‘Shocking’ visit to Five Rocks for visiting online stars
NINE social media gurus with a reach of over 1.5 million people visited Five Rocks on Monday, and what did they find?
About 112kg of plastic.
The group, which comprised of bloggers, surfers, photojournalists and models, were on the Capricorn Coast participating in Contiki's Storyteller initiative.
The project was designed to highlight the environmental and health problems associated with marine plastic debris, while collecting data for the Tangaroa Blue's Australian Marine Debris Database.
The storytellers teamed up with Surfrider's Capricorn Coast branch president John McGrath, who said the rainy weather didn't stop the group completing their mission.
"We took them to Five Rocks on the Capricorn Coast to show them first-hand the massive quantities of marine debris, mainly plastics, impacting the Great Barrier Reef, even when remote from civilisation," he said.
"We removed 112kg off one beach in less than an hour.
"We can be proud - 112kg less plastics in the Great Barrier Reef marine system to smother reefs and slowly kill birds, fish and mammals alike, and decrease enjoyment of the beach."
The Yeppoon man said the storytellers were shocked by the quantities of debris on the beach after viewing the "extraordinary wild beauty" of the area from above at Stockyard Pt, and left the area motivated to drive change.
"Imagine if we can get more people, especially youth, involved in reduce, reuse, recycle," John said.
"The message in the bottle on the beach is we need to act now and that 'we' is everyone - youth, parents, adults, shops, travellers, industry and government! With plastics think 'Do I really need it?' Is there a way I can use less of it?"
The coast visit will feature in a Contiki documentary released in December.