Vol­un­teers clean up beaches af­ter cy­clone

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

CLOSE to 12.5 tonnes of rub­bish and ma­rine de­bris has been cleaned up along the Can­non­vale fore­shore and the bays of Shute Har­bour by Eco Barge Clean Seas and Mar­itime Safety Queens­land, in a bid to stop post-cy­clone waste from harm­ing sea life.

Eco Barge Clean Seas found­ing chair­woman Libby Edge said it had been “a mam­moth” clean-up, with more than 70 vol­un­teers work­ing over the past month to col­lect the land-based waste, in­clud­ing wreck­age from the cy­clone.

Spon­sored by Mar­itime Safety Queens­land, Eco Barge vol­un­teers spent three days clean­ing the fore­shore from Can­non­vale Beach to Abell Point Ma­rina, col­lect­ing 3700kg of de­bris from the rock walls and fore­shore.

Next, 56 vol­un­teers worked on Shute Har­bour and re­moved 8720kg of junk from bays and beaches, also over three days.

Ms Edge said in these same lo­ca­tions, she would nor­mally ex­pect to col­lect 200kg of waste.

Act­ing Min­is­ter for Main Roads and Ports, Steven Miles, said Mar­itime Safety Queens­land had worked with the lo­cal com­mu­nity to iden­tify the worst haz­ards and im­ple­ment strate­gies for their re­moval.

Teams of vol­un­teers will con­tinue work­ing on the Whit­sun­day is­lands, and are ex­pected to col­lect an­other 300kg of waste.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­MOVED: Some of the post-cy­clone ma­rine de­bris cleared by Eco Barge Clean Seas.

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