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Storm events dump debris in Sydney

201506 Hawkesbury RiverLast week 3 volunteers from Brisbane Waters Secondary College the Croft, Hornsby Council and Greater Sydney Local Land Services responded to community reports of high levels of marine debris following storm events. As part of the Clean4Shore Program, the team boarded an oyster barge to transport them to the sites on Dangar Island and Long Island along the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales. An estimated 300 kg of marine debris was removed from the sites, items included surf skis, inflatable boats, plastic drums, oyster products, car tyres, plastic bottles and even a leather lounge chair. The community were thankful to the group for their hard work in removing the items. Many small bulk items still remain at the sites, last year 3.5 tonnes of marine debris was removed from the area, it is feared that the storms have brought in another influx of similar magnitude.