Magic clean-up at Woody

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AN AMAZ­ING show of com­mu­nity spirit brought to­gether 49 vol­un­teers and sev­eral boat crew to clean up a man­grove cov­ered shin­gle cay next to Low Isles re­cently.

Tan­garoa Blue Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Heidi Tay­lor said Woody Is­land - closed to vis­i­tors be­tween Septem­ber and March - was a haven for pied im­pe­rial pi­geons which live and breed on the is­land and ev­ery­one was keen to see what they would find in the clean-up.

“This was the first time since the pi­geons de­parted that we had been on the is­land,” she said.

“The vol­un­teer ef­fort was fo­cused on the wind­ward side, where south-east­erly winds throw up a lot of de­bris.

“As the bags came back it was clear this was go­ing to be an­other mas­sive haul.”

A whopping 637kg of ma­rine de­bris was re­moved, with 400kg be­ing hauled down from the man­groves alone.

The Aus­tralian Ma­rine De­bris Ini­tia­tive is an on-ground pro­gram that re­moves de­bris from the Aus­tralian coast­line and col­lects data on what is found and or­gan­ises the clean-up events lo­cally.

The ma­rine de­bris data­base is used to help iden­tify sources and so­lu­tions in an ef­fort to im­prove the health of the ma­rine and coastal en­vi­ron­ments.

Ms Tay­lor thanks all the vol­un­teers on the day and Malone’s Butch­ers for the do­na­tion of sausages.

The next clean-up event will be held in Cook­town on Sun­day, May 27. Visit www. tan­garoablue.org for more in­for­ma­tion.

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