By­gone relics found in big clean-up

The Weekend Post - - News -

DANIEL BATE­MAN WRECKAGE, be­lieved to be from a World War II-era air­craft, has been found near Cairns Air­port dur­ing a beach clean-up.

Con­ser­va­tion group Par­ley for the Oceans has spent three weeks clear­ing rub­bish from the 3km stretch of beach at the mouth of the Bar­ron River.

Among the tonne of de­bris, they have found two cu­bic me­tres of plas­tic bot­tles, tyres, re­frig­er­a­tors and fridge parts, and dis­carded fish­ing equipment in­clud­ing net­ting.

Vol­un­teers also found riv­eted alu­minium pan­els be­long- ing to a plane be­lieved to be more than 70 years old. They have been sent to War­birds Ad­ven­tures Avi­a­tion Mu­seum at Ma­reeba for anal­y­sis.

Par­ley for the Seas’ Matt Whel­don said there was too much rub­bish for the small group to gather.

“Plas­tic marine de­bris de- grades and even­tu­ally gets to a pow­der form and en­ters the food chain,” he said.

Par­ley for the Oceans be­lieves the “power for change lies in the hands of the con­sumers” and “the power to shape this new con­sumer mind­set lies in the hands of the cre­ative in­dus­tries.”

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