It’s time your favourite beach got a spring clean

4 October 2016

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Last year’s Big Beach Spring Clean-up saw over 100 concerned locals come down and help out!

Has spring cleaning your house been a priority of late? How about for your local beach?

With the latter in mind, residents are invited to join the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and the City of Greater Geraldton (CGG) for Geraldton’s biggest beach clean-up event this year – on Sunday 9 October.

Geraldton’s third annual Big Beach Spring Clean-up will coincide with Tangaroa Blue’s annual WA Beach Clean-up, which last year resulted in more than 1,200 people removing 5,528kg of rubbish from WA’s coastline. That’s more than five tonnes of litter from our beaches!

All of the rubbish collected at the Big Beach Clean-up will be carefully scrutinised through material-type sorting and important data collection and analysis. The data collected in Geraldton will be combined with data from all over the country which will be used to help identify solutions to stop the flow of litter into our environment.

Geraldton participants are asked to meet at the east end of the Geraldton Foreshore at 9:30am on the day, to register, before heading off to their favourite local beach to start the big spring clean.

NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness said “NACC is thrilled to be hosting this event in Geraldton again. This year our ‘take home message’ will be focused on how people can reduce single-use plastics in their everyday life”.

Vanessa said there will be a free sausage sizzle lunch provided after the clean-up, as well as a number prizes up for grabs – including a beautiful bench made of recycled plastic, Keep Cups, reusable bottles, metal straws, and replacements for glad wrap.

For more information, please contact NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Vanessa McGuiness at Vanessa.McGuiness@nacc.com.au or on 9938 0108.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kym Jefferies kym.jefferies@nacc.com.au or call 9938 0124.

 

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