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Long Island Back Under the Spotlight!

201709173hrs spent by Rolland Hassall School students from Parramatta and unwanted material and litter was all removed from the Northern Foreshore of Long Island. As part of the Clean Foreshore Program, students from all around the Hawkesbury and Brisbane Waters have been responsible for the removal of more than 20 tonnes of rubbish and debris from these river systems over the last 12 months!

This particular clean-up had to contend with strong wind warnings, and only one craft operating, which resulted in a change in venue to the safer waters near Long Island. The rising tide made craft landings difficult, as oyster covered rocks had to be navigated in order to retrieve rubbish.

A 200 litre aluminum fuel tank was retrieved, stacks of polystyrene foam, and the usual plastic bottles all collected. The area under the Railway Bridge was very dirty, as dumping and poor practices by recreational users, saw three large bags filled from a small section of foreshore.

Eight full bags plus larger items were all deposited in the skip bin at Rob Moxhams and the alloy tank was stored for recycling. Rob showed the coordinator four old boats on Spectacle Island, that will be removed by a team in the future.

Number of bags of litter collected = 8 bags plus bulk - Approximate volume of litter collected = 160 Kg

Project funded by the Hornsby Council / Greater Sydney Local Land Services