March 12, 2019
Reef Check Australia were proud to be part of this year's Clean Up Australia Day - which has become Australia's largest community based environmental event!
Our Brisbane team were invited over to Straddie by the The Stradbroke Island Management Organisation (SIMO) to participate in a clean up of Main Beach, at Point Lookout.
Our fantastic team of Reef Ambassadors helped collect over 170kg of debris, including 90,000 pieces of plastic, and an estimated 885 fishing glow sticks.
Emmie (a Straddie local), said that it was 'shocking seeing the amount of glow sticks from the fishing industry!', but added that it was awesome to see 'so many passionate people willing to do their bit' and take part in the clean up.
Thank you to the team for doing such a fantastic job, to SIMO for having us participate, and thanks to the Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grant for supporting our activities and clean ups in the region!
Meanwhile, Reef Check Australia on the Sunshine Coast was joined by Plastic Free Noosa and Councillor Joe Jurasevic for a clean up of the Noosa Marina on Friday as part of activities for Clean Up Australia Day. Despite the weather, teams managed to remove hundreds of bits of styrofoam, small bits of plastic, fishing debris and cigarette butts from the water and coastline. We will continue the investigation as to what is making up the debris in the area as soon as the weather decides to play nice!
Thank you to everyone who came and lent a hand on the day, and to Noosa Council for supporting this Clean Up Australia Day event.