Vol­un­teers clear beach of rub­bish

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

Vol­un­teers ar­rived at Yea­garup Beach near Pem­ber­ton at the week­end to play their part in clean­ing up the Aus­tralian coast­line.

The Keep Aus­tralia Beau­ti­ful Coun­cil ran a na­tion­wide pro­gram to en­cour­age peo­ple to help get rid of waste found at their lo­cal beaches.

Pem­ber­ton Dis­cov­ery Tours was first in­volved with the clean-up about 10 years ago.

This year the com­pany pro­moted the clean-up at Perth’s four-wheel-drive show, be­cause Yea­garup Beach is four-wheeldrive ac­ces­si­ble.

Pem­ber­ton Dis­cov­ery Tours co-owner Toni Dearle helped run the event and said 41 peo­ple with 25 four-wheel-drive ve­hibefore

cles turned up to help out. She said most of the rub­bish found at Yea­garup had washed ashore from boats, but some was from campers and other four-wheeldrivers.

“It is re­ally im­por­tant peo­ple who go four-wheel-driv­ing know the im­pact they make on the en­vi­ron­ment and think twice they throw some­thing out the win­dow,” Mrs Dearle said.

“It is also good for them to be aware that it is not just them, we also get a lot of boat rub­bish on the beaches down this way.”

This year the clean-up group re­ceived per­mis­sion from the coun­cil to drop off the rub­bish col­lected at the lo­cal dump.

Mrs Dearle said the clean-up was a team ef­fort and plan­ning for next year was al­ready be­gin­ning.

“If any­one is cu­ri­ous about the area and wants to go out, or is new to four wheel driv­ing, this clean-up would be a great op­por­tu­nity for them,” she said.

“Peo­ple can jump on our ve­hi­cles and join us in the clean-up and ba­si­cally do what would nor­mally be a paid tour but they get to help the en­vi­ron­ment too.”

Some of the rub­bish picked up on Yea­garup Beach by the vol­un­teer team on Sun­day.

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