Clean fight on beaches

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than two tonnes of plas­tic waste has been col­lected from WA beaches.

Vol­un­teers cleaned up 120 beaches across WA on Oc­to­ber 13 and 14, in­clud­ing Wood­man Point, Coogee, Bathers and South beaches, as part of the an­nual Tan­garoa Blue WA Ma­rine De­bris Project.

Or­gan­is­ers es­ti­mate about 80,000 items and 3000kg of rub­bish was re­moved from the coast­line, with plas­tic waste ac­count­ing for 70 per cent of items.

Th­ese in­cluded hard plas­tic bits, plas­tic film rem­nants, plas­tic food wrap­ping and bot­tles, plas­tic lids and plas­tic bags.

Other com­mon items found were cig­a­rette butts and fil­ters, pa­per and card­board, rope pieces, alu­minium cans and bro­ken glass.

In Fre­man­tle, hun­dreds of plas­tic resin pel­lets were found lit­tered among seaweed, with the foun­da­tion be­liev­ing they were en­ter­ing the ocean as waste from plas­tic man­u­fac­tur­ing or leak­age from lo­cal trans­port.

In­ter­est­ing finds across WA in­cluded a fully in­tact cho­co­late food wrap­per from 1992, a top-of-therange drone cam­era, an Aus­tralian flag and a med­i­cal vial of sus­pi­cious white pow­der that was for­warded to Bor­der Force for test­ing.

Tan­garoa Blue Foun­da­tion founder Heidi Tay­lor said the event en­abled data col­lec­tion and en­cour­aged peo­ple to change be­hav­iour.

“Out of all the en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues that the world is cur­rently fac­ing, ma­rine de­bris and ocean pol­lu­tion should be the eas­i­est one to stop,” she said.

“Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a beach clean-up raises aware­ness of what’s wash­ing up on our shores and what hu­mans are care­lessly dis­card­ing in the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider what they see and find and make small changes to their own be­hav­iour by be­ing con­scious of what they con­sume.” SOUTH Lake Pri­mary School’s 2018 grad­u­at­ing class has left a legacy with a dif­fer­ence for fu­ture stu­dents to en­joy.

The group of al­most 40 stu­dents de­cided to give the school’s old kinder­garten build­ing a facelift and en­listed the help of lo­cal artist Mel­ski McVee to make the piece a re­al­ity.

South Lake PS teacher Jean Jeck­ells said their sta­tus as an of­fi­cial tur­tle watch school made the de­ci­sion to paint an ob­long tur­tle an easy one.

“South Lake PS has also re­cently be­come a pos­i­tive be­hav­iour sup­port (PBS) school, with the ob­long tur­tle be­ing used in vi­su­als around the school,” Ms Jeck­ells said.

“With the ob­long tur­tle be­ing a fo­cus of South Lake PS and the lo­cal com­mu­nity, staff and stu­dents de­vel­oped the idea of us­ing it as a fea­ture in the mu­ral de­sign.

“Stu­dents will get a sense of pride and own­er­ship of the art­work they are in­volved in and will help sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of PBS across the whole school.”­mu­ni­ d487836

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