of the volunteers.

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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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