Tan­garoa cleans up ev­ery way

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

IT was a very busy Satur­day for Tan­garoa Blue Foun­da­tion which spent the morn­ing clean­ing Woody Is­land be­fore re­ceiv­ing a $ 5000 do­na­tion that evening at the Cairns Un­der­wa­ter Film Fes­ti­val.

Around 30 Tan­garoa Blue vol­un­teers spent the day on Satur­day clean­ing Woody Is­land, lo­cated next to Low Isles, in prepa­ra­tion for the clo­sure of the is­land ready for the mi­gra­tion pi­geons from Septem­ber.

Tan­garoa man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Heidi Tay­lor said the coral/sandy sec­tions of the is­land were cov­ered by foot, the man­grove sec­tion by pad­dle boards/boats and five divers cleaned un­der­wa­ter at Low Isles to col­lect 215kg of de­bris - over 25 bags.

‘‘In the midst of all the rub­bish-col­lect­ing ex­cite­ment, the vol­un­teers swam past a mas­sive sleep­ing green tur­tle. It was a beau­ti­ful dive and they had a great time en­joy­ing the reef and help­ing the cause,’’ she said.

‘‘Most com­mon items col­lected were 669 bits of bro­ken hard plas­tic, 260 plas­tic lids and bot­tle tops, 216 pieces of foam, 163 pieces of weather bal­loon and 133 plas­tic drink bot­tles.’’

Af­ter clean­ing all morn­ing the vol­un­teers en­joyed a leisurely lunch at Low Isles be­fore head­ing back to Cairns for the Un­der­wa­ter Film Fes­ti­val.

Ms Tay­lor said they were thrilled to be sup­ported by this year’s Fes­ti­val and will use the $5000 they re­ceived to con­tinue run­ning clean up events and also track­ing the de­bris to the source to find find so­lu­tions to stop it from en­ter­ing water­ways in the first place.

‘‘As our fed­eral govern­ment fund­ing wound up on June 30th, do­na­tions like this one, are vi­tal in help­ing keep the Aus­tralian Marine De­bris Ini­tia­tive run­ning across our re­gion and Aus­tralia,’’ she said.

‘‘ We would like to thank ev­ery­one that at­tended on the night and the Cairns Un­der­wa­ter Film Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers for their sup­port, and con­grat­u­late all the win­ners for their stun­ning im­ages.’’

The next Tan­garoa Blue Foun­da­tion clean up is on Oc­to­ber 27 at Cape Kim­ber­ley and Snap­per Is­land in Novem­ber, for more in­for­ma­tion please visit www.tan­garoablue.org

CLEAN UP: Tan­garoa Blue clean up at Low Isles and Woody Is­land

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