MOST children would spend weekend mornings sleeping in or watching cartoons.

But Ava Kersey spent her Saturday with the Yeppoon Scout Group and other volunteers cleaning up Farnborough Beach.

Joining the dedicated locals was conservationist Bob Irwin, who applauded the efforts of community groups and Livingstone Shire Council to ban plastic bags and campaign for the introduction of container collection schemes.

Earlier this year, Plastic Bag Free Livingstone and Keppel MP Brittany Lauga started a parliamentary petition to rid Livingstone Shire of single-use bags.

In half an hour, the group managed to collect several bags full of rubbish from around the beach.

Mr Irwin said it was great to see so many young people joining in the clean up.

"They're the ones we're doing it for," he said.

"It's your responsibility and mine to make sure we don't leave a mess for our children to clean up so as they grow up they understand what's required and don't blame us too much for the mess we've made."

Mr Irwin said it was important community groups, governments and the public worked together to keep waterways and beaches clean.

"If we keep doing that we can make a huge difference," he said.

"I've had experience at cleaning up beaches for some time now.

"It doesn't matter how many times you do it, sometimes it kind of makes you feel ashamed to be a human.

"We're the most dominant species on the planet and we tend to impose our will upon every other living entity upon this planet.

"If we can get that through to the young ones, I think we've got a really good chance.

"I've spoken personally to a couple of the young ones today and I am really impressed with the way they view things."

Speaking about the proposed single-use bag ban, Mr Irwin said the move had been successful in other states.

"There is no reason why we, as proud Queenslanders, can't do the same thing," he said.

"I'd like to then see it continued Australia-wide.

"That means then that our beautiful marine animals have got a better chance at survival.

"When you see a marine turtle that's floating on the surface because it's eaten a plastic bag, it's a very sad experience and I'd like never to have to see that again."



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