Spring Cleaning – Coastline Edition

October 14 – 17 was WA Beach Clean-Up weekend, a Tangaroa Blue annual initiative encouraging and supporting communities to keep their beaches and waterways clean, as well as record their collected items on the Australian Marine Debris Initiative (AMDI) database.

This year, the NACC NRM Coastal and Marine team attended two local clean-ups over the weekend, with the coastal trailer and BBQ in tow.

We joined Dongara’s Community Resource Centre (CRC) and over 30 enthusiastic volunteers of all ages on a stunning Saturday morning at 7 Mile Beach. Among the 63kg of debris collected were glow sticks, over 122 meters of rope, and a hat that found a new home!

The Coastal team’s very own  Mic Payne, joined by local legends, provided quality and on-topic live tunes, keeping our debris sorters motivated and our sausage sizzle eaters entertained!

On sunny Sunday, we joined Cape Burney’s newly founded Greenough River Friends, who collected nearly 26kg of debris, and sorted 642 items. This small group is hitting the ground (beach) running (strolling at an observant and curious pace) and making a big impact; removing mostly rope scraps, metal bottle tops, hard plastic and broken glass.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported these beach cleans and the many others that took place locally and throughout the state over the weekend, and a big thank you to everyone who removes rubbish regularly to keep our coasts clean!

All data from these events has been entered into the AMDI Database providing evidence and data to support further research, policy and behaviour change, which is critical in reducing marine debris at its source.  

To keep up to date with these local community and Coastcare groups, be sure to follow them on socials at Dongara CRC and Greenough River Friends, or contact alanah.campbell@nacc.com.au for more information.

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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Well done to all who contributed, our beaches & ocean will reap the reward of your work.
Just need to educate people not to chuck things over board from their fishing boats etc.

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