Volunteers clean up Sam’s Island for national day
A team of volunteers took a trip to historic Sam’s Island off the Dampier coast last weekend in preparation for Australia Day celebrations next week.
Dampier skipper and event organiser Brad Beaumont ferried volunteers to and from the island on his boat on Sunday, where they spent the morning clearing rocks, dusting off seating and raking up, ready for a rush of visitors next Tuesday.
The island’s landmarks — the castle built by former resident Sam Ostolich and his gravesite — were focuses.
Mr Beaumont, who leads community clean-ups on Sam’s Island several times a year, said this one was necessary because the island was a popular celebration spot for the national day.
“The Australia Day event over there is wonderful,” he said. “You just bring your boat over and we have flags and guitars and it’s great.
“We start with lots of different groups, and by the end of the day it’s all one group.”
The volunteers’ hard work was rewarded with a barbecue lunch.
Mr Beaumont said a new 50mm water pipe installed just before Christmas had rejuvenated plant life on Sam’s Island and he still had plans to establish a care group for it.
“We’re trying to show everyone this is your island,” he said.
“It’s part of your backyard, and it’s up to you to keep it clean and nice.”
Sam’s Island, off Dampier, was the site of a volunteer clean-up effort at the weekend in preparation for Australia Day celebrations.