Spring has sprung

While many were still in bed enjoying their Sunday morning sleep-in, more than 100 local residents took to their favourite beaches to get them spring ready.

The Geraldton Big Beach Spring Clean event drew about 110 people to the foreshore on Sunday, October 18, in a community-driven effort to pick up rubbish across Geraldton’s favourite beaches.

Stretching as far south as Tarcoola Beach and up to Drummonds Cove, an amazing 280kg of rubbish was collected on the day, breaking last year’s record by 20kg.

Among the finds of the day were stray shoes, intact sunglasses, hats, rope and even a whole cray pot. (View the Big Beach Spring Clean photo gallery).

Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator Dr Mic Payne said the event showcased Geraldton’s keen community spirit.

“About 26 different ‘teams’ of community members helped to make this event happen by volunteering their time to help clean up our coast line,” he said.

“These groups also helped sort about 160kg of this rubbish on the day, which is a great effort in helping keep track of what is turning up on our shoreline.

“The main purpose of this event was not only to help collect data for Tangaroa Blue’s Marine Debris Initiative, but it was also to engage our local community, to increase understanding about the impacts of marine debris; the more we can increase people’s understanding and awareness of these impacts, the more likely they will be to make the changes to help reduce these impacts in the future.”

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