KEEPING IT BEAUTIFUL: The Surfrider Foundation-Contiki Storytellers 2015 Beach Clean up included; back row Brendan Donodue (Surfrider Foundation Northern Branches Sydney, National ex-Chairman), D'arcy Dineen (Noosa), Elli-Jean Coffey (Coolangatta), Jackson Coffey (Coolangatta), John McGrath (Surfrider Foundation Capricorn Coast), Pete Halvorsen (LA, USA)Front row L-R: Chelsea Yamase (Hawaii), Mollie Bylett (UK), Jordan Dyck (Canada), Jamie McDell (NZ), Masato Yukawa (Japan).
KEEPING IT BEAUTIFUL: The Surfrider Foundation-Contiki Storytellers 2015 Beach Clean up included; back row Brendan Donodue (Surfrider Foundation Northern Branches Sydney, National ex-Chairman), D'arcy Dineen (Noosa), Elli-Jean Coffey (Coolangatta), Jackson Coffey (Coolangatta), John McGrath (Surfrider Foundation Capricorn Coast), Pete Halvorsen (LA, USA)Front row L-R: Chelsea Yamase (Hawaii), Mollie Bylett (UK), Jordan Dyck (Canada), Jamie McDell (NZ), Masato Yukawa (Japan). Contributed

Surfrider group hosts Five Rocks clean up

FIVE Rocks and the Corio Bay area is one of the most beautiful local areas and as such is pretty important to many people.

The Surfrider Foundation Australia's Capricorn Coast branch is hosting the inaugural Five Rocks Clean Up / camping weekend in the Byfield National Park from Five Rocks beach, down Nine Mile Beach and through to Corio Bay, with free Exempt Camping Permits for all volunteers.

The Corio Bay/Shoalwater area is also a Ramsar site which means it is a crucial stop off and rest point for migratory shorebirds that can come from as far away as Siberia in the Northern hemisphere.

It is also a significant area for the Darumbal people who will be speaking on the day about their connections to this country.

Unfortunately, due to the popularity of the area, there are multiple threats that can have negative impacts such as unregulated 4WD use, fires and littering. This day hopes to shine a light on these issues and to inspire people to work together to ensure the area is taken care of into the future.

Surfrider Foundation is excited to have the support of Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef Dr Steven Miles.

Dr Miles said it was great to see the support of local community groups and volunteers who would be taking part in the Five Rocks Beach Clean Up of Nine Mile Beach and Five Rocks Beach, adjacent Byfield National Park, this weekend (September 3-4).

"The Queensland Government is proud to be supporting this important event through on-the-ground support from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service,” Dr Miles said.

"Litter is a major problem in Queensland which is why the Queensland Government is introducing a Container Deposit Scheme to get drink cans and bottles off our beaches, and out of our parks and public areas.

"The event is a great opportunity for everyone to come together and do their bit to look after their local environment.

"National parks and marine parks, in particular the Great Barrier Reef, are home to some of the richest biodiversity on the planet.

"It is important to keep our coastal waters clean to protect our unique wildlife in Queensland and to ensure that our beaches remain beautiful places.

"I encourage the community to get involved to help protect our marine environment and conserve our national parks for future generations to enjoy.”

Surfrider Foundation has conducted many clean-ups in the region before, but not like this.

Volunteers can win a share in more than $1000 worth of prizes in the Educational Trivia Sessions and the Complimentary Prize Raffle just for helping out.

There is also a free barbecue and live music on Saturday to help celebrate the guaranteed success of the event.

This event is supported by the Fitzroy Basin Association through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.



Iconic Rockhampton cathedral to reopen after massive renos

premium_icon Iconic Rockhampton cathedral to reopen after massive renos

Its roof was almost torn off when Cyclone Marcia struck in 2015

Capricornia MP backs hazard and emissions reduction plan

premium_icon Capricornia MP backs hazard and emissions reduction plan

Landry supports bushfire hazard reduction burns national standard.

Siblings set to shine for Australia in Test series

premium_icon Siblings set to shine for Australia in Test series

15 CQ touch players to don green and gold against New Zealand.