Found - 532 thongs

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - DONNA-MARIE MILNE

CAPE Kim­ber­ley Beach is back to its pris­tine nat­u­ral beauty af­ter Tan­garoa Blue vol­un­teers - with the help of a quad bike and boat - re­moved a moun­tain of marine de­bris last week.

Sit­u­ated on the north side of the Dain­tree River, Cape Kim­ber­ley Beach sits ad­ja­cent to the world fa­mous Great Bar­rier Reef but has be­come a marine de­bris hotspot due to its lo­ca­tion, pre­dom­i­nate winds and lo­cal cur­rents.

The colos­sal clean-up ef­fort re­sulted in an as­tound- ing 815kg of de­bris be­ing re­moved, con­sist­ing of 12,888 in­di­vid­ual items in­clud­ing pal­lets, tyres, bro­ken down plas­tic items, bot­tle tops and lids, and a weather bal­loon and poly­styrene.

A num­ber of peo­ple must also be plod­ding around in bare feet as there were 532 thongs washed up.

“It was hot and sweaty work, but vol­un­teers were ded­i­cated to get all this de­bris off the beach and the dif­fer­ence walk­ing back down the beach af­ter the clean-up was amaz­ing,” Tan­garoa Blue Ocean Care So­ci­ety’s Heidi Tay­lor said.

“I’d also like to say a mas­sive thank you to all the vol­un­teers and lo­cals who pro­vided the quad bike and boat and also put on a bar­be­cue.

“We would also like to thank Garry from the Wildlife Habi­tat in Port Dou­glas who do­nated a minibus for the day to trans­port vol­un­teers up to Cape Kim­ber­ley.

“And thanks also to Ranger Sam from the Queens­land Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice who re­moved and dis­posed of all the de­bris af­ter the event.”

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