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.

This opportunity arose when the NSW Fisheries provided funding and the peak tides enabled the barges to get into the bay. With support from the Brisbane Waters National Park the hard working volunteers didn't mind stepping into the murky waters, fully equipped with wetsuits and life vests, and loading the rubbish by hand onto the barge. Over 5 hours later with the outgoing tide making the crew hurry up, the first 2 tonnes were removed from the beach. Logistics, people, barge and funding are in place to haul the rest of the debris onto shore - now the team is only waiting for favourable tides to make this happen again.