New South Wales

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.


Marine Discovery Series - NSW Central Coast

201211 Terrigal thWhat do a pair of false teeth, 4696 thongs and an octopus night-light all have in common?

Well a Marine Discovery Series held along the NSW Central Coast between Terrigal and Salamander Bay will investigate that exact question from November 27 - 30th.

The CMA in partnership with Port Stephens Council is coordinating a FREE Marine Discovery Series event to explore the impact marine debris has on our local coastline and how we can help to reduce this problem. Guest Speaker Heidi Taylor co-founder and Managing Director of Tangaroa Blue Foundation, a registered charity focused on the health of our marine environment will talk about practical solutions that can improve our coastline.


Ca$h for Containers Campaign - NSW

20121001 Cash4ContainersShow your support for a nationwide campaign for cash deposits on beverage containers to help reduce litter and waste.

The Nation's environment ministers are meeting in June to make decisions about packaging regulation, including possible introduction of a nationwide container deposit scheme (CDS). CDS has proven successful in greatly reducing litter and promoting resource recovery around the world, including in South Australia for the past 35 years! Let's show the ministers we want it here too!


Mermaid Magic on 7 Mile Beach - Broken Head

20120311 BrokenHead7 Mile Beach at Broken Head, on NSW's northern coastline was a hive activity on Sunday 11th March, as the local Mermaid MerPod led a group of 49 volunteers including musician Jack Johnson and his family on a beach cleanup as part of ongoing events in the area.

The group had done a clean up at 7 Mile Beach in November 2011 when 200kg of debris was removed, and were curious as to how much they would find this time, and it turned out they had their work cut out for them!

With a total of 433kg collected in just one hour from 1.2km of beach, bags were transported back to Broken Head where the sorting and counting began, and volunteers were treated to a well earned BBQ lunch!


Oceanika Merpods Help Clean Up at 7 Mile Beach

20111126 BrokenHeadSaturday morning 26th November, saw a whole lot of fun happening at Broken Head and Seven Mile Beach. The Oceanika Merpod with Tangaroa Blue Foundation and Revolve Your World partnered to organize and host a beach clean up. The morning was spent inspiring and educating the 35 or so children and adults who were happily cleaning up the beach.

I thought I was "aware" when it came to Ocean conservation and environmental issues. Seven Mile beach looks pristine to most people, myself included, but to my shock the amount of toxic debris on the beach was a massive wake up call. We have so much work to do! there is literally tonnes of broken up bits of plastic on the tide lines and up into the bush just behind the dunes.