With just a few short days left until the official Clean Up Australia Day, the NACC team chose to once again participate in the Business Clean Up Day and get their hands dirty in support of this important Nation-wide event.
After piling into the work vehicles and completing the short drive down to coast to Flat Rocks beach, our crew joined up with a team of friends from some of our important partner organisations.
Volunteers included a group from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions as well as a few helping hands from Mid West Ports.
With hats on heads and bags in hands, the 15 participants split up into smaller groups and headed into the dunes and along the waterline to collect any rubbish and marine debris they came across.
The information collected helps identify the sources of environmental contamination and assists with the development of innovations to reduce future impacts.
It was a truly successful day, not only did the group get to enjoy a beautiful view and a morning out of the office and in the bright sunshine but also managed to collect 10 full bags of rubbish equating to 120kg.
More than 1500 items were counted after being collected across 250m of beach – these items included almost 700 individual pieces of foam buoy, nearly 100m of rope and over 200 pieces of plastic.
NACC Sustainability Coordinator Emma Jackson said she had been wanting to do a big clean up down at Flat Rocks for a while as there was always a lot of marine debris in the area.
“It is also a little way out of town, so it doesn’t get as much attention as some of the closer beaches,” she said.
“It was great to be able to take advantage of the Business Clean Up Day to get a big team down there to help out.”
Mid West Ports Environmental Officer Erin Gibbens said she really enjoined the day and was surprised at how much rubbish there was down on the beach.
“It was great to see different organisations taking part and hopefully next year there will be even more.”
There are a number of local events taking place on Clean Up Australia Day (Sunday) in Geraldton – for more information and to find an event visit the website here.
This event was supported via NACC’s Elevate Your Impact project assisted by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program supported by Royalties for Regions.
For more information about this project, visit https://www.nacc.com.au/project/elevate-your-impact/ or contact Sarah Samulkiewicz-Taylor at NACC via email [email protected], or mobile 0408891 502.
This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program, supported by Royalties for Regions.