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Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers

Indigenous Land & Sea Rangers around the country have been working with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative since 2011.

With the Rangers' assistance vital information and data has been collected, and thousands of tonnes of marine debris has been removed from remote and significant sites across Australia.

Rangers also work with community members, local shire councils, junior rangers and school students on source reduction plans, recycling programs and clean-up events.

Many Ranger teams use CyberTracker software to collect data and the Australian Marine Debris Initiative has a CyberTracker sequence available to download here.

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Wadeye Recycling Champion Award

Wadeye 1During 2017 it was great to see so many people in Wadeye involved in the community recycling project. There are many people that work to help clean the community and support our project, and several people deserve special recognition in their efforts keeping Wadeye clean.

Richard Tcherna is the number 1 recycling champion of 2017. Richard is always walking around town with his plastic bags collecting bottles and for his amazing efforts we’d like to award him with a family size washing machine. The washing machine was kindly donated by the ENI gas plant.

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3rd Wadeye Recycling Art Competition

Wadeye 2Rangers coordinated an art competition within the community to coincide with the Wadeye Festival. The major theme of the artwork is to make art using waste and recycled materials. This is the 3rd consecutive year this activity was conducted and again we had some good support from several organisations and individuals with approximately 12 entries from groups including crèche and school kids and individuals.

The entries were displayed Friday and Saturday 1-2nd September with many people voting for their favourite art pieces. The votes were counted and the art piece with highest number of votes won the first prize. Winners are listed below.

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Alligator Creek 2017

201706 HopevaleThree Tangaroa Blue crew camped at Alligator Creek over 3 days in late June for a beach clean-up and data collection activity with the HopeVale Indigenous Rangers and HopeVale School. On the first day, the team collected just over 50kgs of marine debris in two hours. On the second day 108kgs was removed in the morning, and when the team was joined by 11 students from HopeVale School, who in their cleaning frenzy, added another 35kg of marine debris from their local beach.

Through our observations and discussions, we established that the source of a lot of this collected rubbish was from the adjacent campsite, so the students did a big clean up of the area, and collected a further 76kg of rubbish that could have potentially found its way to the nearby ocean! Well done to the HopeVale students for taking a proactive action towards stopping marine debris from occurring in the first place!

At the end of our visit, we sorted through what could be recycled, and successfully diverted 1 cubic metre of plastic, half a cubic metre of rope and half a cubic metre of aluminum cans from land fill. Another success for AMDI in Cape York!

Thanks to the Hopevale Shire Council, Hopevale Congress Rangers and Hopevale School students for their help on the beach. Also thanks to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Indigenous Partnerships for their support.

5th Annual Archer Point Clean-up

YBMIn a great display of community spirit, Yuku Baja Muliku recently joined forces with environmental marine charity Tangaroa Blue for the 5th annual Archer Point beach clean-up.

More than 40 volunteers, many of them Yuku Baja Muliku junior rangers and Cooktown locals, scoured the coastline for eight hours, picking up a vast array of marine debris before painstakingly categorising, counting and logging each item.

This tremendous effort is reinforced by some alarming numbers, with Tangaroa Blue data reporting that the day’s efforts netted approximately fourteen and a half thousand pieces of collected rubbish, including 2300 bottle caps and a staggering 900 rubber thongs.

All up, more than 500 kilograms of trash was removed from Archer Point beach.

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