Clean fight on beaches
MORE than two tonnes of plastic waste has been collected from WA beaches.
Volunteers cleaned up 120 beaches across WA on October 13 and 14, including Woodman Point, Coogee, Bathers and South beaches, as part of the annual Tangaroa Blue WA Marine Debris Project.
Organisers estimate about 80,000 items and 3000kg of rubbish was removed from the coastline, with plastic waste accounting for 70 per cent of items.
These included hard plastic bits, plastic film remnants, plastic food wrapping and bottles, plastic lids and plastic bags.
Other common items found were cigarette butts and filters, paper and cardboard, rope pieces, aluminium cans and broken glass.
In Fremantle, hundreds of plastic resin pellets were found littered among seaweed, with the foundation believing they were entering the ocean as waste from plastic manufacturing or leakage from local transport.
Interesting finds across WA included a fully intact chocolate food wrapper from 1992, a top-of-therange drone camera, an Australian flag and a medical vial of suspicious white powder that was forwarded to Border Force for testing.
Tangaroa Blue Foundation founder Heidi Taylor said the event enabled data collection and encouraged people to change behaviour.
“Out of all the environmental issues that the world is currently facing, marine debris and ocean pollution should be the easiest one to stop,” she said.
“Participating in a beach clean-up raises awareness of what’s washing up on our shores and what humans are carelessly discarding in the environment.
“We encourage people to consider what they see and find and make small changes to their own behaviour by being conscious of what they consume.” SOUTH Lake Primary School’s 2018 graduating class has left a legacy with a difference for future students to enjoy.
The group of almost 40 students decided to give the school’s old kindergarten building a facelift and enlisted the help of local artist Melski McVee to make the piece a reality.
South Lake PS teacher Jean Jeckells said their status as an official turtle watch school made the decision to paint an oblong turtle an easy one.
“South Lake PS has also recently become a positive behaviour support (PBS) school, with the oblong turtle being used in visuals around the school,” Ms Jeckells said.
“With the oblong turtle being a focus of South Lake PS and the local community, staff and students developed the idea of using it as a feature in the mural design.
“Students will get a sense of pride and ownership of the artwork they are involved in and will help support the implementation of PBS across the whole school.”