Clean­ing on the go

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

THOSE clean­ing the Swan River say a safe dragged from the es­tu­ary shows the fu­ture is not se­cure for the wa­ter­way un­less the pub­lic takes re­spon­si­bil­ity for its care.

“How do you make peo­ple in­crease their cus­to­di­an­ship of one of the most beau­ti­ful and healthy rivers in an Aus­tralian city?” Depart­ment of Parks and Wildlife com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Ja­son Men­zies said.

Af­ter dis­carded fish­ing lines en­tan­gled dol­phins in the river last year, DoPAW and the Swan River Trust’s River Guardian vol­un­teers joined forces with 21 river­side coun­cils and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups, in­clud­ing Cottes­loe’s Earth Car­ers, to hold the first an­nual #CleanOurRivers last week.

“It’s all about peo­ple clean­ing up their parts of their rivers, wa­ter­ways, lakes and ponds, not just on a spe­cial day once a year, but when they are out recre­at­ing at any time,” the Parks and Wildlife of­fi­cer said.

The safe was found bro­ken and empty by River Guardian vol­un­teers un­der the Nar­rows Bridge when #CleanOurRivers started last Mon­day, be­fore other or­gan­ised cleanups at Como last Fri­day and Black Wall Reach last week­end.

How­ever, Mr Men­zies said river lovers should be pick­ing up dis­carded fish­ing lines, bot­tles, cans, or other rub­bish at any time while walk­ing their dogs.

Cy­clists and run­ners could take a plas­tic bag along dur­ing their trip and spend five min­utes gath­er­ing any­thing left be­hind by oth­ers.

“And if you’re on the wa­ter in your kayak, grab any­thing you may find bob­bing about,” he said. Earth Care vol­un­teers, sup­ported by Clare­mont Coun­cil, found bot­tles, drink lids, straws, de­flated bal­loons and cig­a­rette butts dom­i­nat­ing shore­line rub­bish be­tween Clare­mont Yacht Club and Clare­mont Mu­seum last Wed­nes­day. “The bal­loons are prob­a­bly from river­side par­ties and picnics, and are re­ally bad as they look like food to river wildlife, and if they eat them they’ll never eat again,” Earth Carer co- or­di­na­tor Libby Eus­tance said.

Earth Carer co-or­di­na­tor Libby Eus­tance and DoPW com­mu­nity en­gage­ment of­fi­cer Ja­son Men­zies joined Ned­lands’ Kate and Keani Schip­per clean­ing Clare­mont fore­shore.

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