Beach blitz cleans Capricorn coastline of dirty debris
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
MORE than 100 volunteers lined up to assist with a major "beach blitz" clean-up across the Capricorn Coast last weekend.
Fitzroy River and Coastal Catchments (FRCC) project officer Shelly McArdle said groups - including the Plastic Bag Free group, FBA, Rockhampton Discovery Parks, Cedar Avenue Early Learning Centre, LSC, Cap Coast Landcare, GBRMPA, Fitzroy Basin Elders Com Gundoo Rangers, Cap Coast Outriggers, Scouts and Girl Guides, Surf Riders' Association, Paddle Capricornia, CQU, Emu Park Comm Bushcare and many individuals - had joined together in the blitz - with amazing results.
"Marine debris is man-made rubbish that ends up in our oceans, spreading over the sea floors, becoming tangled in coral and eaten by wildlife," Ms McArdle said.
"Large and small pieces of debris are threatening our environment.
"Some of the more unusual items we discovered were a lounge and deck chairs.
"Distressingly, we also found a terrible lot of bottle caps, which are a real hazard for the wildlife.
"We were thrilled with the turnout and will now look to partner with the community to extend the program with ongoing events," she said.
After another busy clean-up day, volunteer Lou Shipway was asking beach-users to take their rubbish home with them.
"If you love Livingstone, you need to look after it," Ms Shipway said.
"People come to the beach because they obviously love it, so all I ask is they take a little care and ensure they don't leave anything behind, big or small.
"If we all do our bit, we can continue to enjoy our beautiful landscape.
"There are four or five bins at the Bangalee Beach access ramp so, when I walk on the beach, I take along a bag and dispose of the rubbish on my way home.
"It takes little effort and the rewards speak for themselves.
"We have a lovely backyard, so let's look after it.
"I volunteered for the clean-up because I love where I live and love the beach.
"I find it very upsetting when I continually find rubbish and debris left on the beach. There is no excuse for it," she said.
Paddle Capricornia volunteer Kevin Roots agreed it was sad that marine debris and litter required a clean-up.
"It is very encouraging to see that the momentum in the community for making a change is growing," Mr Roots said.
"It was great to see so many people getting out and actively participating."
The community event was supported by Fitzroy Basin Association through funding from the Australian Government.