New South Wales

Rubbish “plague” conquered

Clean4shoreA “rubbish plague” – this is what the seven volunteers from Clean4shore together with the Macmasters Beach Surf Club called what they encountered: On only 1 km of beach at Brisbane Waters these tough helpers removed 400 kg of debris on Clean up Australia Day (6th March).

It took 45 bags to fit it all in with a decent percentage of plastic bottles. It makes you wonder what (or if) people think when leaving so much rubbish behind after their picnic. How lucky are we to have motivated people who are willing to get their hands dirty and take action! Without those groups and individuals some beaches wouldn’t look half as clean as they do. For more information visit Clean4Shore 

Camping chairs & bean bag balls found their final destination

201602 Oyster bargeOnce again, the big oysters barge was of good use when eight tough Green Army volunteers and staff from the Gosford Council joined Clean4Shore to tackle muddy mangroves, bulky rubbish and a pile of bean bag balls that had to be cleaned up in the Empire Bay Wetlands in NSW.

What people dump there would be enough to fill a house: Amongst oyster products, poly pipes, lounge cushions, foam mattresses, timber stairs, a trampoline frame, water drums, deck chairs and countless tyres were removed from this worn down site - not to forget the pile of the before mentioned styrofoam balls that were probably the item with the highest possibility of getting mistaken for food and eaten by wild animals.

In total 1.4 tonnes of rubbish were hauled through knee deep water onto the barge to take back to the council truck. Clean-ups are a tricky undertaking when your activity is ruled by tides and the site tricky to access. Great effort by the crew to not shy away from these obstacles and make removing the rubbish a priority!

Oyster barge on rubbish mission

oyster bargeOnce again the oyster barge was put to good use: Eight volunteers from Telstra via Corporate Care got their hands dirty and pulled whooping 3 metric tons of derelict oyster products from Fox Bay in northern NSW. The keen helpers had to push the barge through the mud to load it with thousands of oyster sticks, a car bonnet, outdoor tables and boat decking. 70 plastic sheets were buried in the mud and required everyone's muscles to be pulled out, whilst stacking all that timber on the barge proved to be an advanced Tetris task. Assisted by a big crane the heavy load was later stacked on land for disposal by the National Parks. It was thanks to funding from the NSW Fisheries, Clean4shore and Corporate Landcare that this event could be pulled off. In about 2 weeks the group are planning on removing the outstanding 3 tons of rubbish from the same location.

Goodbye, dumpsite!

2101510 INGSix volunteers of ING DIRECT had their first experience of cleaning up their environment and were thrown into the deep end: Kincumber Creek in NSW had accumulated huge piles of dumped litter and debris from the oyster industry and residents alike - a pontoon, car tyres, plastic piping, household rubbish, an old TV - you name it. Thanks to the funding from Corporate Landcare, a big oyster barge for the day and the Gosford Council tip truck, the rubbish could get removed from the shore and taken to the tip a part of the Clean4Shore program!


Beach clean-up of a different kind

201510 Clean4ShoreEleven volunteers of "The Glen" and Macmasters Beach SLSC took action through the Clean4Shore program: Not to fill clean-up bags with the usual plastic bottles and cigarette butts, but to make 6-8 tonnes of dumped oyster products disappear from Fox Bay in NSW. On 60 short metres of beach three giant piles of tar covered hardwood, metal drums, plastic oyster mesh, gas bottles, car tyres, boat hull parts and shade cloth were waiting for the right opportunity to be relocated from the coast to their more natural habitat - the Woy Woy tip.