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Renewed warning – Toxic Canisters wash up in North QLD

20121025 CanisterThe Queensland Police Service is urging beach goers to avoid handling silver canisters washed up on beaches and to immediately call Triple Zero (000) to report them to authorities.

Since October 2012, a number of canisters similar to that pictured have washed up on beaches along the entire east coast of Australia from Thursday Island to the north and Tasmania to the south.

The most recent incident was today, with a member of the public handing in a canister containing Aluminium Phosphide to the Smithfield Police Station.

The canisters are described as being approximately 30 cm high and 15 cm in diameter and contain Aluminium Phosphide, which could be fatal if inhaled or ingested.

Aluminium Phosphide is a colourless, flammable and toxic gas. Mild exposure by inhalation causes indefinite feeling of sickness, ringing in the ears, fatigue, nausea and pressure in the chest which is relieved by getting away from the gas and getting fresh air.

The chemical, when exposed to air or moisture, can generate the highly toxic phosphine gas that could also self ignite in the right conditions. It is not known where these canisters originate from.

If you locate one of these canisters, or any similar type of container, leave the canister where it is and do not attempt to move it.

Police urge you to call Triple Zero '000' immediately to report the discovery to trained QFES Hazchem officers. Do not attempt to move or open these canisters.

 

2014 Tangaroa Blue Foundation AGM

Notice is given that Tangaroa Blue Foundation Ltd ACN 138636521 will hold the 2014 AGM at Naturaliste Community Centre, Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough, WA 6281 on Wednesday 15th October, 2014 at 7.00pm. All members and guests are invited.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 12th.

Thank you!

The Love Project - Vote for your beach!

PhoenixMore than 150,000,000 pieces of rubbish are strewn upon Australia's beaches, big news considering more than 80% of Australians live within 100km of the coast. Alarmed by this overwhelming statistic, Phoenix Organics has joined forces with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Sustainable Coastlines to create The Love Project. This project aims to empower Aussies to vote and help clean up and protect our much-loved coastlines.

Australians can visit Phoenix's Facebook page to vote for the beach they love the most and would like to keep clean. The Phoenix Love Project has contributed $40,000 to Sustainable Coastlines and Tangaroa Blue Foundation to complete beach cleanup projects over the summer months.

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Washed Ashore Jill Chism with Tangaroa Blue Volunteers

Jill Chism1LThis work is created in collaboration with Tangaroa Blue, an Australia-wide marine debris clean-up organisation, which relies almost entirely on volunteer participation. Washed Ashore highlights the excessive quantities of marine debris now accumulating on Australian beaches and encourages individuals to take action.

The use of blended colours mimics our initial attraction to products, which soon turns into waste/repulsion. It is also now understood that the massive pile up of garbage in the oceans currents (some of these twice as big as Texas such as The Great Pacific Garbage Patch) breaks down to become micro particles that are consumed by plankton to become part of the food chain . In this way we are consuming our own plastic waste while changing forever the make-up of the natural environment.

This work is an encouragement to do something positive about the situation. Each individuals actions becomes a powerful collective response, as can be seen by the work achieved by the organisation Tangaroa Blue.

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Vote for your Favourite Beach!

PhoenixWant to help protect our beautiful coastlines? Join Tangaroa Blue & Phoenix Drinks by voting for your favourite beach and we could be heading there this summer to give it some TLC!

The beach in Australia and another beach in New Zealand who gets the most votes will have a beach clean-up organised by Tangaroa Blue, Sustainable Coastlines and Phoenix Drinks this summer. So if you know a beach that could do with some TLC vote today!