For the love of na­ture

Vi­tal en­vi­ron­men­tal part­ner­ship formed by cru­saders

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­news.com.au

COM­MU­NITY groups are key to any so­ci­ety’s well­be­ing, par­tic­u­larly when it comes to our en­vi­ron­ment.

They do ev­ery­thing from ad­vo­cat­ing on its be­half, as­sist­ing in its clean­ing and en­sur­ing it’s main­tained for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.

And on the Sun­shine Coast, there’s var­i­ous groups who each play an im­por­tant part in this realm.

Now these com­mu­nity groups are all com­ing to­gether, cour­tesy of a newly formed part­ner­ship with Uni­ty­wa­ter and Sun­shine Coast Council to take a col­lec­tive stance.

Their first mis­sion is a clean-up of Cur­rimundi Lake on Novem­ber 19.

Ocean Cru­saders founder and or­gan­iser of the event, Ian Thom­son, says it’s more than just “clean­ing up” and rather about the ed­u­ca­tion.

“We hope peo­ple can change their pur­chas­ing habits when they go shop­ping,” he said.

“We want peo­ple to learn how they can best look after our en­vi­ron­ment.

“And so they can learn about the peo­ple down there clean­ing their wa­ter­ways as a lot of peo­ple don’t see their hard work.”

Di­vi­sion 3 coun­cil­lor Peter Cox is en­cour­ag­ing the en­tire com­mu­nity to get in­volved in the event.

“Bring your boards down, have a pad­dle and help the com­mu­nity tackle plas­tic pol­lu­tion at Cur­rimundi,” he said.

“We en­cour­age ev­ery­one who en­joys the use of our beau­ti­ful beaches and wa­ter­ways to work with the com­mu­nity and dis­pose of their lit­ter thought­fully to help us pro­tect our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and marine life.”

For more de­tails, con­tact or­gan­iser Ian Thom­son on 0412 932 808.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: The Ocean Cru­saders at a pre­vi­ous clean-up.

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