New South Wales

A Trashy School Excursion

2010102 EurobodallaLOn Wednesday 22nd October 2014 students from Batemans Bay, Sunshine Bay, Mogo, Moruya, Bodalla, and Narooma Primary Schools had a beach day with a trashy difference.

The students joined Eurobodalla Shire Council environment education officers Bernadette Davis and Tom Dexter who took them on a marine debris clean-up along Shark Bay at Broulee. The students learnt how to sort and tally the debris then record it with Tangaroa Blue.

Each school was represented by about 6 students who were asked to take the information back to their schools and organise and run a debris clean-up at their local beach or river. The first school to do so wins a prize!

The Glen Remove 1.58 tonnes from Pelican Island!

20140925 PI1The team from The Glen were back on the job at Pelican Island last week as part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program. The mission for the day was to remove an old barge from the mangroves in the bay of the island.

In perfect tidal water the team was eager to get started, with many volunteers being involved in the program for the first time. Simon's barge was able to be positioned adjacent to the barge for easier loading. Crow bars, sledge hammers and plenty of muscle soon removed the sides, with the flooring cut into manageable pieces, to be lifted for removal.

The second larger barge, partly finished from previous trips, was then slowly dismantled, leaving only a piece of the flooring, remaining before the falling tide made for a quick exit. The flooring piece was floated to a more accessible site, for easier pickup on the next trip.


The Glen Remove Another Tonne!

20140619 PI1The Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program (Clean4shore) headed back to Kincumber and Pelican Creeks mid-June and with the help of the men from The Glen removed another 1050kg from the river!

The Glen met Clean4shore team at the Pony Club at 9am and after an event briefing and handing out PPE gear, the group moved down the hill to the oyster piles.

There was a brief interruption as the boys found a red belly black snake 2 metres long, caught in an oyster mesh tray. Delicately one of the team, cut and removed the snake, setting it free in the bush.


The Glen Turn Demolition Team!

201405 The Glen

As part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore Program (Clean4shore), clean-ups have been taking place as part of their Buff Point Grant. On May 8th, members of The Glen Aboriginal Men's Group joined in for the demolitian and removal of three old barges in the bay in Pelican Island.

Under a threatening sky and a falling tide, the team from The Glen, utilised Simon Funnel's oyster barge to get into the bay. Time was critical as the falling tide, would make the return difficult.


Holiday Makers Help out at Bensville Jetty

Bruce Andrew Olivia Ollie Amber Hugh and SophieA small family on holidays at Macmasters Beach, gave Clean4shore a go, joining local volunteers for a clean-up at Bensville Jetty. 14 full bags of litter were retrieved, plus plenty of larger items including a toilet seat, irrigation pipe, truck and car tyre, oyster products, deck chairs, treated pine, shade cloth, tarpaulins and fence palings. The most common items were the 280 plastic bottles, plus 420 plastic bags or pieces of plastic. In total 480kgs were removed and disposed off at the Woy Woy landfill.

Unfortunatley some residents have cut paths through the mangrove system to enable them to reach the water's edge from their houses. 

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award students assisted in the clean-up as part of their required community service and great support from local shop owner Sue from Bottle Tree Café who took care of the volunteers following the clean-up.