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A Wet One at Avoca Lake with OCCI!

20130303 OCCIWhat a wet day! It was torrential, BUT we still had 16 OCCI (Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives) Central Coast members turn up to tackle debris on the fringes of our lovely lagoon.

Mick Kilp, a member of our group, who runs a kayaking venture on the lagoon and works constantly to keep its waters pristine supplied the kayaks and set up the venture with bags and gloves whilst Janice McTackett organised the round up of volunteers AND provided a yummy lunch with the help of husband Les. Thanks Guys.

Whist we spent about 2 hours actually out collecting, counting at the end, then socialising for a while we actually spent about 4.5 hours at the site. Whilst much of the debris was ciggarette butts, drink bottles and food packaging there was an odd assortment of clothing, shoes, a couple of tyres, a bin, a fishing rod, a wheel barrow and a charmingly decorated glass bottle covered in barnacles.

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Clean-up at Blacksmiths Beach a Gleaming Success

201301 Lake MacquarieDespite the looming clouds, more than 70 volunteers came together to help Blacksmiths Beach gleam bright, free from rubbish and debris.

Lake Macquarie City Council, together with Oceanwatch and the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority, hosted the Blacksmiths Beach clean-up event on Saturday, 19 January.

More than two tonnes of discarded rubbish and washed up debris was hauled from the rocks, sand and dunes in the first local coast clean-up event in 2013. The strangest relic uncovered was a rusted old 4WD chassis that was dragged more than 10km down the beach, along with a car engine.

From tyres, microwaves and mattresses to bottles, cans and plastic bags, the hard working volunteers cleared the beach, filling more than 10 trailer loads and 75 large bags.

Manager Sustainability, Alice Howe, was very thankful to all who donated their time to make a difference to our local coastline.

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