Beach crew cleans up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

A RUSTY old tire, a child’s bike, a large con­veyer belt, an­i­mal sy­ringes and a Rem­ing­ton bul­let holder are just some of the ran­dom ar­ti­facts found for CleanUp Aus­tralia Day. Vol­un­teers from Tan­garoa Blue, Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises and Wave­length Marine Char­ters hit Cow Bay Beach and Cape Kim­ber­ley to clean up the rub­bish washed up on our lo­cal beaches.

Tan­garoa Blue man­ager Heidi Tay­lor or­gan­ised a team to clean Cow Bay af­ter hear­ing that it was badly pol­luted.

“It was pleas­ing to see that Cow Bay was rel­a­tively clean with bits of rub­bish weigh­ing 13kg,” she said.

“Over 2920 items of de­bris had been col­lected at Cape Kim­berly weigh­ing 149kg in­clud­ing 1104 pieces of bro­ken hard plas­tic, 834 pieces of poly­styrene foam, 348 lids, 89 shoes and 53 cig­a­rette lighters.”

The vol­un­teer who found the most un­usual item was Erin Smart and the vol­un­teer who could guess the to­tal amount of kilo­grams col­lected was Tanya Galvin.

Photo by SAM SMALLBONE

Job well done: the Tan­garoa Blue clean-up crew

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