Vol­un­teers clean up Sam’s Is­land for na­tional day

Pilbara News - - News - ■ Ali­cia Perera

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.”

Pic­ture: Brad Beau­mont

Sam’s Is­land, off Dampier, was the site of a vol­un­teer clean-up ef­fort at the week­end in prepa­ra­tion for Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

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